LEC building dedication draws more than 100

FRUITLAND PARK –The Florida Conference Board of Camps and Retreat Ministries honored the founding director of the Life Enrichment Center (LEC), Rev. Lee Pearson, on Saturday by dedicating the retreat’s new meeting place to him and his late wife, Linda.

Lee Pearson, left, greets well-wishers
Rev. Lee Pearson, left, welcomes guests to the Life Enrichment Center's new meeting space dedication on Oct. 13.

More than 100 guests attended the dedication of the new building.

The $200,000 building has meeting space for 180 people. It is fully equipped with a digital projector and wireless Internet.

Rev. Jess Schload, the LEC’s current director, said the facility is really just one big room that offers the versatility required by big groups meeting at the center.

“This building was desperately needed,” he said.

Before the new addition, he said, there was sufficient lodging for large groups but no meeting space large enough to use for some types of retreats and conferences.

The Camps and Retreat Ministries board approved construction about a year ago, and the facility opened June 1.

It already has hosted retreats, worship services, summer camps and a wedding reception, according to Schload.

He projects that up to 15,000 people will use the facility yearly, mostly for retreats and conferences of religious organizations, typically United Methodists. This past summer brought camps for families and grandparents as well, he said.

The Pearsons were chosen for the dedication honor because of their 16 years of service, beginning with the LEC’s opening in 1979.

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