After 10 years serving North Georgia, Martinez assumes Global responsibilities


The Rev. Nora Martinez sees her new role with the General Board of Global Ministries as having a clear biblical foundation.
“The church must model the Gospel and become again, as the church in Acts 2, multicultural and multilingual,” Martinez said, “not because it is politically correct, but because that is our mandate.”
Martinez, who currently serves as Associate Director of New Church Development for the North Georgia Conference, begins her new assignment with the GBGM on Feb. 1. She will have the title of assistant general secretary for congregational development and racial ethnic ministries.
She sees her new position as a continuation of the work she has done in North Georgia for the past 10 years, only on a global scale.
“I have learned invaluable lessons from many in this (North Georgia) conference, laity and clergy, who gave me the opportunity to serve with them,” Martinez said. “My service at GBGM will be a continuation of my service in the NGC, and extension of sorts.”
      Martinez’s primary responsibility will be to provide administrative and programmatic leadership within the Mission and Evangelism Program Area of the agency. She will administer all phases of the Congregational Development and Racial Ethnic Programs, act as the director of the Special Program on Abuse and Related Violence, and coordinate relationships with racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
      “Though Nora's presence in our Conference will be greatly missed in her work with the Hispanic and Multi-Cultural ministries, we are delighted  to know her gifts and graces will be utilized in the larger church through the GBGM,” said Tommy Willingham, Director of New Church Development of the North Georgia Conference. “We are excited for her and this new opportunity to serve the Church, and know that God will use her as powerfully through the ministry of the GBGM as in her years of ministry with the North Georgia Conference.”
    Between the months of February and June, Martinez will remain in Georgia. On a limited basis, she will be available while the North Georgia Conference searches for her replacement in the Office of New Church Development.  She will relocate to New York in June after the 2011 North Georgia Annual Conference Session. 
      “For 10 years I have had the honor of working with many churches and individuals. Their dedication to God and the Church, and the many sacrifices they have made in order to serve, has been a blessing to see.  I am taking everything I have learned in this journey, as well as the passion to continue sharing the gospel of hope," Martinez said.
     The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of the United Methodist Church.  Through its offices at the InterChurch Center in Upper Manhattan, Global Ministries supports mission, evangelism, social justice and humanitarian relief efforts around the world.