Native American Christianity and Cultures of Eastern North Carolina: A Pilgrimage

Updated: Oct 10, 2019

Join us for a pilgrimage to the “land of the Lumbee!”

(This pilgrimage is made possible by a generous grant from the Reynolds Ministries Fund and The UM Foundation of Western North Carolina Conference and led by David Wilson, Pam Baker, Elaine Heath, and Lynne Caldwell).


May 20, 2018, Pow Wow

Worship band at Prospect UMC, the largest Native American United Methodist congregation in the United States.

Experience worship and fellowship with sisters and brothers in Christ as they share faith, history, culture, and best practices of faith-sharing, disciple-making, missional engagement, community leadership, and working for justice. Deepen understandings of Native American Christianity in North Carolina. Expect to be transformed and renewed as we journey together in the season of Advent, and expand relationships within God’s neighborhood!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Gather at Triad Native American UMC, 3010 Monterey St., Greensboro, 27406 336-333-2890 (church); Pastor: Rev. Kimberly Clarke

5:00 p.m. Welcome, Program Introduction; Evening Meal and Worship Service

Overnight at home; or secure individual hotel room reservations in Greensboro

Monday, December 2, 2019

Breakfast on your own

9:00 a.m. Depart Triad Native American UMC via bus; travel to Pembroke, NC

Lunch in Pembroke (Personal cost)

Meet Pamela Baker, Coordinator of Pilgrimage in Pembroke, NC

Check-in Holiday Inn Express, 605 Redmond Rd, Pembroke, 28372 910-521-1311

Tour and Conversation at Lumbee Tribe Office Building


Dr.Kenneth Locklear , Gateway District DS, NCCUMC

Dr. Freda Porter, Lumbee Tribal Administrator

Return to Holiday Inn Express for overnight

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Locklear, Superintendent of the Gateway District of the North Carolina Conference UMC

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Breakfast at Holiday Inn (included with room)

9:00 a.m. Depart hotel for Pleasant Grove UMC, 3512 Union School Road, Rowland, 28383; 910-736-0180;

Opening Session at Pleasant Grove UMC: Rev. Dr. David Wilson, Pilgrimage Guide

Tour of Native American Cooperative Ministry, NC Conference 

2708 Union School Road, Rowland, NC 28383; 910-522-5670

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. University of North Carolina-Pembroke (UNCP) 1 University Drive, 28372

Welcome and Historical Overview of UNC-P and Campus Tour 

Tour Museum of Southeast American Indian; 910-521-6282;

Evening Meal, Worship Service and Lecture--David Wilson

Prospect UMC, 3929 Missouri Rd, Maxton, 28364; 919-521-2111

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Breakfast at Holiday Inn (included with room); Check-out

9:00 a.m. Depart hotel for UNC-P and Museum

Pilgrimage Debrief, David Wilson, UNC-P Museum

12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own) and additional time for exploration of Museum

2:30 p.m. Depart for Greensboro, NC

5:00 p.m. Return to Triad Native American Church, Greensboro, NC

Rev. Dr. David Wilson, Superintendent of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

COST $300 includes 3 days of pilgrimage, all tours, lectures; two nights at Holiday Inn Express, Pembroke; 2 breakfasts and 3 dinners; round-trip transportation from and returning to Triad Native American Church by bus via Christian Tours.

Register online by emailing

Pay in full by 12 noon, November 8.

Some scholarships are available for pilgrims from Western North Carolina Conference.

Contact Lynne Caldwell, Vice-President, and Dean of Programs, Neighborhood Seminary at:


A block of rooms has been reserved for pilgrimage participants.

Please make your reservation for a room by contacting Janet Wooten, Neighborhood Seminary Administrative Assistant, at no later than 12 noon, November 8. First come, first served for special group rate. Room costs are included in the pilgrimage fees.

605 Redmond Road, Pembroke, 28372; 910.521.1311;

Hot Express Start Breakfast 5:30 - 10:00 am daily, 24-hour desk, business center, fitness room

MEALS Breakfasts at the hotel; dinners provided by churches; lunches personal cost of pilgrims.


The Soul of The Indian, Charles A. Eastman

The Lumbee Methodists-Getting to Know Them, Joseph M. Smith

Meet The Lumbee Methodists Part II, Milford Oxendine, Jr.

A Native American Theology, Clara Sue Kidwell, Homer Noley, George E. Tinker

The Lumbee Methodists: Getting to Know Them: A Folk History

(may be found at this link: )

A note from our Pilgrimage Guide

I am excited about being a part of this immersion among the Lumbee people of North Carolina. The Lumbee Tribe is the largest in North Carolina and has been a long-standing presence in the state, and in what is now The United Methodist Church.  During the immersion, we will visit various Lumbee United Methodist churches and share food, experience community, and hear stories of their impact and faithfulness in and outside of the Church. We will also spend time with Nancy Strickland Fields, Curator, and Director of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian in Pembroke, North Carolina. Culturally, Nancy is a member of the Lumbee Tribe. Personally, she is a fierce storyteller, both of her own story and of those of American Indians from across the Southeast.  I hope you will join us for this moving and educational event. 

--Rev. Dr. David Wilson, Pilgrimage Leader; Superintendent Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference 


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