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Fundraising bike ride ends at Lake Junaluska

John Redmond (left) and Steve Wheeler take a break at the state line. Donated photo John Redmond (left) and Steve Wheeler take a break at the state line. Donated photo

Johnson City residents Steve Wheeler and John Redmond spent the weekend biking from Johnson City to Lake Junaluska in hopes of raising $5,000 to help war victims and refugees in Ukraine. 

The two left at 6 a.m. Saturday, June 4, cycling 102 mountainous miles and arriving at Lake Junaluska before the Holston Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church’s annual meeting began its June 5-8 session.

Wheeler and Redmond are both staff members at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. From 2014-2018, Redmond was the pastor at English Speaking United Methodist Church in Prague, Czech Republic, and he worked closely with Czech pastors who are now transporting supplies to those affected by the violence in Ukraine. Money raised from the bike ride will assist these pastors as they help their neighbors. 

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