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Rev. Drew Smith – Senior Pastor

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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. Mike Jorgensen – Assistant Pastor of Worship and Young Adults

Mike Jorgensen

Mike is a native of Cincinnati 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

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

Darryll Davis – Contemporary Worship Leader

Darryll Davis resides in College Hill, with his wife Bernice and they are proud parents of six amazing children.   

Having served on the Cincinnati Police Department for 16 years, Darryll brings a strong sense of real world leadership clarity. During his time with the CPD, Darryll served 7 years as a Sergeant leading the violent Crimes and narcotics unit called “Vortex”.  Darryll has been featured in (3) three episodes of the popular “COPS” television program. 

After serving as a missionary for 5 years in Jamaica, Darryll returned to the United States with a vision for planting a healthy multi-ethnic church.  In September of 2011, Darryll and a vibrant diverse group of over 250 people on opening day, witnessed that vision come alive with the launch of “Pathways Christian Church” a successful multi-ethnic multi-generational church. 

Darryll now works as a Real Estate Agent with his wife Bernie and enjoys travel, hiking, reading and music.  

Email Darryll

Michelle Hemsath – Scheduling and Hospitality

Michelle Hemsath

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 and 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, 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

Heather Lethander – Director of Finance and Human Resources

Heather Lethander

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

Jeanne Schneider – Director of Care and Counseling

Jeanne Schneider

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

 

Mark Behnken

Michael Parker

Alan McKinney

Organist

Choir Director

Sound Technician

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Mike Hill

Steve Williams

 Greg Fischer

Custodian

Custodian

 Facility Manager

Email Mike or call
513.205.8844
Email Steve or call 513.240.3621  Email Greg or call
513.541.5676 Ext. 1127

Volunteer Staff

Marybelle Chapman

Sam Stare

Mission Coordinator

Denominational Liaison and Archivist

Harold & Marybelle Chapman Sam Stare
Marybelle or call
513.541.5676 Ext. 1127
Email Sam or call
513.541.5676 Ext. 1147

 

Church Officers

Elders

Deacons

Rob Bechtel Charolett Phoenix – Moderator
Helen Brooks Beckie Thomas – Vice Moderator
Marion Eberhardt Luke Verhagen – Treasurer
Ken Elu Jeff Berte – Vice Treasurer
Bev Graves Ashley Terry – Secretary
Robyn Hubbuch Joanne Cornelius – Vice Secretary
Mark A Jorgensen Jinda Bowerman
Missi Kershner Joe Brooks
Joseph Koize Cyndy Butz
Bonnie Mack April Dobbs
Kip Mueller Pat Dollard
Scott Rice Tim Duncan
Tom Riechel Nitha Elu
Dave Snyder Wendi Fox
Moderator: Drew Smith Michael Fox
Session Clerk: Janet Dumford William Grimm Jr
Ellen Murphy
Becky Warren
Thom Warren
Natasha Rulason

Staff Support Team (SST)

Nominating Committee

Chairperson – Jan Johnson Ken Elu – Chair
Lisa Duke Missi Kershner – Vice Chair
Mike Enderly Brenda Clark
Carolyn Madison David Freas
Kip Mueller Fran Kelley
Tom Riechel Allen Rainey
Catherine Sanders

Facilities, Finance, and Administration Team (FFAT)

Catalyst Action Team (CAT)

President – Rob Bechtel Helen Brooks
Treasurer – Joe Koize Scott Rice
Secretary – Dave Snyder Bonnie Mack
Dave Butz Janet Dumford
Bill Koch Drew Smith
Brian Kershner

 

Trustee Admin

Guest Services

Ken Jones Bev Graves
Ann Klusmeier
Charlie Lethander
John Wendt
Bill Wooten