Ministry Staff

  • Rev. Dr. 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 recently completed 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.

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  • Rev. Samuel Mock – Assistant Pastor of Discipleship & Evangelism

    Samuel grew up in Bardstown, KY, and moved here from Lexington, KY, in 2019. He graduated from Liberty University with his Master of Divinity in 2022 and completed ECO's ordination process in 2024. Samuel served as our Director of Youth Ministry for four years and now leads our discipleship ministries. Great mentors have poured into Samuel, and he desires to extend that intentional care and attention here at CHPC. He loves to help people discover their gifts and pursue God's call on their lives. He seeks to live submitted to God's will for his life and wants to help others do the same by teaching and equipping them with truth and practical application. Samuel loves sports (basketball, football, bowling, etc.), being outdoors, a good movie and coffee. Fun fact, Samuel writes spoken word poetry and has a twin brother. His favorite food group is queso!

    Samuel's words to you, "You are incredibly loved by God; go and share that love with others!"

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  • heather lethander

    Director of operations

    Heather 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, who live and work in Houston, TX.

    Heather and Charlie joined CHPC in 1989, and have loved the people and the vision of the church 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. 

    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!

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  • Michael gaines

    property manager

    I recognize that serving in this capacity carries with it great responsibility and great opportunity: The responsibility to honor God with the choices and decision that will be made and the opportunity to serve the body here at CHPC.

    My wife Jill and I have been married for twenty-nine years. We have five children and four grandchildren. Together, we are committed to serving God, the Body of Christ, and the community in the hopes that the world might experience God’s grace, redemption, and love in tangible ways.

    As I walk by faith and labor with others to lead and serve, I am believing that we will realize the scripture that says, we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.

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  • nicole mckenna

    director of family ministries

    Nicole grew up in Oakwood, OH, just a stone's throw away from the University of Dayton. She has four children: Cierra (24) lives in California, DJ (18) is a student at Ohio University, Naomi Truth (11), and Victory Reign (8).

    She graduated in 1993 and worked in retail management and then later in the property management industry. She eventually left the corporate world and operated four Christian schools for 12 years. It was some of her most rewarding, challenging, memorable and life-transforming ministry service she has been a part of to date.

    Nicole completed her bachelor's degree in education,  has completed seminary and a master's degree in church leadership. Currently she is earning her doctoral degree in chaplaincy and leadership from Regent University's online program. She will graduate in May 2024.

    The opportunity to serve youth and families here at CHPC is one of answered prayer for Nicole. She deeply loves the word of God, wholeheartedly believes in the absolute power of prayer, and unapologetically follows the leading of the Holy Spirit! These will be the core components as she leads and guides our CHPC youth as they grow and flourish in their life journey while discovering the brilliant plans God has for each of them individually and collectively.

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Part-Time Staff

  • robyn russell

    family ministry assistant

  • Kevin moser

    director of traditional worship

    Kevin is the oldest of 5 brothers. He has lived in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.

    He enjoys many styles of music, but classical composers Respighi, Prokofiev, and Copland are among his favorites. Aside from musical interests, he enjoys hiking and skiing, especially in Colorado and Utah. He is a school ski club sponsor through Perfect North Slopes. He has bicycled thousands of miles in a year, and has pedaled 330+ miles from Cleveland to Cincinnati across the Ohio-to-Erie Trail several times. He raised money and awareness for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. He loves to read, especially true crime, histories, and biographies. He has travelled to Israel three times and hopes to go there again in 2023 as a tour host assistant.

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  • joanne cornelius

    Congregational care

  • 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

  • greg fischer

    capital projects

    Greg is a Cincinnati native, born in Cheviot and has lived in College Hill since 1955 which is when he began attending College Hill Presbyterian. He grew up in a family of builders, learning the construction business and then starting his own company for 35 years. Before starting his own company, Greg worked as a professional photographer which is where he met his wife Terry.

    Greg loves an active lifestyle, if he isn’t working you’ll find him hiking, biking, and working out. He loves spending time with three daughters and eight grandchildren whether it is in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Scotland, or Duck, North Carolina.

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  • jill drewyor

    church organist

    Jill has been playing piano and supporting musical groups from schools and students to community theaters and churches for more than 30 years. Most recently, she spent 15 years as the Worship Director for the contemporary worship team at Walnut Street UMC in Chillicothe, OH, while also participating in the bell choir and acting as a supporting organist for the traditional service. She recently moved to Cincinnati in the fall of 2019 to be closer to family and start the next chapter God has planned for her. 

    Jill has a heart for a variety of music from gospel to Scott Joplin and enjoys bringing together the traditional and contemporary styles of music to create an accessible and impactful worship experience. When not playing music, Jill is sewing for customers out of her home in Loveland or cuddling her grand-dogs while watching Judge Judy.

  • catherine sanders

    Connections coordinator

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  • Ken Davis

    Church Musician

    Ken has been playing regularly at our second service since January 2018. Ken was born Cincinnati Ohio. He began playing piano in the Baptist church as a child around the age of 10 and enjoys playing gospel and contemporary Christian music. Ken is an experienced pianist. In addition to his gospel roots, he has also performed regularly in many of the casinos, country clubs and concert venues throughout the country playing Pop, Motown, 70’s, old school, country, jazz and R&B.
    “One of my favorite playing experiences was having the privilege to perform with a band several years ago at a popular historic music venue in West Virginia and getting the chance to meet and play as the opening act for the late, great famous jazz musician and singer Al Jarreau.”
    When not playing music, Ken enjoys relaxing, dining out, working on computers, and going to the movie theater.

Volunteer Staff

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    513.541.5676 Ext. 1147

Current Officers

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  • Moderator: Drew Smith

    Session Clerk: Janet Dumford

    Rosa Brinkman

    Darryll Davis

    Tom Dryer

    Mark Evans

    Sharon Holland

    Catherine Sanders

    Bart Sauer

    Bill Scheid

    Sam Stare

  • Moderator: Barb Rosen

    Treasurer: David Freas

    Secretary: Mike Funez

    Ross Battoclette

    Bob Brockfield

    Helen Brooks

    Cyndy Butz

    Dave Butz

    Bernice Davis

    Margretta Davis

    Pam Dollard

    Michelle Dyson
    Kelley Foresman
    Samhar Gutierrez

    Aarika Itodo

    Sonia Leaks

    Julia Powell

    Cheryl Schaeffner

    Claire Snyder

    Rebecca Warren

    Bryce Weaver

  • Chris Dumford

    Ken Jones

    Charlie Lethander

    Cedric Lowe

    Bryan Madison

  • Sharon Holland (Session)

    Tom Dryer (Session)

    Joe Brooks

    Ann Klusmeier

    Gwyn Spindel