Pastoral Staff

David Hood

David Hood : Lead Pastor

Lead Pastor

dhood@shilohumc.com

Learn more about Pastor Dave

Pastor Dave has been married to his high school sweetheart, Julie, since 1990. They have the blessing of raising four wonderfully unique children. They're also "Pops" and "Yaya" to their beautiful granddaughter, Lydia.

Dave's the son of an American Baptist preacher and was called to the ministry while he was in college. He has served in the United Methodist Church since 2002. Many things drew him to the United Methodist Church, but particularly important to him is the Methodist view of grace, which is "EVERYTHING, for NOTHING, for those who didn't deserve ANYTHING in the first place".
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Dave strongly believes that the church should be the empowering and transforming center of its community. He doesn't just want to "play church." He is singularly committed to this mission: "Making disciples who can change the world." He loves that the United Methodist Church is an open conversation in progress rather than a set of rules and dogmas already established, giving room for flexibility, diversity and grace in the denomination.

He earned a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Judson University in Elgin, Ill. and a master's degree in divinity from the United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, Ohio. He was ordained as an elder in 2008.

Before coming to Shiloh in May 2014, Dave built a reputation for helping transform and grow churches. He led the restart of the urban Fort McKinley United Methodist Church in Dayton, which grew in members from 40 to more than 400. He also planted a church in Trotwood, Ohio called The Point.  He started with prayer walks around the church, asking people about their needs, assets and dreams.  He believes a strong, vibrant congregation can make a huge impact on its community.

His life verse is 2 Timothy 2:15:

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

When he's not working, you might find him watching his son play soccer, spending time with his family or watching football (He's a life-long Green Bay Packers fan who's learning to like the Bengals.)

Learn even more about Dave by checking out his 9 to Know


Daniel Hughes

Daniel Hughes : Price Hill Campus Pastor

Price Hill Campus Pastor

dhughes@shilohumc.com

Learn about Pastor Daniel

Family and church are inextricable for the Hughes family.

When Pastor Daniel was six months old, his parents felt called by God to establish a church in Lima, Ohio. It had Baptist and Penecostal roots. People sometimes say they grew up in the church; Daniel truly did.

But he didn’t really think specifically about his faith while he was growing up in it. After high school, he moved to California and thought he’d stay. He returned to Ohio when his father was sick with bone cancer. His parents’ church had dwindled and closed. His father wanted to see those doors open again before he died. Daniel helped accomplish that, and his father was able to know before he passed that his church was once again in operation.

Daniel began to feel his own call toward serving people. He was on track to be a professor, but also was still helping out with his family’s church. But he still felt the Lord wanted him to make a different impact. He took a job as an assistant director of a housing authority, but he wasn’t big on the politics involved. He felt called toward full-time ministry and met a Methodist pastor from one of Lima’s suburban churches. They felt God was calling them to work together to bridge the divide between their church’s missions and needs. Building such relationships, he says, can begin to change the world.

He met Pastor Dave at a meeting and the two clicked. So when Dave started at Shiloh in the summer of 2014 and soon needed a pastor for the Price Hill location, which had been closed and was reopened after a vote of the Delhi congregation. Dave invited Daniel to preach there. Daniel and his wife, Nickie, visited and found the church to feel very hopeful. The move felt right.

Daniel’s urban/suburban experience in Lima proved to be the perfect experience for Shiloh’s two-campus church. He wants to focus not necessarily on bringing people inside the church building, but on attracting people to the Jesus in their neighbors. He wants to identify Price Hill’s issues and get resources out into the community. He wants to create relevant, real ministry in this city neighborhood.


 

Brent Dearnell

Brent Dearnell : Executive Pastor

Executive Pastor

bdearnell@shilohumc.com

Learn more about Brent and his ministry

Pastor Brent has a true passion for helping people take one step towards Jesus everyday as well as furthering God's movement through the local church. Before becoming a pastor at Shiloh in 2008, he taught middle school social studies and coached varsity soccer in Covington, Ky.

The son of a teacher and a plumber, Brent was baptized Presbyterian but his family moved to the United Methodist Church when he was seven. He has been active in the church ever since.  He believes in the call to making discipleships through relationships that form through serving, worshiping and caring for each other.

Brent earned a bachelor’s degree in education with a focus on middle school students from Ohio University. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from the United Theological Seminary. He is a provisional deacon of the United Methodist Church.

He and his wife, Sara, have been married since 2007. They are knowing the blessing of having a young family as they have two young children and one on the way.

His life verse is Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Brent is a true extrovert who loves being with people. He also enjoys spending time watching soccer matches both here in the United States as well as around the world.

Click here if you would like to schedule a meeting with Brent.


 


Administrative Staff

Melissa Ryan

Melissa Ryan : Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

mryan@shilohumc.com

Learn about Melissa and passion for helping others.

