Pastors

Rev. Drew Smith – Senior Pastor

Drew has been Pastor at College Hill Presbyterian since 2007 where he considers it a real joy to journey with a multicultural community helping one another live for Jesus.  Drew grew up in Vestavia Hills, a suburb south of Birmingham, Alabama. While a student in Mrs. Steps’ Third-grade class, he met a fellow student, Cathy Pritchard.  It was not love at first sight but eventually did lead to marriage in 1987 and continues today having produced three children – Hannah, Clara and Nate.  

Drew thought he was going to work in medicine as a biomedical engineer but God re-directed his path into full-time ministry with Young Life (a high school ministry) and then Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois just north of Chicago. He has pastored in three other churches:  Oxford Presbyterian, Oxford, PA (1991 – 1993); Westminster Presbyterian, Charlotte, NC (1993 – 2001); and Central Presbyterian, Mobile, AL (2001- 2006).  He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Urban Ministry Leadership at North Park Seminary in Chicago.

On a perfect day, Drew, with friends and family, would be enjoying hot tea (preferably Darjeeling) with homemade buttermilk biscuits and local honey followed by some reading and hiking.  The afternoon would include ice tea (preferably half sweet/half unsweet) with homegrown tomato salad followed by an afternoon of water skiing.  Then as the sun set, the fish would be on the grill with some long-sliced zucchini and yellow squash.  The evening would conclude on the porch, overlooking the lake enjoying some of grandma’s banana pudding.  What a wonderful day.  

Email Drew or Call at 513.541.5676 Ext. 1121

Rev. Dennis Hall – Assistant Pastor of Worship & Witness

Dennis is the Assistant Pastor of Worship and Witness.  But more importantly, he is the beloved of the Father, the BFF of Jesus and a Worshipper.  Dennis has two callings that feed his passion and calling in Christ.  The first is Discipleship, equipping the body to operate in the beauty and fullness of their calling and purpose.  The second is ministering in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment being a bridge between ethnic groups and cultures.  Dennis believes the church is to reflect the Kingdom of God as seen in Revelation 7:9 where John gets a glimpse of the nations of the earth gathered around the Throne of God. The redeemed mosaic of humanity is God’s greatest reflection of Himself on the earth. Dennis has been given the ministry of reconciliation in every facet of Kingdom life.

Dennis is a recent transplant to Cincinnati coming from his most recent assignment Concord Church a 10,000 member congregation in Dallas, Texas.  While at Concord Dennis served as The Senior Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries overseeing all the Adult Ministries including Discipleship and Outreach. Prior to Concord, Dennis served as Senior Pastor for nearly 11 years at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC fondly called The Creek.  Dennis being the first African American Senior Pastor in the history of the church, led the transition from a traditional predominantly white congregation to an Outreach focused multi-ethnic International congregation.  

Dennis has a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Illinois and a M.A.T.S. in New Testament from Gordon Conwell Seminary.  Dennis also studied for an academic year at Stirling University, Scotland.  Dennis is married to Sharon Louise and they have 4 children: Joshua David, Caleb Mandela, Lydia Louise and Noah Adam.

Email Dennis or Call at 513.541.5676 Ext. 1122

Mike Jorgensen – Assistant Pastor of Families & Church Planting Resident

Mike is a native Cincinnatian but moved from St. Louis to start at CHPC in January of 2017.  He grew up at CHPC as a child and young adult and even served on staff several times as a youth intern.  For five years he worked across town at Madeira-Silverwood Presbyterian Church as the Director of Student Ministries.  After his time in Madeira, he moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Theological Seminary and worked at Church of the Resurrection (Anglican) as the Director of Contemporary Worship and Outreach.  He holds a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and an M.Div.

While in St. Louis he started dating another native Cincinnati who eventually became his wife.  Mike and Susan are both passionate about the city of Cincinnati and anticipate planting a church in the city together.  In addition to their shared ministry interest, they both love reading, going for walks, coffee (bordering on snobbery), cooking (and eating), and are quite fond of their two cats!  In addition to being an avid reader of all genres, Mike is also a movie enthusiast and a musician (guitar and mandolin).

Favorite Authors: J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams, P.G. Wodehouse, Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis, John Calvin, Herman Bavinck, Francis A. Schaeffer, Lesslie Newbigin, Tim Keller, and Stanley Hauerwas.

Favorite Food: Thai, specifically Pad See Ew

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Staff

Mark Behnken – Organist

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Shannon Caton – Director of 3C’s Nursery School

Shannon grew up in Youngstown Ohio, but came to the University of Cincinnati for college.  While in college she received degrees in elementary education, psychology, and a masters in education.  She also met her husband Eric while in College.  She started her teaching career in 1999 at Chase Elementary in Northside, and then was at St Clare School until it was closed.  Always teaching 3rd grade or higher she never anticipated working at a preschool.  However, in 2006 St. Clare closed its doors and several people told her she should interview for 3C’s.  She walked across the parking lot and fell in love with the community!  She spent 6 years teaching PK/K, and is now been the director for 3 years. During her time at 3C’s she has had 3 bio children and has adopted one child.  All the children enjoyed their time at 3C’s!   She is very much in love with the Christ-centered community and has seen the people within grow and take Christ outside the walls. She hopes to be here for many more years!  Shannon enjoys walking, reading, writing, and driving her 4 kids places.

