Please join us for our 60th anniversary celebration on Sunday, October 11th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the Blue Ridge Room.

• Site work is currently on schedule.

• Engineering design plans are in process.

• Phase I scheduled to begin before the end of the year.

Deerfield staff and residents participated in a bike ride to raise awareness and money for MemoryCare, a local organization that provides support to people with memory challenges and their families and caregivers. The Ride to the Summits originated here at Deerfield, and participants set out to different mountaintop destinations. 

Cheryl Gettinger, Director of Philanthropy, Rick Hester, Maintenance, and Dr. William Atkins, Deerfield resident, rode up to the top of Mt. Pisgah on the Blue Ridge Parkway while Matt Sharpe, Director of Resident Services, summited Mt. Mitchell. Additional residents and staff, including CEO Bob Wernet, got involved in the first stretch, a fun ride around the Deerfield campus before the four main riders departed.

The event began with a brief ceremony where blessings were bestowed upon the riders and their bikes, a few of which were loaned for the event by Liberty Bicycles. Attendees walked or rode to the home of Jerry DeLand for a special breakfast gathering with a pottery demonstration by Clara Gibbons. Mr. DeLand, who serves on MemoryCare’s board of directors, worked alongside Cheryl Gettinger to plan and facilitate the event. To date, $4,130.00 has been raised to help MemoryCare carry out its mission, all of which will be matched dollar for dollar by Deerfield as part of our social accountability program.


Deerfield is excited to present a series of programs covering a wide range of topics from arts and humanities to civic involvement to religious history and philosophy. The series will be facilitated by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

Founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, the Bernard Osher Foundation operates on the campuses of 119 institutions of higher education. The Foundation provides post-secondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities with special attention to reentry students. It also supports the OLLI national lifelong learning network for seasoned adults.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed learning community dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, leadership, community service, and research. The center opened its doors in 1988 with the goal of enabling members to thrive in life’s second half.

OLLI is housed in the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus. The collaborative, member-staff led organization operates as a public-private entity, with two-thirds of its budget derived from endowment income and fees; and one-third from state funding.

Involvement with the OLLI community of learners is stimulating, challenging and fun, and provides members with the opportunity of meeting new friends with shared interests.

Deerfield residents have long participated in the innovative programs offered by the NC Center for Creative Retirement, now OLLI, and we are thrilled to bring them to our campus for residents and future residents to enjoy. All programs will be presented at 4:00 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Room.

Upcoming Program Topics:
Oct. 5: Varieties of Early Christianity

Oct. 12: The Federal Plan to Bring High Level Nuclear Waste to Asheville & the Battle Against It

Oct. 19: What Happened to the Arab Spring?

Oct. 26: Racy Women in the Old West

Nov. 3: The Meaning of Life

• The Deerfield Grounds Department is planting additional shrubbery along the perimeter of the new construction area.
• Engineering meetings are being held with the utility companies for scheduling installation of their underground services.
• Live web cam now on our website to monitor construction progress.

On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, Deerfield volunteers will once again join with other local community groups to build a home with Asheville’s Habitat for Humanity. The home will be ready for deserving occupants by the end of October, 2015. Safe and decent housing
provides families the opportunity for stability, security, and personal and professional development.

While Deerfield participation in this worthwhile project takes place every 2 years, our connections to Habitat for Humanity run deep. Deerfield residents Vic and Diane Scott were involved with the founding of this wonderful organization, and several of our employees, past and present, are the proud owners of Habitat homes. Many of our residents volunteer “Being regularly, some as often as two days per week, to help build Habitat houses.

In addition to home building, Deerfield participates in the work of Habitat in a number of ways. Since the beginning of 2014, our residents have donated $8,800 to Habitat through Directed Outreach. Also, when Deerfield remodels cottages and apartments, we donate our used kitchen cabinets, appliances, and other building materials to Habitat’s ReStore where they are sold and the proceeds help Habitat carry out its mission. This year alone, our in-kind donations total over $40,000. Habitat prides itself on providing volunteers with a building experience that is safe, well-organized, educational, and fun. No special skills are required, just the physical ability to move around a job site and the desire to work together with others to accomplish the tasks that are assigned. Every Friday is a half day, which isn’t quite as taxing physically. If you would like to volunteer, call Cheryl Gettinger, Director of Philanthropy at 828-274-1531 ext. 3206. We welcome you to join Deerfield and be a part of this worthy endeavor!

With permission received from the City of Asheville, site work will commence on the north parcel in preparation of our new 27 cottages and villas.

The Rev. Richard Lindsley Walton, Jr. officially took over the lead chaplain position for Deerfield’s beloved, long-term chaplain the Rev. Morgan Gardner, upon his retirement on May 2. The Deerfield Community, the Episcopal Diocese of Western Carolina, and Bishop Porter Taylor welcome Fr. Lin as he assumes his new duties ministering to the needs of our diverse community of faith.

“Rev. Gardner’s legacy of care and compassion over the past 14 years at Deerfield have set a very high standard of service. I feel immensely blessed to be called to this community to do my part to carry on that legacy,” said Fr. Lin. “I look forward to personally getting to know all in the Deerfield Community.”
Fr. Lin received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from Gordon College; a Master’s of Theological Studies from Duke University; and a Master’s of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Following his undergraduate studies, he was a research assistant at Harvard in the area of public health. He has been an Episcopal priest since 2000.
Before recently coming to Deerfield, Fr. Lin served a wide variety of churches in Maryland, Florida and North Carolina; and was also a lecturer in Ethics at the University of Belize, Central America. He has done short-term relief work in Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, and still enjoys travelling extensively with his family.
Fr. Lin is married to the Rev. Nancy Dixon Walton, a United Methodist minister currently serving as a hospice chaplain, and they have two young children, Sophie and Jeremiah. The family, including their two dogs and two cats, enjoy hiking and all that the Carolina Mountains have to offer, as well as the eclectic nature of the Asheville area.