Gary W. Locklear, Church and Community Worker and Home Missioner with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, is currently assigned to the North Carolina Annual Conference in the Rockingham District, working with the Native American Cooperative Ministry.
Approximately 95 percent of Gary's ministry is with Native Americans. His focus is on leadership development within the 13 congregations of Native Americans and their communities in the North Carolina Conference. "I am doing more and more in the area of mission outreach, recruiting teams and individuals from my own Native American community to make life better for the poor. I am now also a certified Christian coach, working with laity in the conference," he explains. His ministry also includes receiving volunteer works teams that engage in home renovation.
For more information, go online to: www.nativeamericanministries.org (a website of the North Carolina Conference).
Mr. Locklear was born in North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina, earning a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education in 1970. He worked from 1973 to 2000 for Libbey Owens Ford Glass as the training director, and taught in the Robeson County Public Schools from 1970 to 1973.
Reflecting on how he knew God was moving through the ministry to which he has been called, Gary shares: "In 1996 I was asked to participate in a mission experience to Bolivia, South America. I agreed and that started my many mission experiences. In Bolivia, I struggled with the elements, food, and accommodations, but understood that God was in charge. My team has done many local projects (especially roofs and dry wall) in this community as well as abroad. I tell my friends that it is possible to 'meet God on the roof'".
Gary and his wife Panthia are the parents of three children, Nakesha Locklear Pierce, Garrick Locklear and Autumn Locklear, and the grandparents of four grandchildren. The Locklears are lifelong members at Sandy Plains UMC in Pembroke, North Carolina, where Gary has served on numerous church, district, and conference committees, as well as the general church. He was the recipient of the Harry Denman Award in 2006.
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