We now have a part-time pastor who preaches twice a month (usually the first and third Sunday) and who finds ministers, listed below, to fill the pulpit the other Sundays.
Thomas A. Billman is our part-time pastor. Tom was born and raised in Indiana and comes from a long line of Calvinist Presbyterians. Tom received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Purdue University, and has had a professional career in sales. A member of Covenant Presbyterian Church since 1995, Tom has served as a Ruling Elder for 9 years, 6 of those being Clerk of Session. Tom has completed his Certified Ruling Elder program through the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and been Certified as a Ruling Elder by The Presbytery of Scioto Valley. He accepted an offer to be the part-time pastor at Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, on September 1, 2019 . Tom and his wife, Linda, have 5 adult children and 6 grandchildren, and he enjoys singing with The Harmony project, spending time with his family, gardening, and playing golf.
If you would like to see who has preached at Hoge from 2016 to 2021 see Who's in Our Pulpit
Rev. Dr. Tracy Keenan - Tracy received a BS in Education from Duquesne U., Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary), and Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Theological Seminary. She lends her musical background to ministry at Covenant and provides music and worship leadership for synod, presbytery, and seminary events. At Covenant since 2004, she finds much joy in working with folks here. She is married to Jim Mehler, ordained Presbyterian minister and Parish Associate at Covenant. They have two daughters, Susan and Tori.
Rev. Katie Kinnison. - Katie is in the midst of her life with her children, seminary classes, and life with the community of Covenant. With an M.A. in English and doctoral work in how we make meaning when we read, Katie loves engaging the bible -- especially with other people. A trained Stephen Leader, Katie works with Stephen Ministers at Covenant, and has a passion for spiritual direction. Before coming to Covenant, Katie was Director of Christian Education at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Dublin, OH, for 6 years. As a single mom of three teenage daughters, she knows how much families need support, and Katie works with families in a variety of ministries.
Rev. Keith Jones - Keith lives in Columbus with his wife and three children. He served as Associate Pastor at Lakeside Presbyterian Church and as Head Minister of New Hope Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga Tennessee for six and a half years.
Rev. Charlotte O’Neil is a Teaching Elder member of the Scioto Valley Presbytery. Since her ordination 12 years ago, she has served a number of congregations in this presbytery and beyond as a transitional pastor. Currently Rev. O’Neil is the Campus Minister for UKirk OSU, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at The Ohio State University. She lives in Columbus with her husband John, and has two grown children.
Susan Warrener Smith was Associate Pastor at Indianola Presbyterian Church from 1996-2009 and was made Associate Pastor Emerita in 2011. She received her B.A. in history of art from Boston University, her M.A. in history of art from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in theological and religious studies with a concentration in medieval spirituality from Drew University in Madison, N.J. She was ordained in Newark Presbytery where she served at both the congregational and presbytery level and taught religious studies at Seton Hall University. In the Presbytery of Scioto Valley she has served on Christian education and worship committees, the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, and the Commission on Ministry. Her life in retirement includes grandchildren, gardening, a writers’ group, a book group, serving on the board of the Columbus Torch Club, coordinating a women’s Bible study at Indianola, supply preaching throughout the presbytery, and daily long walks with her beagle.
Joan Bolinger received her BSN from the Ohio State University and worked for many years as a nurse. She graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 2007. She was ordained in the PCUSA after completing residency training at Riverside Methodist Hospital. She worked as a hospital chaplain at the OSU Wexner Medical Center for 6 years before leaving. Since then she have done pulpit supply and serve on the Care Task Team for the Presbytery.
Thomas A. Billman was born and raised in Indiana and comes from a long line of Calvinist Presbyterians. Tom received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Purdue University, and has had a professional career in sales. A member of Covenant Presbyterian Church since 1995, Tom has served as a Ruling Elder for 9 years, 6 of those being Clerk of Session. Tom is currently enrolled in the Certified Ruling Elder program through The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and when completed, he will serve The Presbytery of Scioto Valley as a Commissioned Ruling Elder. Tom and his wife, Linda have 5 adult children and 3 grandchildren, and he enjoys singing with The Harmony Project, spending time with his family, gardening, and playing golf.
Rev. Susan Kroeker studied theology at Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California and has served in urban chaplaincy roles and hospice chaplaincy roles. She loves hiking, traveling and meandering outdoors. She currently lives in the Columbus area with her husband and two children.
Reverend Betsy Rice, Pastor for Member Ministries Betsy graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1986 and earned a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1992. Prior to WPC she served for seven years as Parish Associate for pastoral care at First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak, Michigan. She was a Supply Preacher for the Presbytery of Detroit, for 16 years and for nine years, served as a member or Co-Chair on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry. In her first call, Betsy served as an Associate Pastor at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, Geneva, Illinois for seven years. Her husband is Rev. Tom Rice, and they have two sons—Daniel and Andrew
Jack Petersen - As a child he can remember being Christened in a Presbyterian church in Chicago, prior to the outbreak of World War II. Jack grew up in many churches, including Lutheran and Baptist. He took ministerial training at Xenos Christian Fellowship in Columbus. He was set to be ordained and co-head a church when disaster struck. He then taught classes and/or Sunday school and /or preached in several Columbus Churches including Alliance Church in Westerville, Church of St. Edward, Whitehall and Vineyard Columbus. Jack is presently a member of College Presbyterian Church in Westerville.
Rev. M. Stephen (Steve) Merold) was born in Cumberland , Md., raised in West Virginia and Akron, Ohio, educated at University of Akron and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, served churches in Missouri and Ohio. Is now honorably retired by Presbytery of Scioto Valley and Pastor Emeritus of Outville Presbyterian Church. He is married to Kae, who is pastor of Outville Church. He is father of 5 and grandfather of 11. He spends most of his time visiting 3 children and 9 grandchildren in Toledo, Ohio, providing pastoral services to and volunteering at churches, gardening vegetables and flowers, raising and propagating African violets and doing projects assigned by Kae.
Marion Redding Stenner, a Presbyterian minister, graduated from The College of Wooster in 1975, Princeton Theological Seminary in 1980, was ordained here in Scioto Valley Presbytery, at old Liberty Church in June of 1980. I was indebted to The Rev. Hans Klee for much mentoring during the process. I’ve served churches in Vermont and Ohio, including Springdale, Ohio and Fredericktown, Ohio. I have twin children. Alex is a Public Defender in Florida, with his wife, Crystal, and nine-year-old daughter, Ana. His sister Katrina, who is an early childhood educator, is married to Ryan; they are paragliders, and live in Salt Lake City. And we are now grandparents to three new foster-to-adopt children, Raelyn is just eleven, Shon is almost three, and Lucas is almost six months old. About two years ago I reconnected with a college friend, Lt. Gen. (Ret) Charles E. Stenner, Jr. and we were married at the outset of the Covid-19. Charlie has four grown children and ten grandchildren around the country. I’m grateful for this latest evidence of God’s gracious Providence. We are happily living in Marysville.