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Senior Pastor

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Rev. Harden Hopper

Rev. Hopper was born in Atlanta and grew up in Cobb County, graduating from Campbell H.S., North Georgia College, The U.S. Army War College, Newburgh, and Asbury Theological Seminary.   

As a officer in the U.S. Army, Rev. Hopper served 22 years in the Regular Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve, before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He also served concurrently with the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, as a Region Program Manager for the counties of Northeast Georgia. 

Rev. Hopper retired from both careers in 2005 to enter full-time ministry, serving as pastor for Cartecay UMC (Ellijay), then Bascomb UMC (Woodstock), before being appointed to Mt. Zion UMC in 2017.


He and his wife Karen have two adult daughters.

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Associate Pastor


Rev. Montana Hamby

Rev. Montana Hamby serves at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church as an Associate Pastor and Youth Director. Montana has served in the North Georgia Annual Conference as a Provisional Deacon since June 2019. Montana has been active in the lives of students and young adults since 2013, working in both public education as a teacher and coach as well as in youth ministry within the local church. Montana previously served on the youth ministry staff at Dunwoody United Methodist Church and Northbrook United Methodist Church. Montana attended seminary at Candler School of Theology. Montana is married to Rev. Natalee Dukes Hamby, who is an Elder in the North Georgia Annual Conference serving at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church.

770-971-1465 |

Leadership: Team Members

Paul Fletcher

Director of Music Ministries


Carolyn Swain


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Chad Yochum

Summit Worship Leader


Kristi Olterman

Preschool Director


Susan Kaye

Nursery Director


Jeni McCord

Director of Children's Ministries


Ellen Bulterman

Office Manager

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Kimberly Deuster

Communications Director


Patti Weaver

Special Event Coordinator


Andrea Buhr

Food Service Manager


Rusty Broshar

Maintenance Supervisor


Britt McNeil

Building Superintendent

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