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. 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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  • Rev. Darryll Davis – Assistant Pastor of Worship & Outreach

    Darryll 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • greg fischer

    facility director

    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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Part-Time Staff

  • 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 led 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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  • dr. cindy candelaria

    director of traditional worship

    Cindy met the Lord at age 14 at the Metropolitana Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico, where she is originally from. Her hometown’s church holds a special place in her heart as it is where she received Jesus, got baptized, and 11 years later got married to her partner in worship, Rubén Márquez. She served as certified Sunday School teacher, worship leader and multiple musical group’s conductor for about 15 years within her local church and the Disciples of Christ’s denomination, and toured with the interdenominational musical ministry Latin Continental Singers for about 8 years, until she moved to the United States Mainland for her graduate studies. Together with Ruben, she served in worship with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir while they lived in NYC, before the Lord opened doors to further her studies in (Classical) Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, from where she holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts. They now have two beautiful children, Julian and Alina (who was dedicated at CHPC in 2020) and have worshiped in multiple local churches around Cincinnati. Cindy enjoys family series, hiking, road trips, and outdoor activities with her family. They are very happy to join the CHPC Family. Cindy is also an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Xavier University and runs her Voice studio in Clifton.

  • joanne cornelius

    Congregational care

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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


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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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  • sharlyn STARE - DENOMINATIONAL LIAISON AND ARCHIVIST


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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