Inspired by the description of community we see in Acts 2,
we have core practices which not only express who we are
and what we believe but, as we practice them,
shape who we are and how well we believe.


Core Practices

Ritual and Rhythm of Life
There is comfort and meaning in continually devoting ourselves to simple faithfulness, shaped by scripture, prayer, communion, life together, sabbath keeping—whether we’re feeling it, or not. In our weekly services, our engagement with the community, our daily home life, we’re learning how a commitment to a lifestyle of faithfulness teaches us the faithfulness of God.

Submission to the Process
We’d like to say we’ve arrived. But we’re learning that spiritual, personal, relational growth are an ongoing process, where questions drive us deeper into scripture and the world and deeper into conversation with each other and with God. It’s humbling but it teaches us that God is the one shaping us and he is kind enough to do it a little at a time.

Through stretching ourselves to give our building, our money, our gifts and time—in short, our whole selves—we are learning to trust in God’s abundance. By following the example of giving ourselves away, we’re leaning into Jesus’ example, and trusting his generosity.

We’re discovering that hospitality is a whole way of life, living gratefully even if we don’t feel grateful, even when there is little to share. As we open our building and homes and lives to each other, we’re understanding more deeply the welcome that Christ has extended to us.

When we set out to do God’s work, it’s tempting to set grand goals and expect easy success. We long for each person in our community to know his love and as we work with him in this effort, we learn his patience. Since this work of sharing his love and developing relationships takes time, we commit to it regularly and faithfully. Which brings us back to ritual and rhythm of life...


Core beliefs

Jesus and the authority of scripture are our central beliefs. We love the old quote:

“In essentials, unity, in non-essentials, liberty, and in all things, love.”

As far as we’re concerned, the essentials are all about the identity and meaning of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. In everything else, there is room for dialogue, with each other,
with our culture and with scripture.

And we hope and pray that dialogue, as everything else we do, can be done with love.


Mission Statement

Sharing the Love of Jesus in Uptown Cincinnati.
Developing Lifelong Kingdom Leaders.

Sharing the love of Jesus takes many forms. And as far as we’re concerned, leadership is choosing to share Jesus’ love. We believe that Jesus wants to share his love through many different people in many different places and so we do whatever we can to encourage and equip each community member as they shape what it means to share that love in their home, their work and their life.


Our Staff


Anthony Jones
Associate Pastor

Shannon Sanker
Family Minister


Aaron Hatton
College Pastor


Justine Hatton
College Pastor


Christopher Maier
Arts and Culture Coordinator



Nathan Smith
Associate Pastor

Keaton Neely
Rohs Street Cafe Manager

Jim Cira
Administrative Assistant




Campus Ministry

Students meet to discuss issues of faith every Tuesday night at 7 pm at Rohs St Cafe. Throughout the year we also offer students plenty of opportunities to get involved and meet other students. To learn more, email Aaron Hatton.


Family Ministry

We believe family is one of the best places where hearts belong and spirits grow. So to support families in their important work, we create opportunities for kids and families to grow through Sunday morning programs, mid-week events, and just doing life together. To volunteer with our kids’ programs, or find out more about the ways we serve kids and families, contact Shannon Sanker.


Engagement with the Poor 

UCC seeks to live out Christ's call to care for those in need by partnering with organizations that care for the poor directly and that seek to root-out the causes of systemic poverty. City Gospel Mission, Woven139 and AMOS are just a few of these organizations so whether you are interested in tutoring a student in need, ministering to those caught within human trafficking or engaging in conversations with others regarding social justice we invite you to respond to this call. To learn more email Nathan Smith.



If you or someone you know is sick, had a death in the family, just welcomed a new baby or has another need for meals or support, contact



Guatemala Mission

Our church and cafe have a close relationship with coffee farmers in the Guatemalan village of Santa Maria de Jesus. Several graduates from UCC have worked there long-term and we also take a team each Spring to work with indigenous leaders there. To get involved, email Anthony Jones.


Rohs Street Cafe

Our not-for-profit cafe provides a community space for gathering and supports coffee farmers in Guatemala through our connections with La Armonia Hermosa, a coffee co-op. Want to volunteer? Serve coffee? Help with marketing? Email Keaton Neely.



UCC believes that Sunday morning worship is only part of the picture. Mid-week groups in the forms of Bible studies, prayer groups and Community Meals provide an opportunity for deeper relationships and are open to everyone. These groups are held at various times and locations throughout the city. To receive more information contact Anthony Jones.


Sunday Hospitality and Worship

It takes approximately 15 volunteers to make Sunday services happen at UCC. We have a team of gifted and dedicated artists, ushers, technicians, greeters and coffee servers who all do their part to create a welcoming, worshipful atmosphere. To get involved on Sunday mornings, email Nathan Smith.




Weekly Groups


9:45-10:45am in the office of UCC
Sunday morning Bible Study
For more information contact Anthony Jones.

7pm-8pm in the Sanctuary
Throughout the Summer we will be hosting free yoga classes (bring your own mat) in an effort to experience the connection between our body and spirit. Through this practice our goal is to recognize our own relationship to Christ in his incarnation and in his eternal spirit. For more information
contact Nathan Smith.


8:30-9:30am at Rohs Street Cafe  
Men's Lectio Divina Bible Study
Contact Nathan Smith for more information.


7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Focus - College Gathering
For more info, contact Aaron Hatton.
This group is for college students
but everyone is welcome.


6-7:30pm in Clifton
Women's Bible Study
Each week a group of young women meet to study and discuss the Scriptures using curriculum from
N.T. Wright's For Everyone series.
For more information contact Erin Barker



9:30 am at Rohs Street Cafe
Prayer Gathering
For more info, contact Mandy Smith .
This group is for women only.



7 am at Rohs Street Cafe
Men's Bible study
Click here to contact us for more information.

8-9am at Rohs Street Cafe  
Men's Lectio Divina Bible Study
Contact Jimmy Cira for more information


Monthly Groups


1st Sunday of each month following second service. Join us as we discuss the intersections between faith and justice within our world.  For more information contact Nathan Smith.


IF gatherings vary between weekly and annual, local and national interactions which center around the question, "If God is real... then what?" 

Click here to learn more about IF:GATHERING or contact our administrator for more information. These groups are for women only.


Along with our weekly groups we host discipleship Huddles which meet throughout the year. For more information regarding joining a Huddle or questions about the group contact Mandy Smith.

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community garden

Through the Spring to harvest months UCC is leading an initiative to partner with Hughes High School and UC to plant and maintain community gardens. Within this partnership we will learn the importance of caring for God's creation while building relationship with our neighbors. Along with this an optional study on eco-theology has developed which will be hosted twice a month. For information about getting involved
contact Nathan Smith.

community meals

Throughout the Scriptures we see communities developing and friendships growing over a shared meal. To utilize this wisdom, and to share a meal together, we host Community Meals throughout the school year. Held the second Sunday and fourth Monday of every month UCC members host a meal in their homes for the community to share in fellowship. For more information contact Nathan Smith.