The Disaster Recovery Ministries presentations reported the following:
- The Rev. Kenneth Locklear, Gateway District Superintendent, reported on the impact of Hurricane Matthew upon the Gateway District. Four churches, Mt. Olive UMC, Lumberton; St. James UMC, Pembroke; Branch Street UMC, Lumberton; and Rhyne Memorial UMC, Red Springs, had extensive damage and worship services had to be curtailed or moved.
- The impact of Hurricane Matthew has created a long-term recovery need for the area for the repairs of roads, infrastructure, homes, churches, and at UNC Pembroke.
Cliff Harvell, Conference Disaster Recovery Superintendent celebrated that the final homes were rebuilt in 2017 following the devastation from Hurricane Irene in October 2011. A total of 676 homes were rebuilt through the NCC Disaster Recovery program, and 10 new homes were built as replacements.
- The Rev. Sam Loy, CDR Coordinator, shared that the MERCI Center warehouse in Goldsboro has been streamlined and offers initiatives to assist in disaster recovery. The Disaster Relief Committee offers disaster preparedness training for responders and churches and solicits support and financial donations to help offset the costs of disaster recovery relief efforts.
- Tom Starnes, a past president of UM Men, was honored for his work to sell the MERCI Center property.