Meet Our Staff

Rev. Dean Penrod

Senior Pastor
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Pastor Dean was appointed to Monfort Heights since 2012, previous serving at Middletown First UMC (Middletown, OH), Southern Hills UMC (Kettering, OH). Pastor Dean is married to Lin, a mental health therapist in the area.  Together they have two children, the oldest, Devon is just recently completed his service in the Air Force and the youngest, Erin, is in her second year at the University of Denver, Sturm School of Law.   Dean and Lin have several hobbies, including a love for hiking and the outdoors, for movies, and occasionally have been known to try new things.  Pastor Dean is passionate about the health of the church expressing this idea in that we find our salvation in the midst of the community of faith; God has a place for everyone!

Rev. Lauren Fuchs

Associate Pastor
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Pastor Lauren Fuchs oversees all of the tiny and teenage beings at Monfort Heights United Methodist Church. She oversees the ministry of our children’s offerings, youth groups, and partnerships with the surrounding schools. Lauren is married to Dan, who joined her in Cincinnati in the winter of 2015. Together, they spend their time exploring the city, visiting friends, and watching Netflix. Cincinnati is a fun place to live, as Lauren grew up in small town Bryan, Ohio and completed her Bachelors in Mount Vernon, Ohio and Master of Divinity in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Jeff Snyder

Praise Service Worship Leader
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Meet Jeff Snyder, MHUMC’s new worship leader. Jeff is a student at Cincinnati Christian University, with 2 semesters left until graduation. He is studying General Ministry, and pursuing some different calls on his heart from the Lord. Jeff has a real heart for worship and is gifted in bringing the Holy Spirit into the music.

Jeff’s family hails from Fairfield, where he grew up and graduated from Fairfield High in 2010. While Jeff competed in golf and tennis in high school, basketball is actually his favorite sport and in his spare time he enjoys watching all teams Cincinnati reign victorious.

In addition to worship leadership, Jeff also has a passion and a heart for students. Jeff will be joining Pastor Lauren and the Elevate team in planning and teaching at Sunday night youth group soon. We are thrilled to have Jeff, and his Doxen, Snickers, join the MHUMC family.

Larry Cook

Choir Director

Larry Cook has been a member of MHUMC for many, many years.  Often you will find Larry around the church making a repair or sweeping up a mess.  In past years Larry has directed the Bell Choir only recently offering to direct the Chancel Choir.  Larry is married to Maureen.  Come meet Larry and you will know what a servant really is!