Dan Weyand-Geise is in his 17th year as pastor of the First United Church of Christ. Congregants find his openness to all of God’s people to be a blessing and a challenge to traditional experiences of Christian pastors that they sometimes encounter. Dan not only is quite comfortable in ecumenical dialogue and partnerships, he also is prophetic in his call for interfaith cooperation and respect. He moderates an adult-learning class called “Religion Beyond Dogma” that brings together Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Islamic perspectives on a wide-range of topics. He has served as president of the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati, Churches Active in Northside, and Christ's Community in College Hill. Dan's 10 years as a hospital and hospice chaplain were excellent preparation for the pastoral care of the congregation. He and his beloved wife Amy are a blessing to the congregation and to the city. Their four children have literally grown up in the church. As the church has loved the Weyand-Geise family through the years, the relationship between the church and its pastor has been a gift for both. It is exciting and a hopeful future for both to see how God continues to work through Dan and through the church family and the ministry at First UCC.
Tricia Lenhof grew up in Zanesville, Ohio but has lived in the greater Cincinnati area since attending college at the University of Cincinnati. She has been the organist/music director at First Church since 1990. She has a Bachelor’s of Music in Organ Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music and a Master’s in Health Education and Promotion, also from UC. She has worked in the field of corporate fitness since 1993 and is additionally employed by TriHealth Fitness & Health in Blue Ash. She is certified in Group Exercise instruction, Spinning and TRX training. She was married in 1996 (at First Church!) and lives in Covington with her husband Bob and has three step-sons, Rob, Mike and Jake. Tricia enjoys scrapbooking, tap dancing, travelling and any type of live theater/plays/opera/musicals, etc. Her musical talents permit the faithful to worship to the sound of Isaac Watts' "Joy to the World” and Felix Mendelssohn's "Nun danket alle Gott" all the way to Lennon/McCartney's "Let It Be" or Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up". Her talent to the church includes her willingness to be holy silly at church events like our Christmas Party or May Gala in which the women of the church are honored in song and skit. Tricia brings musical skill without being a diva and by setting aside her ego for the greater good.
Kim belongs to Fleming Road United Church of Christ for more than 30 years. Now that she works at First Church, she feels as if she’s come “full-circle” by both attending and working at United Church of Christ congregations. Kim loves music – she sings in her church choir, and does solos, duets, etc. In the summer, while on break from her own choir, she has been a frequent contributor at First Church through the years. She has also taken piano and violin lessons for several years. Kim has a real passion for gems and gemology – she’s learned a lot from the gem shows on QVC -- her favorite place to shop!