LEONARD REX
Lead Pastor

Leonard was born near Erie, Pennsylvania, and moved to Kentucky when he was 15.  He graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College and Asbury Theological Seminary.  He has pastored churches in Elkton and Hanson, Kentucky, and in Halifax and Bailey, North Carolina, before coming to Mount Zion in 2007.  His wife's name is Donna, and they have two sons:  Josiah and Daniel. Pastor Leonard can be reached at (919) 772-8415 and leonard@mountzion-umc.org.

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ISAAC (JIWON) RYU
Associate Minister

Isaac was born and raised in South Korea where he received his Masters degree in Choral Conducting and started serving as a Music Pastor when he was 25.  When Isaac came to California to attend a seminary school, he met his wife, Julie An. Isaac and Julie have three children, Heaven, Gabriel and Noel. Upon moving to North Carolina Isaac finished his training and was ordained in Pastoral Ministries. Isaac can be reached by email at isaac@mountzion-umc.org or at 919-772-8415.

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JENNI ACKERMAN
Next Generations Minister

Jenni was born in Nebraska and was very active with the youth in her church growing up.  As an adult, she moved here from the Kansas area with her family and settled in Clayton, NC.  Jenni has been a minister here at Mount Zion since 2013. Her husband is Tim and their three children are Noah, Izabelle, and Olivia.  Jenni can be reached at (919) 772-8415 and jenni@mountzion-umc.org

DONNA REX
Connections Ministries Coordinator

Donna was born and raised in North Carolina. She graduated from Central Wesleyan College and Asbury Theological Seminary where she met her husband Leonard. They have two boys, Josiah and Daniel and recently added a daughter, Amber, who is married to Josiah. Donna likes to cook and preserve food by canning, freezing and dehydrating when she has time. Donna can be reached by email at donna@mountzion-umc.org or at 919-772-8415.

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CINDY BRENDLE
Care Ministries Coordinator

After graduating from college, Cindy moved to Raleigh from Statesville, NC. She retired in 2017 from a 30 year career with Wake County Public School System, where she worked as a high school marketing education teacher/coordinator and later, as a middle school career development coordinator. She and her husband, Pete, joined Mount Zion UMC, in 2013. They have 2 married children, Will and Claire. They enjoy traveling, camping and gardening. Cindy can be reached by email at cindy@mountzion-umc.org or by phone at 919-772-8415.

JULIE AN
Director of Music Ministries

Julie is from Seoul, Korea and was raised in Southern CA since the age of 11. She graduated from Manhattan School of Music, and received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Classical Vocal Performance. She met her husband Isaac, a music pastor, in 2006 and they have been working and worshiping together ever since. After 10 years of continuous  steadfast prayers, God has given them Heaven, Gabriel and Noel and their children. Julie can be reached at 919-772-8415 and julie@mountzion-umc.org

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Danna Poske
Office Manager

Danna was born and raised in Texas. Her career took her to Birmingham, AL where she recently retired from The University of Alabama at Birmingham after a 24-year career. Danna and her husband decided to relocate to NC since three of their children from their blended family reside here in NC. Danna is an avid reader, enjoys beach time and traveling, spending time with their children and grandchildren, and enjoys long walks with their 2 golden retrievers. Danna can be reached at 919-772-8415 and danna@mountzion-umc.org.

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ERIN NENNI
E519 Leader

Erin Nenni grew up in Benson, NC. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2005 and later began a professional career in music, both writing and performing. Erin, her husband (Louie), and their three boys have been actively involved at Mount Zion since 2011. She is passionate about music and believes that through authentic worship, where we humble ourselves before God and praise His name, we can move into a closer and deeper relationship with Him. Erin can be reached at erin@mountzion-umc.org.

MARTHA EATMON
Treasurer

Martha was born and raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina  She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She worked at North Carolina State University until her son was born.   After taking 2 years off she went back to work part time and has had several accounting positions over the years.  She has been the Treasurer at Mount Zion since 2006.  Her husband is Alan and they have one son, Wade. Martha can be reached at (919) 772-8415 and martha@mountzion-umc.org

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