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Meet Our Staff

Rev. Stephen Creech

Rev. Stephen Creech

Senior Pastor

Stephen attended Rappahannock Community College in Glenns, VA and then transferred to James Madison University where he received a B/A degree in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Religion.  He then attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he received a Master of Divinity Degree.  Stephen became a Deacon, (they no longer use this term) in 1987 and took his first appointment in 1988.  While in seminary, he served as the youth minister for Louisburg UMC in Louisburg, NC. He has served the Buchanan Charge – 6 years, Gogginsville – 2 years, Shenandoah Charge – 19 years, Bridgewater – 4 years and has served at Manor Memorial UMC since July, 2020.

Stephen is one of fifteen siblings born to Kirkman and Edna Creech, both who died in 1993. He married Debbie in 1999 and together they have 3 children; Shaun, Ashley (Mike) and Timothy (Amanda).  They have 4 grandchildren; Bella, Tucker, Caroline and Granger (and another on the way.)

Elizabeth Sawyer

Elizabeth Sawyer

Administrative Assistant

I have been working at Manor as Administrative Assistant since 2016. I feel blessed for I love working at Manor! It is a joy to engage with church members as well as those that contact us for help and information.

I am a retired high school math teacher. I love decorating, music and singing. My greatest joy is spending time with my two daughters, Amber and Melody, and their families.

I found New Market when my family and I stopped here on a family vacation, which was about 2006. I continued visiting in the area and soon decided that I would move here, from NC, after I retired from teaching. I moved to New Market in 2014. The mountains and history are what have drawn me to this beautiful area. I have been richly blessed with attending MMUMC and meeting my best friends that are in my Covenant group.

Lynda Estep

Lynda Estep

Organist

I have attended Manor Memorial my entire life. I became a member to the Senior Choir while in high school at Stonewall Jackson H.S. and became the church’s organist around 1971 after studying Music Education at Radford College.

My late husband (Tom) and I have two sons and eight grandchildren.

I love to play for our church. I have also played for many weddings and funeral services. It is my way of giving to others. “I love to tell the story…”

Megan Zuhowski

Megan Zuhowski

Director of Music Ministries

 

Megan Zuhowski, Soprano, is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory where she obtained her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance. During her time at Peabody she debuted the role of Margo in Béla Pintér’s American premiere of The Champion as well as took to the virtual stage as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. She studied with Tony Arnold. Currently, Ms. Zuhowski studies with Dr. Jamison Walker at James Madison University working towards her DMA.

​Ms. Zuhowski received her undergraduate degree in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance from the University of South Alabama, in Mobile Alabama, where she studied with Dr. Thomas Rowell. During her undergrad, she was involved with USA Chorale, USA Concert Choir, USA Opera Theatre, and Mobile Opera chorus. She was a Madame Rose Scholar between 2017 and 2019 and featured as Mobile Opera’s young artist for the 2018-2019season. In 2018 she participated in Si Parla, Si Canta in Urbania, Italy. During her time in Italy, she performed several recitals, scenes programs, and Le prima cercatrice in Puccini’s Suor Angelica.

​Ms. Zuhowski has enjoyed roles such as Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, The Baroness in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne, Young Lover in Puccini’s Il tabarro, Caslida in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, and most recently Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and most recently as the Governess in Britten’s Turn Of The Screw. Currently she is preparing Anne Trulove as part of Stravinksky’s The Rakes Progress with JMU Opera Theatre​.

In addition to her operatic performances, Ms. Zuhowski has been heard performing with Mobile Symphony in the choirs for both Beethoven’s 9th symphony and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. She has been a finalist at NATS 2016-2019, placing first in her category in 2019. She has also taken part in several masterclasses with Metropolitan Opera singers such as Renée Fleming, Karita Mattila, Nicole Cabell, and Nicholas Brownlee.

​When not performing Ms. Zuhowski works as a Teacher and Vocal Coach. She enjoys teaching music, running, cooking, spending time with her dog, and reading.

Bob Schmidt

Bob Schmidt

Bookkeeper

Bob Schmidt has been the bookkeeper at Manor Memorial since 2013. He and his wife Linda were both born in New York City.Their families migrated to the New York suburbs. They left New York in 1980 and moved to Vermont.They have two daughters, Debra and Robin. Bob was a certified public accountant until he retired in 2010 and moved to Virginia. Bob and Linda live in Woodstock.