Reverend Dr. Samuel Zumwalt, Senior Pastor, x200

EMAIL: szumwalt@bellsouth.net

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 (www.societyholytrinity.org).

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.


Bill Glisson






Bill Glisson, Music Director and Organist, x209

EMAIL: musicdirector@stmatthewsch.org

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.


 Annie Jewell,  Adult Choir Director

Annie, a Wilmington native, returned on August 25 from Masters studies in music at the University of St. Andrew in Scotland. She holds an undergraduate degree from UNC Greensboro (magna cum laude), plays violin in the Wilmington Symphony, and also teaches private lessons in violin, voice, and beginning piano. 


Vicar Robert Shivers

My name is Robert Shivers. I was baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection at St. Paul’s in Wilmington and confirmed at St. Matthew’s, where I have been blessed to be a member for the past seventeen years. Raised by my grandparents, Fran Shivers Perry and the late Bill Perry, I was home schooled, very involved in 4-H, and obtained an Associate of Arts Degree at Cape Fear Community College. Before enrolling in the Master of Divinity program at the Institute of Lutheran Theology, I graduated from the School of Social Work at UNCW with a Bachelor’s Degree. Upon graduation from seminary, I will seek ordination as a Lutheran pastor. During my years in Boy Scouts, I achieved the rank of Eagle. For my project, I led the team that created the brick walkway in the Memorial Garden and added the arbor entrance. Since my confirmation, I have served as chief crucifer, a confirmation guide, coordinator of acolytes and crucifers, a member of the Church Council, and, most recently, as your part-time sexton. Some of my hobbies include tinkering with small engines and working on computers. I am excited to serve this congregation as your vicar during the 2023 calendar year.


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

EMAIL: dcapozio@stmatthewsch.org