About Hinton Rural Life Center

A Sacred Space to Retreat, Reflect, and Renew

Our Mission

Inspired by Jesus Christ, Hinton Rural Life Center's purpose is to engage individuals, congregations, and communities in transformation through retreat ministry and missional outreach.

Click on these links to learn about Hayesville, NC, and Hinton Center, featured in the October 2020 article and video by EducationNC:  “Anchored in Hayesville” and Anchored in Hayesville video.

Hinton Rural Life Center is a retreat and conference center in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, where guests can come to retreat, reflect, and renew. We offer meeting spaces, overnight accommodations for groups of up to 200, as well as lodging for individuals and families.

Hinton is also a mission agency, with year-round opportunities for individual volunteers and mission teams to work with us and “alongside” our neighbors in Safe and Healthy Home Repair ministry. Other options include our firewood and garden ministries. With its outreach focus, Hinton seeks to enhance the long-term quality of life in our rural area. And, Hinton guests “pay it forward,” as our lodging revenues help support our outreach programs.

Hinton is a United Methodist agency, and we welcome all — all individuals, all faith traditions, and non-faith-based groups seeking to meet, retreat, and serve in a spirit of acceptance and mutual respect.

We invite you to experience Hinton Center hospitality and to become a part of our community through your stay and/or service.

View a map of our campus here: Hinton Campus Map.

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Our History

It began as a vision . . .

Hinton Rural Life Center began in 1957 with a vision, a building, and 4.5 acres of land in Hayesville, a small town in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The Center came into being as the result of a gift of property from J. Walter and Velma Moore of Hayesville; a financial gift from Alice Lanier Hinton in memory of her late husband, Harold H. Hinton, of Athens, Georgia; and donations of money, materials, and labor from individuals and churches interested in the development of a rural life center, under the auspices of the Methodist Church.

Today . . .

In 2021, Hinton Rural Life Center celebrates its 60th anniversary! Still offering scenic views of Lake Chatuge and the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Hinton’s campus consists of over 15 facilities on 33 acres of property. Our lodging options include Hermitage cabins, Lodge rooms, retreat houses, and RV sites. Conference offerings include large and small meeting spaces and dining rooms, an executive chef, and fiber optic internet connections. There are also indoor and outdoor worship areas, including a labyrinth, as well as trails, disc golf course, fire pits, and a dock for boating, swimming, and fishing.

In addition to offering space and place for individuals, families, and groups to gather, meet, and retreat, Hinton continues to “walk alongside” our neighbors in this rural mountain community through a variety of ministries, including Safe and Healthy Home Repair, firewood and garden ministries, and local youth and adult leadership development. Hinton  also continues our commitment to training and equipping clergy and congregations in new and engaging ways, to offer transformational ministries that “cultivate hope” in their own communities.

Anniversary Highlights — Save the Dates!

Saturday, June 5 — Birthday Cupcakes Giveaway at Hinton display, Clay County Rotary Club Car-B-Que event,  on the square in historic downtown Hayesville, NC; 11am-3pm — ROTARY EVENT CANCELLED, so no Cupcake Giveaway. We’ll look for another downtown event where we can do this. Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 6 — Evening gathering at Hinton’s Lakeside Worship Center and Pavilion; join us for “Lakeside With Lights” drop in, 8:30-10:30pm

Saturday, August 21 — “Swing for Hinton, Swing for Hope” Charity Golf Tournament, Mountain Harbour Golf Club. Register now for this fundraiser event that also raises awareness of Hinton’s local community outreach programs, as well as promotes our tournament local business sponsors. For more info, event flyer, downloadable registration form, and to register on-line, click HERE.

Friday, September 24 — Appalachian Treasure: Dinner & Dialogue – fundraiser meal, featuring local artists, regionally-sourced dinner, and moderated discussion on Thriving Rural Communities

Saturday, September 25 — 11am Celebration Service at First UMC Hayesville, with guest preacher Bishop Ken Carter

Saturday, September 25 — 12:30pm Community Celebration at Hinton’s Lakeside Pavilion

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60th Anniversary Clergy Reflections!

To learn more about the many ways Hinton has impacted the lives and ministries of individuals, congregations, and communities, we’ll post weekly Reflections in video and written formats prepared by clergy throughout the Southeast. To watch videos of the Reflections, go HERE or follow Hinton on Facebook for the weekly Saturday video posts. Written Reflections are below:

January 2, Karen Kluever

January 9, Claude Kayler

January 16, Kathleen Kilbourne

January 23, Stephen Love

January 30, Ed Archer

February 6, Blair Tolbert

February 13, Al Ward

February 20, Tim Moore

February 27, Bill Culpepper

March 6, Amy Spivey

March 13, Jonathan Tompkins

March 20, Angela Johnson

March 27, Randy Lucas

April 3, Nikki and Andrew Baten

April 10, Wil Posey

April 17, Dawn Livingston

April 24, Ryan Snider

May 1, Margaret Freeman

May 8, Rebekah Ralph

May 15, Julia Trantham Heckert

STAFF

JACQUELINE K. GOTTLIEB

President & CEO

Jacqueline Gottlieb

DAWN LIVINGSTON

Director of Program Ministries

Dawn Livingston

Els Vingerling

Guest Services Manager

BETH LEINBACH

Chief Operating Officer

PERRY PREWETT

Manager of Building and Grounds

Perry Prewett

RICKY HILL

Community Engagement Coordinator

JOHN NICHOLAS

Chief Financial Officer

John Nicholas

JANE HINDSMAN

Office Coordinator

Jane Hindsman

TAMMY BAILEY

Building Ministries Call Coordinator

PHILLIP LALLEMENT

Executive Chef

Phillip Lallement

NICK OLIVER

Construction Ministry Coordinator

KAREN KLUEVER

Minister of Church Relations & Development

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