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The History of Healing Winds Conference

Members of St James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, North Carolina, were interested in the ministry of healing prayer. So, they organized the first of the parish's healing conferences in 1978 with the Rev. John Park, Warden of OSL, as speaker. During the next 17 years, several healing missions were held in Black Mountain.

In 1993, the Rev. John Rice came to St James, and continued the healing ministry. In 1995, The Rev. Mark Pearson led the first annual "Healing Winds Conference". In 2001. Rev. John Rice left St James Church as its Rector, and became the Director of Centurion House. This was an ecumenical healing ministry in Asheville, North Carolina, that he and a group of people founded and dedicated to the healing ministry. Centurion House took responsibility for the continuation of the Healing Winds Conference each October. When Centurion House closed in 2006, the Order of St Luke (OSL) Chapters of Hayesville, NC (The River of Healing) and of Asheville, NC (Mountain Chapter) began to sponsor the conference.

In 2002 the Healing Winds Conference moved to Lake Logan Episcopal Retreat Center in Canton, North Carolina. Then, in 2012, Healing Winds moved again to the Lake Junaluska NC Conference Center to accommodate growth and enable participation of all those who wish to attend. Currently, it is a wonderful location for the retreat, as Western North Carolina is beautiful with crisp fall weather and foliage at conference time in September. There are walking trails and inspirational mountain and lake views.

In 2014, a third chapter of OSL joined our Conference - Blue Ridge Mountain Chapter
(of Hendersonville, NC).


Past Speakers from OSL's Healing Winds Conference

2016, September 23-25th: Rev. Hugh Bromiley, Monte Bromiley, Pastor Naomi King, and The Rev. John Rice, "Freedom From Christ"

2015: The Rev. Dr. Sharon L. Lewis and The Rev. John Rice, "Resurrection Power", with Paul Babelay & Family as Worship Leaders

2014: The Rev. Josh Acton and The Rev. John Rice, "The Power of a Rekindled Life"

2013: Rev. Dr. Jack, Director, North American Order of St. Luke, & Anna Marie Sheffield: "Living Radiantly in Dark Times"

2012: Rev Josh Action: Desert Ministries, San Diego, CA "Renewing of the Mind" (1st time at Lake Junaluska)

...read all HERE


Join us at 2019's conference!

September 27-29th, 2019

The weekend is filled with worship, fellowship, prayer and quiet time.  The Conference begins on Friday at 12 noon with lunch and ends on Sunday around 11am with a worship service of Holy Communion, where everyone joins in the singing of the Concelebration.

The 3 OSL Chapters will continue to sponsor Healing Winds with donations from participants and from the fee that is charged for the weekend retreat.

We encourage you to come to a Healing Winds Conference and experience the love of Jesus Christ.


Do you have questions about registering?
Contact our 2019 Conference Coordinator,
Nancy Hankins

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