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 Hartsell, Gateway/ Harbor Administrative Assistant to the DS
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.
TBD, Lay Leader