 Melissa Ryan is our administrative assistant. She is a westsider who grew up in Miami Heights and graduated from Taylor High School. Melissa has a journalism degree from Northern Kentucky University and worked for the Western Hills and Delhi Presses as well as the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Business Courier. She is also a wedding and portrait photographer. She and her four kids live now live in Delhi with their two dogs, a snake and a bearded dragon. 

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Ministry Staff

Tym House

Tym House : Student Ministry Director

Student Ministry Director

thouse@shilohumc.com

Learn about Tym and his passion for Student Ministry at Shiloh

Tym has resided on the Westside of Cincinnati for many years, along with his wife Amy and their three-year-old son, Caden. He graduated from Oak Hills High School and attended the University of Cincinnati, earning a BA in Psychology (with a minor in Sociology) in 2009. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion at Cincinnati Christian University, concentrated in Leadership Studies and Education and Family Ministries.

While at UC, Tym worked part-time as a youth pastor at his home church, then later assumed a full-time role from 2011-2015 at a local United Methodist Church. Most recently, Tym has been working for a non-profit organization called Healthy Visions, which connects with middle school and high school students throughout several schools in the Greater Cincinnati area, teaching on social and emotional issues teens face every day.

Tym has always had a passion to reach youth for Christ, as he experienced the importance of having Godly leadership present through his teenage years. Tym’s enduring mission is to shed a positive light into a world filled with negativity, ultimately pointing people to Christ, in hopes of impacting and transforming lives for the better. This directly plays into his life verse from

Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

A part from ministry and connecting with students, Tym enjoys spending time with his family, working out, and drinking a good cup (or two) of coffee. 

Beth Carter

Beth Carter : Children’s Ministry Director, Preschool Director

Children’s Ministry Director, Preschool Director

bcarter@shilohumc.com

 

Read about Beth and her philosophy for preschool and children's ministry.

Beth is married to Chris and mother to two children.  The Carter family began attending Shiloh in the fall of 2014, after moving from Oklahoma, where Beth served for five years as Elementary Children’s Director at McFarlin Memorial UMC. Prior to her service in children’s ministries, Beth’s Masters of Education influenced her eleven years of experience as an elementary school teacher in Kentucky and Oklahoma.

Beth’s work at Shiloh is focused on partnering our Preschool and Children’s Ministries with families, emphasizing the teachings of Deuteronomy 6:

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”


Kathy Shea

Kathy Shea : Children's Ministry Director

Children's Ministry Director

kshea@shilohumc.com

Learn more about Kathy and her work with children

Kathy has been coming to Shiloh since she was 12.

Shortly after coming to Shiloh, she was confirmed. And although she didn't think seriously about it at the time, she started feeling a closeness to Jesus and a call to be involved in some sort of ministry.

Her passionate for teaching kids about Jesus began then. But her commitment solidified years ago when she and her husband lost an infant daughter, a twin to her son, Joe, Shiloh's organist.

The outpouring of support and prayer back then helped her young family get through that painful experience. She knew she would always try to pay that compassion back through working with children at the church.

"Every child deserves to know Jesus," she says.

She first taught Vacation Bible School 16 years ago. She wanted to decline the job, but God kept nudging her. It was that "incredible" experience that pushed Kathy into more work with children's ministries. She believes her role is to lead by example and to partner with families to work together to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

She loves it when she's teaching a Sunday School class and can see that moment when a child really gets the message. One of her favorite things is helping direct Shiloh's well-known Christmas play. During rehearsals, the adults emphasize that the kids are doing ministry work through their acting. She likes seeing the kids realize that they're making a difference.

When she's not planning Sunday School lessons or Vacation Bible School, Kathy likes to hike. Really hike - as in take a backpack and be gone in the woods for days. Fitness and healthy eating are big parts of who Kathy is also. She loves to walk her dog, Shamrock, and exercise. She ran her first - and probably only - half marathon in 2011.

Her motorcycle helmet is currently collecting dust. But on it is one of her favorite Bible verses: Philippians 4:13:

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Jim, for 35 years. They have four sons - Joe, Matthew, Peter and Sam. They are also new grandparents to Cecelia.

Read even more about Kathy by clicking here.


 

Robin Pruitt

Robin Pruitt : Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

rpruitt@shilohumc.com

Learn about Robin and her passion for Children's Ministry at Shiloh

Robin grew up in Delhi Township and graduated from Oak Hills High School. She recently moved back to the area after moving around over the last several years due to her husband’s military career. She and her husband, Anthony, make their home in Union, KY with their four amazing children – Sydnee, Ashlee, Caleb, and Rylee.
Robin has served in many aspects of children’s ministry starting when her 18-year-old daughter was in pre-school. She has been a VBS teacher, Sunday School teacher, Girl Scout Leader, youth soccer coach, and PTA room-mom. While serving the west-side community as a Cincinnati Police Officer, Robin began feeling a calling to church ministry, specifically to children’s and youth ministry. She left the police force to pursue that calling. She began taking courses in Leadership and Ministry at Cincinnati Christian University while working as a youth pastor in Northern Kentucky, but left both when the Army called her husband to serve in other states. While moving around the country she was able to serve in multiple ministries including the Military’s Protestant Women of the Chapel, children’s ministries, women’s ministries, food and clothing ministry, and more. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion at Cincinnati Christian University, with a concentration in Education and Family Ministries.
Robin’s passion for children shines in all that she does with the children she ministers to. She strongly believes that the children are the future of the Church, and her focus comes from

