Reverend Richard Blount
– I love movies
– I have hiked Baldy Mountain 12,445 ft above sea level
– I like to draw cartoons

I graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Fine Art, and moved to North Carolina in 2001 to pursue a career as a Graphic Designer. I discovered the hard way I was not meant to work in a windowless cubicle in the middle of a warehouse. I fought the call to ministry for about four years before I realized calling is not about what a person does. Calling is about who and what a person is. Once I decided to be obedient to God’s call the whirlwind adventure began. God lead my family and I to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky to earn a Masters of Divinity. I have been serving in ministry for five years, and my family and I are grateful to be serving here at Central UMC in Denton, North Carolina.

Four Things I Love: Exodus 15:2, Taking walks with my wife and kids, Drawing & Raisinets

ann-crousePreschool Director Ann Crouse
– I love my job!
– I taught Kindergarten at Denton Elementary School from 1976-2011
– I love children’s books

I retired from teaching Kindergarten on July 1, 2011. Friends questioned me about what I was going to do now that I was retired. My response was, “God will provide something as I am not sitting at home.” In July the preschool’s assistant job became open and then the teacher’s job. So in September 2011 I met my first class of preschoolers. Kindergarten had truly been my love and passion but preschool replaced that quickly. I love the preschoolers and their families. Preschool is truly God sent!

Four Things I Love: Spending time with my grandson, Reading, Exploring Pinterest, and Scarecrows

beverly-talbertPreschool Assistant
Beverly Talbert

– Married
– one son
– two step daughters and three grandsons

I retired from secretarial work after 29 years, and now I help with the preschool at Central UMC in Denton. Working with the preschool children is truly a blessing to me. I have always loved children and coming to work everyday brings me tremendous joy.

Four Things I Love: the children, to bake, my family, Central UMC

margaret-harrisChoir Director Margaret Harris

– I enjoy travel.  (One of my treasured memories is attending a choral and performing arts festival in Wales, United Kingdom in the summer of 2014.)
-My husband and I have a son and daughter who have blessed us with five grandchildren.
-I have attended Central UMC Denton, since birth.

I am a retired social studies teacher and educational consultant.  My vocal lessons began in the third grade, and I have been singing ever since!  At the age of twelve, I joined the Central UMC Choir.  In 1988 I became the choir director.  It is an absolute blessing to work with our dedicated choir members and musicians as we endeavor to witness to the glory of God through music.

Four things I love:  many genres of music, collecting bells and Christmas Tree ornaments, reading, walking


 Accompanist Nicholas Brewster

Nick Brewster was hired as the Central UMC accompanist in September, 2019. Nick lives in Thomasville. He graduated from the NC School of the Arts in 2019 and is currently enrolled there in Graduate School. His major is French Horn. We welcome Nick to the CUMC music program and Church Family!

Administrative Assistant/Secretary Tonya Marion

Newest member of Central UMC staff, Tonya Marion joined us on March 2, 2020. Tonya resides in Denton and loves her community. Tonya is a former Police Officer Detective with City of Asheboro, and has most recently been a school bus driver for the last six years. Tonya is excited to start her position at Central UMC and will always greet you with a friendly smile when you enter the church office. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Feel free to stop in at any time or call at 336.859.3502. Church contact email: