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.


60th Anniversary Videos!

As part of our 60th Anniversary celebration this year, we have created two videos, one which focuses on the beginnings of Hinton Rural Life Center and the other which focuses on the ministries of Hinton and their impact on the lives of our guests, volunteers, and neighbors, as well as local churches and communities. Click on the links below and enjoy!



President & CEO

Jacqueline Gottlieb


Director of Program Ministries

Dawn Livingston

Els Vingerling

Guest Services Manager


Chief Operating Officer


Manager of Building and Grounds

Perry Prewett


Community Engagement Coordinator


Chief Financial Officer

John Nicholas


Office Coordinator

Jane Hindsman


Building Ministries Call Coordinator


Executive Chef

Phillip Lallement


Construction Ministry Coordinator


Minister of Church Relations & Development