Ken has served in pastoral ministry for 34+ years, serving as an Elder since 1991. Before going into ministry, he worked in construction. During this time he became very active in the life and ministry of the church, teaching Sunday school, working in outreach and evangelism. Out of these ministries, he heard the compelling call of God in 1980, and took his 1st appointment in 1981.
He has served 7 churches (2-2 point charges). He started a new church in Greensboro, NC and served there for 6 years and then went to Southeastern Jurisdiction at Lake Junaluska and served as Executive Director of Native American Ministries for 5 years before being appointed to Prospect UMC in 2004.
Ken feels honored to be among the called out and privileged to work for the Kingdoms sake. He is married to Janet C. Locklear who works as a Speech/Language Pathologist in the local school system. They have one son, Philip Locklear, who is a police officer at UNC Pembroke.
Pembroke State University 1987 BA
Duke Divinity 1991 M.Div
Wesley Theological Seminary 2004 D.Min
Mary was born and raised in Aberdeen, North Carolina and has been a life-time member of the United Methodist Church. Graduated from Sandhills Community College with an Associate Degree in Computer Engineer. Mary has served with NCCUMC Disaster Ministry for the last 4 years working with survivors that were affected by the Hurricanes. Mary is also been active in the UMC through Conference Committees and Local Churches. She has served as the Gateway District in the last 4 years in various ways.
Mary is married to Lloyd for over 40 years and has twin daughters (Samantha and Jessica) and two grandchildren (Madelyn and Aiden). Mary enjoys the mountains, music, and being with her family.
Sara Cameron, Lay Leader
Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, Sara’s family moved to St. Pauls, NC shortly after her graduation from West Mecklenburg High School. Sara graduated from Selena Business College in Lumberton, NC with a Secretarial/Administrative degree, and worked as secretary for 7 years with the Robeson Baptist Association in Lumberton. She spent many, many years helping her husband on the farm, as well as helping manage a small sweet corn business.
Many of Sara’s skills are self-taught, and she also enjoys attending seminars and webinars which have been essential in honing Sara’s academic and leadership skills. She served 6 years as the Administrative Assistant to the Rockingham District Superintendent. Sara has been an active member of St. Pauls United Methodist Church since 1992, and currently serves as finance secretary, SPRC chair, and member of trustee board, finance committee, worship committee, and teaches a children’s Sunday School class.
Sara served as the Spiritual Growth Coordinator for the Rockingham District’s United Methodist Women for several years. She is a Certified Lay Speaker and has been joyfully serving as Gateway District’s Co-Director of Lay Servant Ministries for the past 7 years.
Sara is married to Larry Cameron and on March 17, 2020 they happily celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Sara enjoys serving God in her church and district, and wherever she feels God is leading her. She especially enjoys cooking, painting, gardening, music, going to the mountains, and visiting with friends and family.