Meet our Staff

Jo Heckinger, Children's Pastor

Jo HeckingerJo is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and has previously served as Children's Pastor at two other Cincinnati-area churches. She also teaches English at Western Hills High School.

Anthony Jones, Associate Pastor

Anthony JonesAnthony was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky and received his BA and M.Div from Cincinnati Christian University. He has been doing ministry at UCC since January of 2009 and loves working with young people. His wife, Chelsea, son, Graham, and he live in Paddock Hills.

Dwayne Ralls, Minister of Facilities

Anthony JonesDwayne (affectionately called Brother Dwayne) is our friendly janitor who makes all feel welcome with his care for both our facilities and community. Since 2010, he is proud to be a story of recovery from addiction and shares his story to bless others in recovery. He has previously served as praise and worship leader at St. Mark Christian Fellowship C.O.G.I.C. and regularly plans outreach and gospel events at Rohs St Cafe. One of Dwayne's many aspirations is to be a writer and he is working on his first book, an autobiography entitled, 'So Sad, It's Funny.' He is currently working on his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies at Cincinnati Christian University.

Mandy Smith, Pastor

Mandy SmithOriginally from Australia, Mandy studied Biblical Studies at Cincinnati Christian University. She is the author of "Making a Mess and Meeting God: Unruly Ideas and Everyday Experiments for Worship" and creator of "The Collect," a city-wide trash-to-art project. She is married to Dr. Jamie Smith, New Testament Professor at Cincinnati Christian University. They, and their two children, live in Price Hill in a little house where the teapot is always warm.

Nathan Smith, Associate Pastor

Anthony JonesNathan graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a concentration in Music and Worship Studies. He leads worship and oversees community engagement at UCC, in partnership with City Gospel Mission where he is also employed as Area Director. He and his wife, Emmy, live in Pleasant Ridge.