Our administrative assistant received an email purporting to be from Samuel Zumwalt; however, the email address was something entirely different.

Please note that emails that look like they are from your bank, a charity, or even your pastor may not be legitimate. Always look at the email address. Frequently, it ends in .edu, in other words, it’s an account from an educational institution, or, in the case of the email this morning, it was from a gmail account with a name that was not mine.

You may get phone calls in which the caller ID appears to be local, but then it is actually from some scam artist or some other irritating person. Don’t just use the “Don’t Call” list. Find out how to block irritating numbers that keep calling you.

Please pay attention to the addresses on emails and make sure it’s from someone you know. If there is a link in the email, don’t automatically click it. You could be receiving a virus.

Sadly, there are a lot of nefarious people up to no good on a daily basis!

St Matthew's Pastor Sam Zumwalt


The Rev. Dr. Samuel Zumwalt has worked in churches for 42 years and in May 2018 celebrated the 37th 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.