Pastors & Staff

Rev. John W. Bowling

Senior Pastor

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

John Hodges-Batzka

Director of Discipleship

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

Rachel Dickman

Treasurer and Administrative Assistant

Rachel keeps the church's financial records in order and supports the ministry staff as the administrative assistant for the church.

Hilary Dungan

Children's Ministry Director

Hilary is Highland United Methodist Church's new Children’s Ministry Director! Hilary has helped frequent children’s ministry volunteer and has most recently served as a teacher at Bluebird Christian Preschool for the past twelve years. Hilary and her husband Scott have two daughters, Riley and Paige and live in Fort Thomas. 

Chris Pinelo

Contemporary Worship Leader

A lifelong member of HUMC, Chris is a professional musician responsible for programming and leading music at the 9:30 Sunday service. He is also a professional communicator, strategist and storyteller, and lives in Fort Thomas with his wife Tasha and three children (Lincoln, Josie and Alex).  @chrispinelo

Cyndy Jones


A Ft. Thomas native, Cyndy brings her experience of thirty-three years of public school education and seven years at Bluebird. She and her husband Dan are active members at Highland Methodist and she feels blessed to have this opportunity to lead Bluebird Christian Preschool.  

Andrea Kaufhold

Director of Choirs

Andrea is the choir director at Highland United Methodist Church. Originally from Hamilton, Ohio,  Andrea went to Bowling Green State University for Music Education. In addition to acting as our director of choirs, Andrea is the full-time choir teacher at Pleasant Run Middle School. You are always welcome to join Andrea and the choir on Wednesday nights for practice!

Rhonda Hanneken

Financial Secretary

Rhonda lives in Southgate with her husband Jeff. In addition to working with us, she has many hobbies, but her favorite one is hanging out with their 8 grandchildren.

Terrie Benjamin


Terrie Benjamin is Highland United Methodist Church's organist/accompanist. Terrie received a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from UK and a Master of Music from the University of Illinois School of Music. She has served churches in Lexington, Ky., New Rochelle, NY and Cincinnati. Terrie lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Lenny, and is a mother of three and grandmother of four.

Jeff Hanneken


Jeff helps to keep our campus clean and tidy throughout the week.