Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC, TN

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks Involvement

What We Do

ACMNP in the Blue Ridge Parkway provides:

  • Christian fellowship activities for visitors, residents, and employees
  • Leadership development for ministry team members and seminarians
  • Positive relationships among seasonal co-workers and internationals
  • Pastoral care during emergencies

Interdenominational Services of Worship

Ministry teams lead interdenominational services of worship on Sundays, pending National Park Service permit approval.

  • Elkmont Campground: 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM
  • Cades Cove Campground: 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM

Ministry Team Member Information

Our team in Great Smoky is typically 4-6 ministry team members, all of whom serve in the same park location in Gatlinburg, TN.

  • Summer only
  • Mentor available for seminarians
  • Catholic mass nearby for interested team members

Employment Information

Upon arrival in the park at the beginning of the summer, ministry team members seek employment in local Gatlinburg restaurants, retail, and adventure establishments.


  • Preferred availability of end of May through mid to late August

Employee housing:

  • Dorm-style with shared bath
  • Married housing occasionally available


  • Bringing a car is very helpful.

Typical Jobs:

  • Retail at gift shops
  • Pottery/crafting
  • Restaurant/food service
  • Front desk/housekeeping
  • River rafting guide

* If you are interested in serving in Great Smoky as a ministry team member, you must first apply with ACMNP.

How YOU can get involved with ACMNP in Great Smoky Mountain

Information About The Park

The 800 square miles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompass parts of both Tennessee and North Carolina and are famous for being America’s most frequently visited national park. And for good reason! These southern Appalachian mountains are among the oldest mountains in the world and invite you to a slower pace of life: one filled with layers upon layers of hills, thick green forests, open meadows, towering trees, winding trails, and rocky cliffs. Things to do include hiking, backpacking, climbing, fishing, and river rafting.

Popular Destinations

  • Dollywood
  • Mt. LeConte
  • Cades Cove
  • Clingman’s Dome
  • Appalachian Trail


Black bears call the Smoky Mountains home, as do 66 species of mammals, hundreds of bird varieties, 50 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians.

Outside Resources

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"This was my summer to take action
– to step outside the confines of the suffocating, dreary, dangerous ...comfort zone' and be challenged and pushed spiritually."
– Lisa, Great Smoky 2006