Favorite Food: Indian or Mexican
Email Shannon or Call at 513.541.5676 Ext. 1146

Harold & Marybelle Chapman – Parish Associate & Mission Coordinator

Rev. and Mrs. Harold Chapman (“Chappie” and Marybelle) have spent twenty years of their married life in overseas mission. They served in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where Chappie was principal of a mission high school and Marybelle taught English. In Cairo, Egypt, and in Antwerp, Belgium, Chappie was pastor of international, interdenominational, English-speaking churches. Chappie was on staff here at College Hill Presbyterian Church as Minister of Family Life and Community from 1977 to 1982. When Chappie retired in 1996, they settled in College Hill. Since then Chappie has become a parish associate and both he and Marybelle provide pastoral leadership in the mission work of the church. Chappie is the facilitator for the Kurdish Partnership Network. They live at Llanfair Retirement Community where Chappie is a resident representative on the Llanfair Board and also on the Ohio Living Board in Columbus. The Chapmans have five children, 12 grandchildren, and six great-granddaughters.

Email Chappie and Marybelle or Call at 513.541.5676 Ext. 1127

Greg Fischer – Facility Manager

Email Greg or Call at 513.541.5676 Ext. 1127

Michelle Hemsath – Scheduling and Hospitality

Michelle has lived in Cincinnati all her life except for going away to college at Rio Grande.

Michelle is married to Andy, they have 2 children Tori and Alex. They live in College Hill and love the central local location to the city and unique restaurants close by. They appreciate the community feel that you do not get to experience many other places.

She has been working at CHPC since 2001, when she started bringing Tori to preschool at 3c’s. Michelle has been able to be involved in many different ministries over the years; childcare, treehouse, care & counseling, facilities and the pastor’s office. The only two ministries she has not directly involved with is worship & arts and communications. Currently her role at the church is hospitality & scheduling. She feels very strongly about being warm & welcoming to anyone who enters the CHPC doors. One of her many favorite Bible verses has to do with hospitality. “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it”. Hebrews 13:2.

Michelle loves being outdoors, admiring God’s artwork, playing sports and reading.

Email Michelle or Call at 513.541.5676 Ext. 1123

Robyn Hubbuch – Director of Children, Youth, and Family

Robyn grew up in Cincinnati and at CHPC, where she enjoyed being involved in the children, youth and family ministry by attending youth group, camps, and mission trips, and then serving as a camp counselor, youth intern, and camp director. After graduating from Colerain High School, she moved to Spokane, Washington and earned a BA in Theology at Whitworth University. She served as a youth intern and interim youth director at Colbert Presbyterian Church in Spokane, until God led her back to Cincinnati and to CHPC. She has been on staff at CHPC since 2014, and she loves leading a diverse group of children, youth and families at the church and in the College Hill neighborhood to connect with one another and to become disciples of Jesus who make disciples.

In her free time, Robyn loves hiking, reading, rock climbing, snowboarding, doing jigsaw puzzles, and hanging out with her sweet but slightly neurotic long-haired chihuahua Milo.
Email Robyn or Call at 513.541.5676 Ext. 1112

Mike Hill – Custodian

Email Mike or Call at 513.205.8844

Heather Lethander – Finance and Human Resources

Heather Lethander is originally from Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland which is where she met her husband, Charlie when he moved into the community in the 6th grade. She spied him in band class (he played drums, she played clarinet). They began dating in the 11th grade, and were married just after college. They have two sons, Eric and Matthew, who are both “adulting” now. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like either one will land permanently in Cincinnati.

Heather and Charlie joined, CHPC in 1989 and have loved the people and the vision of the church even as it has changed over the years. Heather received a BS degree in Organizational Communication and Industrial Psychology (which is what they used to call HR) from Purdue University and worked for Fifth Third Bank until she “retired” to raise the kids. She was excited to have a second career opportunity at the church in 2015.

When not working, Heather loves to cook and travel. She frequently is trying out new recipes on her friends and family. It’s too bad she doesn’t really love to exercise with all that food around! She and Charlie travel around the world, and especially love cruises!

Email Heather or Call at 513.541.5676 Ext. 1119

Alan McKinney – Sound Technician

Alan McKinney is the sound engineer for CHPC, and has occupied his post since 2005.  He is a proud parent of his 2 children Bailey and Timmy, and is married to his wife and best friend Jennifer.  He is a jack of all trades, working in restaurant management, software development and training, project management, construction, and audio engineering.  Alan loves listening to and playing music spanning from Blues, to Rock, to Reggae, and can be found in his garage with either a sax, guitar or drumsticks in his hands.  Alan graduated from North College Hill HS, and continued his education at Xavier University, UC and Raymond Walter’s.

