• John W. Bowling
    Lead Pastor

    Pastor John is responsible for the overall leadership of the church, worship, preaching, and pastoral care. 

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  • Vera Lohner

    Children's Ministry Director

    Vera Lohner has been the Children's Ministry Director at Highland UMC since January 2012. She loves coming up with creative ways to teach children about God and the Bible. She has lived in Fort Thomas since August 2010 with her husband Joe and their three kids (Samantha, Joshua and Amelia who are 17, 16 and 12).

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  • John Hodges-Batzka

    Director of Discipleship

    John is responsible for small group ministries, adult Sunday School support and adult christian education.

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  • Jennifer Heindl


    Jennifer keeps the church's financial records in order. 

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  • Joyce Whitt

    Bluebird Christian Preschool Director

    Joyce is the Director of Bluebird Christian Preschool, which meets Monday-Thursday throughout the school year.

  • Jeff Hanneken


    Jeff keeps our building tidy on a daily basis.

  • Rick Eaglin

    Financial Secretary

    Rick keeps track of the financial giving at Highland Methodist.

  • Claire Derozier

    Administrative Assistant

    Claire Derozier Claire, is Highland Methodist's Administrative Assistant. You can find her in the church office, Monday - Thursday, from 8:30 to 12:00 or email her at office@highlandmethodist.com.

  • Luke farrell

    Contemporary Worship Leader

    Luke Farrell is Contemporary Worship Leader at Highland Methodist's 9:30 Sunday service. With a passion for ministry through music, it's his goal to create new, inclusive, tangible, Christ-centered worship experiences through the Highland Worship team.

  • Scott Beach

    Youth & Young Adult Minister

    Hi, I’m Scott Beach. I’m excited to have fun exploring what it means to help the youth of Highland Methodist follow Christ as teenagers. I grew up in Oklahoma, have a wonderful wife, Sarah, who is in ministry at Westwood UMC in Cincinnati. We have two young children Clifford and Lucy. I am a nerd who enjoys geeking out over board games, Nerf and video games. Get in touch with Scott at youth@highlandmethodist.com