Proverbs 22:6; “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

In her spare time, Robin enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family. They have frequent “family movie” and “family game” nights, enjoy spending the day at Kings Island or the zoo, and love to take evening family walks with their dogs. In the very rare times she has to herself, she loves to read anything she can get her hands on, make scarves and blankets, play soccer, watch football (Go Buckeyes!), and cook.

Learn even more about Robin by reading her 9 to Know


Worship Staff

Mike Hertsenberg

Mike Hertsenberg :  Interim Modern Worship Coordinator

Interim Modern Worship Coordinator

mhertsenberg@shilohumc.com

Learn about Mike and his heart for being a worship leader

 Mike is a life-long west sider, who graduated from Oak Hills High School. He went on to receive a Bachelors Degree from Northern Kentucky University, all the while helping out with many different ministries in and around Cincinnati. Mike also works as a Motivational Health Educator for Healthy Visions, a Cincinnati based non-profit organization that goes into different school settings and seeks to meet youth where they are, to help better their life.

Mike came up through the student ministry here at Shiloh, during which he developed a passion for worship. He has served on numerous worship teams around Cincinnati, large and small, where he has learned about what "worship" is and means to a wide variety of people. He hopes that through his ministry, he can "Invite and Excite" people to be a part of what God is doing in and through the worship ministry and Shiloh Church as a whole. To Mike, worship is a means to re-align yourself with the heart of God and realize that everyday is a new day to make better choices moving forward. This stems from his life verse:
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Cor. 5:17
While not in schools speaking or at the church, you'll typically find Mike browsing the internet or music stores for the latest guitar gear or hanging out with his fiancee Amy.

Jerry Suit

Jerry Suit : Traditional Worship Coordinator

Traditional Worship Coordinator

jsuit@shilohumc.com

Learn about Jerry and his musical work at Shiloh

It seems as though Jerry has been making music for most of his life. From singing with his mom and dad in his home church as a child, to playing piano and organ in a little mission Baptist church in Haysville, Kansas in his youth. Jerry attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas where he studied music education and sang in the elite choral group, The Singing Quakers. Upon graduation with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Church Music in 1979, he moved to Cincinnati to study voice and choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Jerry sang at Knox Presbyterian Church for two years as tenor soloist/section leader while working to complete his Master’s Degree. In 1981 he was hired by Oak Hills Local Schools to teach vocal/general music at Bridgetown Junior High School.

Jerry and Joy were married in 1982 and Jerry was hired as Music Director of Shiloh United Methodist Church where he served as Chancel Choir director and Youth Choir director for a time. Jerry has played in the church handbell choir and sung for weddings and funerals. Jerry retired after twenty-five years of service to Shiloh in 2007 but was called back into service in the summer of 2015. Jerry currently serves as the Traditional Worship Coordinator and Chancel Choir Director. Jerry and Joy have two adult children, Diana and Aaron, and four adorable grandchildren. 

Raymond Woods

Raymond Woods : Price Hill Worship Coordinator

Price Hill Worship Coordinator

rwoods@shilohumc.com

Learn about Raymond and his enthusiasm for music and Price Hill

Raymond Woods has been with the Shiloh family since 2013, and serves as the Shiloh Price Hill Worship Leader.   He brings 20 years of experience serving as a Minister of Music, and an Audio Engineer.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from American Intercontinental University in Atlanta GA.  Raymond’s goal is to produce an authentic and transparent worship setting, so that God’s people can experience His presence. In addition, the Music Ministry’s goal is to deliver a cross cultural and multi-generational worship style that includes all peoples from all walks of life.

Joe Shea

Joe Shea : Organist

Organist

jshea@shilohumc.com

Learn about Joe and his musical work at Shiloh

Few people are more connected to Shiloh than Joe Shea. He has been attending for more than 31 years – all his life.

He has been a part of just about everything music-related the church has to offer. Growing up, he played hand bells and sang in the choir. He helped lead the children’s choir. His mom is Kathy Shea, Shiloh’s children’s ministries director.

After graduating from Oak Hills High School, Joe went to the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in music education.  He currently operates his own piano teaching studio.  Find out more about his piano studio by clicking here.

So in 2011 when Shiloh needed a new organist, the church turned to maybe the most obvious person – Joe. Although he is a pianist first, he was thrilled to take the job and is still perfecting his organ-playing technique.

When he’s not at either of his music jobs, Joe can be found working on his golf game. He also likes to cook and read all kinds of books. He is happy that Shiloh allows him to use his passion for music as a ministry.

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