Churches invited to reach out to UM hiker along Appalachian Trail

January 13, 2015

In 2014, Dave Smith, 70, hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail “listening for God.” Smith is a chaplain for the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church in Alcoa, Tenn. United Methodist News Service created a video about Smith and his experience on the trail. 


The first time Smith hiked the trail, he raised money for pediatric cancer research in memory of his grandson Walker. The walk in 2014 was in support of a Holston Conference fund to keep a United Methodist trail chaplain on the Appalachian Trail.



During that 2014 hike, many New England churches reached out to Smith with acts of “trail magic” such as rides and food, and Smith spoke at some Conference churches.

A Holston Conference hiker will be making the 2015 journey south from Maine beginning in mid-June.   He will be in the NEUMC from mid-June through most of July. If your church would like to connect with the hiker, contact Erica Robinson-Johnson, Director of Connectional Ministries/Assistant to the Bishop at