Zebulon United Methodist Church (ZUMC) has a wonderful, caring church staff. Pastor Clyde Denny’s door is always open. If you would like to talk to one of our staff, please contact them directly or you may call the church office at 919-269-9408. For information about our many church ministries or missions, please click on those specific tabs. The volunteer staff will happily assist you with your questions.


Rev. Clyde A. Denny

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Clyde Denny is the pastor of Zebulon United Methodist Church, where he was appointed in June 2016.

Clyde was born to Herman Denny and Elizabeth (Lib) Hoffman Denny, a church organist and school teacher, and was raised in Burlington, North Carolina. He graduated from Western Alamance High School, and after an attempt to study opera at UNC-Greensboro, transferred and graduated from N.C. State University with a B.S. in Recreation and Parks Administration, wanting to be a back-country park ranger. The Lord had other plans.

He met Leigh Stewart when her parents moved to Burlington and joined Lib's church choir at David Street UMC. Leigh is an accomplished pianist, having studied at Elon and UNC-Greensboro. Clyde began his ministry part time after attending a Bible college in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and worked as a hardwood flooring salesman and as a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, until finally answering a call to full-time ministry in 1986.

Clyde graduated from Duke Divinity School in 1990, and has served churches in Burlington, Mebane, Ocracoke, Windsor, Elizabeth City, Rocky Mount, Wilmington, and most recently, Siler City. His focus is on spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, disaster relief, and community service.

Leigh has continued her music profession, most recently having played for the Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church in Pittsboro. She also sings with the Women’s Voices Chorus of Chapel Hill. Clyde and Leigh have three adult sons -- Nathan, Aaron, and Joel -- and are adding two daughters-in-law to the family in 2017.

Clyde is a woodworker, fly fisherman and fly tier, and an aspiring beekeeper. Leigh loves piano and singing, and photography. They both enjoy hiking, attending concerts, gardening, and dining out.

Music Director

Cynthia Dixon

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Cynthia Dixon is the Music Director at Zebulon United Methodist Church, joining us in January 2020.

Cynthia graduated from both Peace and Meredith College, finishing her Master’s of Music degree in 1994. She has worked in several Raleigh and Smithfield area churches since the late 1980’s as Organist and Choir Director. She enjoys working with adult and children choirs as well as handbells. She places her faith in God to lead her musical experiences.

She is confident that God can touch a person’s life in meaningful ways through music. The message He shares can bring comfort and hope to people if they just listen with their heart.


Kara Zaharin

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Director, Children's Ministry

Ashley Mitchell

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Administrative Assistant

David Tuck

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Director of Youth Ministries and Preschool

Holly Bailey

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Financial Assistant

Melody Hocutt

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Maintenance Supervisor

Mel Daughtridge

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