Favorite movie you may ask?  Spaceballs.  Yes, Spaceballs! — “You are looking at now sir.  Everything that happens now, is happening now.”   ”

“You are looking at now sir.  Everything that happens now, is happening now.”   “What happened to then?”  “We passed then”.  “When?”  “Just now.  We are at now now.”  “Go back to then.”  “When?”  “Now.”  “Now?”  Now.”  “I can’t.”  “Why?”  “We missed it”.  “When?”  “Just now.”  “When will then be now?”  “Soon.”  “HOW SOON?

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Michael Parker – Choir Director

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Sam Routzon – Worship Communications

Sam is a native of the Greater Cincinnati area. Hailing originally from Newport, but currently residing in the charming river community of Bellevue, KY. She is a HUGE Reds and Bengals fan.

Sam is a graduate of the Vineyard Leadership Institute (VLI), a 21-month program of Biblical studies, theology and hands-on ministry. One of the tenets of the Vineyard movement is, “Everybody gets to play.” She believes every Christ follower has a role to play in “His-story.” Whether you’re opening the door for someone, preaching the sermon, teaching the children or running slides on Sunday mornings (yes, this is a shameless plug for volunteers) each task is important and necessary.

Most Sundays you’ll see Sam running around making sure everyone has what they need and/or playing percussion or leading the music in the 2nd service. She is a worshipper at heart and loves to lead God’s people to worship in spirit and in truth.

Favorite food: meat and potatoes
Favorite musical: Wicked (ask her how many times she’s seen it)
Favorite thing to do when not at CHPC: riding her scooter

Email Sam or Call at 513.541.5676 Ext. 1125

Jeanne Schneider – Director of Care and Counseling

Jeanne Schneider is the Director of Counseling and Congregational Care. Jeanne received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from NKU and master’s degree in Counseling from Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary. Dually state licensed in KY and OH as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision designation, she delights in the transformative process of counseling integrating the power of client’s faith. Students from many local universities complete their counseling internships under her supervision. Jeanne enjoys exercising, reading (recent reads Moving Mountains and The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and the Body in the Healing of Trauma) and looks for every opportunity to be outside in the beauty of God’s creation.

Email Jeanne or Call at 513.541.5676 Ext. 1160

Sam Stare – Denominational Liasion and Archivist

1. How has God equipped you?  Graduate of Michigan State Univ — Packaging Engineer; minor in English Lit; Procter & Gamble, Product Dev. In 1969, fell in love with Jesus during preparation for marriage with Rev Dr Jerry R Kirk. Strongly discipled/equipped at CHPC. Have been staff as Special Project Mgr; 40 years as CHPC Denominational Liaison, local/national; and 41 years Admin CHPC Swim Ministry.

2. What’s your life verse?  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Roman 12:2.

3. What do you love about CHPC? It’s a thinking person’s place. God’s Owner’s Manual is the source. Reformed theological heritage is valued. ‘The Chief End of Mankind is to Glorify God and enjoy Him forever” (when times are tough too). My gifts are valued — I ‘color outside the lines’ — love innovation, technology and creativity. Every age is equipped and equipping for ministry at home and around the world so that God is Glorified.

4. Favorite movie:  Chariots of Fire.  Favorite line: “God made me [to run] fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

Email Sam or Call at 513.541.5676 Ext. 1147

John Stifel – Custodian

Email John or Call at 513.240.3621

Church Officers

Elders

Brenda Clark
Tom Dryer
Jerry Dwyer
Penny Sauer
Matthew Wilbur
Marion Eberhardt
Mark A Jorgensen
Joseph Koize
Scott Rice
Chris Roediger
Helen Brooks
Ken Elu
Bev Graves
Tom Riechel
Dave Snyder

Deacons

Stephen Telecsan – Moderator
Charolett Phoenix – Vice Moderator
Robert H Wade – Treasurer
Luke Verhagen – Vice Treasurer
Catherine Sanders – Secretary
Ashley Terry – Vice Secretary
Barbara Barber
Ruth Irby
Janice Long
Leon Terry
Margretta Davis
William Grimm Jr
Deanna Huddleston
Donna Pestinger
Jeff Berte
Cyndy Butz
April Dobbs
Wendi Fox
Ellen Murphy
Beckie Taylor
Nick Yaw
Joanne Cornelius

Nominating Committee

Mark Jorgensen
Ken Elu
Pamela Hanson
Fran Kelley
Lynn Marihugh
Jason McSwain
Nancy Shryock
Rebecca Warren

Facilities, Finance, and Administration Team

Matthew Wilbur
Joe Koize
Dave Snyder
David Butz
Brian Kershner

Staff Support Team

Jan Johnson
Brenda Clark
Lisa Duke
Mike Enderly
Carolyn Madison
Tom Riechel

Trustee Admin

Bart Sauer
Ann Klusmeier
John Wendt
Bill Wooten
Ken Jones

CAT

Helen Brooks
Scott Rice
Jerry Dwyer
Barry Stare
Drew Smith

ECO Catalyst

Mark Evans

Hospitality Task Force

Bev Graves

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