Our Staff

Rev. Drew Nix, Pastor

Rev. Drew T. Nix was appointed as Salem’s pastor in July 2022. Drew is a graduate of Wake Forest University (BA Religion 2018) and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (MDiv 2021).

His passions for ministry include teaching about the Hebrew scriptures, equipping disciples to serve in the community, having conversations about questions of faith, and leading vibrant worship.

Drew is married to his best friend, Kylie, who works for MANNA Food Bank and is trained as a social worker. Drew and Kylie are the parents/subjects of two cats, Frodo and Walter. In Drew’s free time he enjoys watching college football, reading science fiction, cheering for the Braves, cooking, and hiking.

Leigh Denny, Pianist


Leigh Denny has served as a church musician most of her adult life. Primarily a pianist, she has also directed choirs, handbell choirs,  and children’s choirs. She has been active as a choral singer and handbell ringer. Leigh‘s husband, Clyde, is a United Methodist  pastor and together with their sons, they served nine appointments in the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. In 2020, Clyde and Leigh retired and moved to the Weaverville area. Leigh enjoys choral singing, flower gardening,  craftwork, and antiquing.
Toni Poppy, Treasurer

I have been a bookkeeper for over fifty years. I started as a young girl completing my father’s receipts that he would bring home weekly as a salesman. I took bookkeeping in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, personal tax preparation with H&R Block and Certified Church Treasurer with Mark King and the United Methodist Foundation. My employment has always been in accounting, which introduced me to several CPAs who took me on as a student in Financial Statements, Government Law, Payroll, and Human Resources. I was promoted to an accountant at several major companies in the Asheville area. In 2012 I formed Credible Bookkeeping Services, LLC.  In 2022, I retired and closed the business. God has called me. I am a Local Pastor serving as Pulpit Supply Minister for the UMC.