Jay & Sally Fesperman
By the 1960s, Jay Fesperman had earned a reputation as a successful businessman and international consultant. He and his wife, Sally, had also raised a family and spent years serving in youth ministry. In 1971, they were looking for a small place where they could eventually settle down and retire, but God had other plans. Instead, they wound up buying the old Wayah Valley Inn with 22 acres and space to sleep 50 on the outskirts of Franklin, North Carolina. The Fespermans named the lodge The Inn of Last Resort and began a legacy of discipleship built on relationships.