Ray Broadwell, District Superintendent
Ray is a native of Kinston, NC and graduated from Kinston High School, East Carolina University, and Duke Divinity School. His previous appointments include White Plains UMC: Cary; Fuquay – Varina UMC; Swansboro UMC; St. Luke UMC; Goldsboro; Queen St UMC: Kinston ( Minister of Discipleship ); Rainbow UMC: Snow Hill; The Rocky Mount Parish; and First UMC: Roanoke Rapids (Associate Pastor ).
Ray and Melissa have been married for 30+ years. Melissa loves her vocation as an assistant art teacher. They are blessed with three beautiful daughters; Kristin, who is married with a daughter of her own, and twins Leah and Lauren who are pursuing careers in Durham and Denver.
Nancy Martinez, Capital/ Fairway Administrative Assistant to the DS
I am so blessed and excited about serving as the Administrative Assistant for the Fairway District! I was born and raised in the Bronx. Since a very young age, I have always enjoyed serving and helping others; therefore, I pursued a career in mental health. After graduating I relocated to Miami, Florida, where I worked as a Social Worker for 17 years at the University of Miami Child Protection Team, where I conducted assessments of children and families due to allegations of child abuse and or neglect. In 2012 my husband, Rafael Martinez, and I took a leap of faith and I relocated to Clayton, North Carolina and shortly after our move he was appointed Associate Pastor at Greater Heights UMC to plant a Hispanic church. Here in North Carolina, I worked as an Intensive In-Home Therapist at Easter Seals serving children with a variety of disorders including autism, bipolar, schizophrenia, depression and other mental health disorders.
I gave my life to God when I was a teenager and I have served within the United Methodist Church for over 35 years in many capacities, such as SPRC chair, youth leader, children’s choir director, Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, Leader of the Women’s Ministry and as event planner for the church. I am a Consecrated Stephens Minister and a certified Coach with Passion in Partnership. I am currently offering coaching services to African American UMC Churches participating in the Renew and Connect Retreats and I will be serving as a delegate in this year’s Annual Conference. I sincerely consider it a blessing and privilege to serve in these positions and to share God’s unconditional love with others.
I have been married to Rafael for 10 years and have been blessed with two biological children, Valerie Irene and Leuvis Daniel, who also live in Clayton and two additional children, Liliam and Marcos, by marriage. I am the proud grandmother of four precious grandchildren, who bring the most joy to my life. I greatly enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading and traveling.
Shannon Jones, District Lay Leader
Shannon Jones is thrilled to be serving with us as the Fairway District Lay Leader. Shannon is a nurse and currently working as a Manager and Educator for in Care Management at a local hospital.
Shannon is married to Patrick Jones, a Fairway Pastor appointed to the Buckhorn Ebenezer Charge. They have been married for 12 + years. Shannon has a passion for outreach and mission at the local, national and international levels. Shannon has served in the local church on essentially every committee as well as on district committees and as head usher for the NCCUMC Annual Conference. Shannon has a special love for animals. She and Patrick are enjoying incorporating their therapy dog into ministry.