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Rev. Drew Smith – Senior Pastor

Family

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. Jennifer Cronk – Assistant Pastor of Children & Families

Jennifer loves showing families the beauty of the Gospel. Her undergraduate education in Child & Family Studies, and graduate work in Educational Ministry, combined with a lifetime of watching her teacher-mom open minds, has put a passion in her heart to see the stories of the Bible brought to life in children’s hearts. Whether it’s writing curriculum, training ministry volunteers, or developing relationships with families, Jennifer’s 20 years of experience have taught her that children thrive most when parents are the primary faith-builders in their lives. Partnering with parents to raise kids deeply in love with Jesus is her most beloved job responsibility.  Finding books for her Little Free Library, going on adventures, decorating her 100-year-old house, watching This Is Us, photography, and writing poetry bring her joy. She counts her greatest life accomplishment as holding a baby puffin in Scotland.

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Darryll Davis – Director of Contemporary Worship & Outreach

Darryll Davis resides in College Hill, with his wife Bernice; 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 to his role. 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” tv show.  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, witnessed that vision come alive with the launch of “Pathways Christian Church” a successful multi-ethnic, multi-generational church.  Darryll also works as a Real Estate Agent with his wife Bernice, and enjoys travel, hiking, reading and music.  

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Michael Parker – Director of Traditional Worship

Michael initially joined the leadership team in 2015 as interim choir director of the Chancel Choir in the traditional worship service.  He now serves as Director of Traditional Worship.  Michael grew up in South Charleston, West Virginia, heavily involved in church and music from childhood.  He began his academic career in music education, then earned graduate degrees in Theology and Philosophy.  In addition to his work at CHPC, Michael also teaches philosophy and ethics at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College and Thomas More University.  Michael and his wife Susan, who serves another church as accompanist and director of ensembles, have two children and eight grandchildren.  When asked about his biggest surprise in coming to work at CHPC, he replied, “Finding those two tympani in a closet and discovering that they still worked!”  Appreciating the scope and depth of ministry at CHPC, including its history of outstanding music, Michael believes that “CHPC is one of the best kept secrets in Cincinnati.”   Michael and Susan reside in Batavia, and when not teaching or directing music, they are likely keeping up with their grandkids, all of whom live close.  In his spare time, Michael likes to take on DIY projects.

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Samuel Mock – Director of Next Generation and Streaming Ministries

Samuel grew up in Bardstown, KY and moved here from Lexington, KY. He’s currently attending Liberty University, where he is pursuing his Masters of Divinity degree online. Great mentors poured into Samuel when he was in a youth group and he desires to extend that intentional care and attention here at CHPC. He loves to help people discover their gifts and pursue the call God has on their life. Most recently, Samuel was a small group leader in Southland Christian Church’s youth ministry, and helped lead a young singles ministry called T.N.D. in Lexington. His role in T.N.D. was content coordinator, meaning he created bible lessons and other means of education for the groups members. 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!

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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 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 include 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

Staff

Katie Alexander – Administrative Assistant, Care & Counseling

A little over a year ago I finished up my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Xavier University, where I completed my counseling internship at CHPC. Since then I have moved into a private practice role and am working towards becoming an independently licensed professional counselor. While I love the work I do with my clients, I also have a passion for service through faith. I am thrilled to be back at CHPC in the Care, Counseling and Connection ministry where I am able to join together my passions and build into the church!

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

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.

Greg Fischer – Director of Facility Ministries

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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Heather Lethander – Director of 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!

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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.

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Hope Davis – Contemporary Worship Leader

Hope is a Cincinnati, OH native, and currently lives in Forest Park. She has spent five years of her childhood living in Montego Bay, Jamaica as a missionary kid, which has given her a heart for sharing God’s love with those who are under served.

After returning back to USA and completing high school, Hope went on to study vocal performance and songwriting at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and Worship Arts at Hope International University (Fullerton, CA).

It was at HIU that Hope discovered her love for worshiping God and connecting with Him through music. She then traveled as a background singer for Christian recording artist, Nicole C. Mullen, for almost 2 years. This later lead Hope to the International House of Prayer (Kansas City, MO) for a Worship Arts Internship, where she was able to connect with God and with the under served inner city through outreach activities.

Hope enjoys writing songs and short-stories, taking nature walks, hanging out with friends, going to coffee shops, and reading.

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Samuel Coffey – Worship Media Specialist and Webmaster

Samuel Coffey has always had a desire for the Lord and is excited to be a member of the CHPC staff and team. He recently graduated from Moody Bible Institute with an Associates in Biblical Studies and is certified to officiate both weddings and funerals in the state of Ohio!

A bit of a wildcard and rough around the edges his heart is sincere, and Sam often means well. With an interest in personality tests and for those who are similarly minded he is an ISFP (Myers Briggs) and a 1 (Enneagram). Samuel most enjoys making excessively large sandwiches (and then eating them), reading a good book, and going on adventures with friends!

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Volunteer Staff

Sam Stare

Denominational Liaison and Archivist

Sam Stare
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513.541.5676 Ext. 1147

 


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