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. Mike Jorgensen – Assistant Pastor
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 Cincinnati native 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
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
Jennifer Cronk – Director of Children’s Ministry
Jennifer hails from Lexington, KY. She’s a graduate of Carson-Newman University and Covenant Seminary. Jennifer grew up watching her teacher mom pour into the lives of kids. This, combined with a children’s ministry internship during seminary, produced a natural love for teaching kids the Gospel.
Jennifer has been doing ministry for 20 years, and has been serving in children’s ministry for 11 years. She’s served in many different ministry contexts, including East Asia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and Ohio.
Jennifer lives in North Avondale, with her adorable pound puppy Bentley. She loves reading and writing, photography, and traveling and exploring new places, and helping make her neighborhood a kinder place.
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.
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.
Rosie Jennings – Organist
Rosie Jennings came to us most recently from The Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Ohio. She was there for 9 years as the Director of Family Ministries/Organist/Traditional Music Director. Rosie worked at CHPC back in the 90’s as Organist, Director of Choir School, and summer Director of Music & Drama Camps. Her first Sunday upon her return to CHPC was March 8, 2020. She said it felt like “coming home”!
Rosie grew up in Frankfort, Indiana and attended the First Presbyterian Church there. She has an Associate Degree in business from Indiana Central University in Indianapolis, a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Xavier University, and a Masters Degree from University of Rio Grande in Technology in Education. She received her organ training from Indiana Central University and Xavier University. She has played for various churches in Indiana, South Carolina, and Ohio. Rosie also worked as a full-time secretary for over ten years and taught public school music for 16 years. She taught for Hamilton City Schools and Ross Local Schools, retiring as the Middle School/High School Vocal Director in 2013.
Rosie has four children: Ashley Ritchie married to Mark Ritchie and they have four little girls; Chase Gable; Curtis Gable; and Allison Mainello married to Dominic Mainello. Ashley and Allison are both teachers, Chase works for Carter Lumber, and Curtis is a graphic designer for Hyperquake.
Rosie is engaged to Ed Metzger and is planning to marry in the next few months! She currently resides in Erlanger, Kentucky.
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!
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.
Samuel Mock – Director of Student Ministries
Samuel grew up in Bardstown, KY and moved here from Lexington, KY. He’s currently attending Cincinnati Christian University for his Masters in Divinity. 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 youth groups leader for 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. He is excited for the opportunity to serve here at CHPC!
Michael Parker – Choir Director
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
To see our current lay leadership go to the Church Officers page.