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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!

Deborah Wood

Office Administrator

Deborah oversees all things related to our MHUMC office. She began her career as a public school orchestra director in her native Texas. When her husband, Kerry, current lead pastor of Cheviot UMC, responded to God’s call to ministry, Deborah shifted her focus to teaching private string lessons. While she still teaches and plays violin and viola in her church and the community, Deborah is excited to be able to exercise her gifts of administration, organization, and attention to detail here at Monfort Heights UMC.

Deborah and Kerry have three children. Their older daughter, Rachel, and her husband Jesse McKnight have two daughters, Ellie (turning three in February 2018) and Charlotte (turning one in December 2017). Jesse is a physical therapist at The Christ Hospital. Their son, Mac, works here in Cincinnati and sings with the Vocal Arts Ensemble. Their younger daughter, Natalie, married Zach Claytor in October 2017, and currently resides in Hawaii where Zach is working on his PhD in Astronomy at the University of Hawaii.

In her free time, Deborah enjoys sewing (she’d love to tell you about her daughter’s wedding dress) and other needle arts, playing with her granddaughters, and, most of all, spending time with her husband!

Jeff Snyder

Praise Service Worship Leader
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Meet Jeff Snyder, MHUMC’s worship leader. Jeff is a student at Cincinnati Christian University, with 1 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 leads our Elevate Youth Group (6th thru 12th grade) that meets every Sunday evening 6:00 to 8:00. 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!