St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church – A Discipleship Center, Wilmington, NC

Our Staff



Reverend Dr. Samuel Zumwalt, Senior Pastor, x200
The Rev. Dr. Samuel Zumwalt has worked in churches for 40 years and in 2017 will celebrate the 36th anniversary of his ordination to the holy ministry. He is a member of the Society of the Holy Trinity (

In 2004, Pr. Zumwalt moved with his family to Wilmington from Texas, where he served for 23 years as pastor of small, midsize, and large congregations.

Having served early on as a clinical resident in a major trauma hospital in Dallas TX, Pr. Sam is a skilled pastoral caregiver and is also a trained Stephen Ministry Leader. He devotes significant time to sermon preparation and Bible study. Pastor Sam teaches the Crossways Bible study on Wednesdays and Thursdays, a Monday evening interactive study of one of the gospels, leads a noonday Monday sermon study group known as Conversations, teaches adult Sunday school, midweek Confirmation instruction, and occasional adult discipleship classes.

Among Pr. Zumwalt’s favorite classics is J.B. Phillips’, “Your God Is Too Small,” which challenges Christians to mature discipleship. We practice the Christian faith, day by day, to grow and mature by God’s grace into the people God created us to be and the ones He calls us to be in Holy Baptism.

Nancy MagruderNancy Magruder, Director of Youth & Family Ministries, x203
EMAIL:  Nancy Magruder and her family have been members here for over 15 years. She has a adult daughter, Catherine, and a son, Patrick, who is a community college student. Nancy is married to Randy Magruder.. Nancy has served as co-chair and chair of the Youth Ministry Team. Nancy ‘s previous work experience includes working as an assistant teacher for third grade in the New Hanover School System, and as a part-time assistant in our Youth Ministry. We are excited about the talents Nancy has brought to this position and the passion she has for working with our young people.


Cherry HornCherry Horn, Secretary, x201
Cherry Horn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from UNC-Wilmington, and is retired from a 32-year career in public health. She joined St. Matthew’s in 1974. In 1988, she moved to Greenville , NC for a position with the NC State Laboratory of Public Health. After retirement and moving back to Wilmington Cherry joined St. Matthew’s again, and dusted off her office skills to take the part-time position of secretary. She has served on the needlepoint guild, altar guild, currently sings with the Adult Choir, and serves as a lector and communion assistant. Her daughter Jennifer was baptized and confirmed in this congregation, and now lives in Clemmons , NC with husband John Rogers and children Chase, Makenna, and Leyton.

Bill GlissonBill Glisson, Music Director and Organist, x209
Bill Glisson joined us in March 2004 and is a native of Wilmington. Bill graduated from New Hanover High School and from Southeastern Community College where he earned degrees in electronics and in music. His first experience as a church organist came when he was 11 years of age. He served as organist at Whiteville First Presbyterian Church and then for many years at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. He was formerly the regional manager of R.A. Daffer Church Organs. He is a former member of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.

Teresa Hall

Teresa Hall, Children’s and Handbell Choir Director
Teresa Hall moved to Wilmington from upstate NY in the summer of 1988. She and her family joined St. Matthew’s in the fall of 1988. Teresa started directing the Little Luther Choir in 1990 and she now directs the Luther Choir, which is now merging of the Little Luther and Luther choirs. She also serves in the Adult Choir and the Handbell Choir. During the week she works at Hanover Regional Animal Hospital as a licensed Veterinary Technician and has been there for over 20 years.

Donna Capozio, Administrative Assistant, x202

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