Pastor Jonathan Marlowe

marlowe close upI was born in Charleston, SC. I grew up in Methodist parsonages in the South Carolina conference where my father served as a pastor. I consider my hometown to be Sumter, SC, where I graduated high school in 1987. During my early years, I was shaped and formed by many wonderful Christians who taught me about the love of God and the grace of Jesus Christ. My parents and church kept their baptismal promises to raise me in a Christian environment, and when I was in 6th grade I was confirmed and decided for myself to follow Christ. I remember one time in particular during a UMYF retreat when I experienced the grace of God in a particularly powerful and refreshing way. My faith in Christ grew through the years, and I carried it with me into adulthood. (Rather than saying I carried my faith into my adulthood, it would be more accurate to say that my faith carried me into adulthood.)

I attended college at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. I quickly became interested in the study of theology. I also was active in the Methodist Campus Ministry, where I met Angela, who later became my wife. One summer during college, I worked at the United Methodist Community House in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At the end of that summer, I felt called of God to become an ordained minister, and so after graduating from Emory, I enrolled in Duke Divinity School.

While I was in seminary, Angela and I got married, and after graduating from Duke, I served as an associate pastor at two different churches in the Charlotte area. I then served as pastor of Prospect UMC in Monroe and Shiloh UMC in Granite Quarry (near Salisbury). I see my vocation as pastor to be one of teacher, preacher, spiritual guide, and trusted friend. I have served beyond the local church in the conference as a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry, and the board of managers for the N. C. pastors' school and Duke Convocation.

I am an avid sports fan: I pull for Duke in basketball and South Carolina in football. I also love Braves baseball and the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. I enjoy walking, reading, making new friends, telling stories, and teasing my wife.

Music Director
Kimberly Griffin Fulton

Kimberly Griffin I grew up in Midway Canaan Park, the development across from Midway UMC. I’ve attended Midway for as long as I can remember-at least while I was living in North Carolina. From VBS to Sunday school, youth to choir, my childhood was firmly rooted in Christ through my Midway Church family. I attended Appalachian State University and received my Bachelors of Education, K-6. I returned and taught for five years in Stokes County. From there, I moved and taught in Germany and in South Dakota. While in Germany, I received my Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. I returned to Rockingham County in the summer of 2012 and began teaching at Bethany Elementary School. I married my husband, Jimmy, in June of 2013. We soon found out we were expecting a baby in February, 2014. However, due to complications, our baby joined us on December 26, 2013 (9 weeks early). Baby Ellie was very small, only 2 pounds, 6.5 ounces and 15 inches long. She lived in the NICU at Women’s Hospital for 77 days and has been home ever since! She is a very active and happy girl who loves the outdoors, painting and singing! I currently teach 1st grade at Bethany Elementary.  Jimmy, Ellie, and I are expecting our second baby in September, 2016. God has richly blessed my life and I am honored with the privilege of serving my Midway family through music and music education.

Duke Intern
Dylan Parson

Duke InternI'm a second year student working on my MDiv at Duke Divinity School. I'm a native of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (a small town about an hour north of Pittsburgh) and I graduated in 2016 from Denison University, in Granville, Ohio. I got married in June of this year, and I live in Durham with my wife, Stormie, as well as our puppy Finley.

After seminary, my hope to become an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, and I'm looking forward to serving a church in my home Western Pennsylvania Conference.

I'm very glad to be with you at Midway, and am excited to get to know you all!