Leadership

PASTORS

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JOSHUA REITANO (Church Planter/ Lead Pastor)

Josh and his wife, Paige, moved to Oakley in the spring of 2009 to plant New City. While Paige is a native Cincinnatian, Josh grew up in Columbus. He completed his undergraduate work at Miami University in Mass Communication and joined the staff of CRU upon graduating. He worked to plant a campus ministry at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands before returning to Miami University to complete an M.A. in Comparative Religion. From there, Josh went to Princeton Seminary to complete a Master of Divinity. He worked as an Assistant Pastor at North Cincinnati Community Church in 2004, and remained at NCCC until planting New City. Josh and Paige have two active children: Lucy and Crosley.

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BRIAN FERRY (Executive Pastor/Church Musician)

Brian, Cheryl and their 3 girls: Meka, Eden, & Quinn, came to New City and moved to Oakley at the beginning of 2012. Brian grew up in Cincinnati and married Cheryl when she moved here to work at Kroger headquarters. Brian went to Miami University with Josh, graduating with a B.A. in Speech Communication. He’s served as a pastor of student ministry and church musician for about 15 years, with a short stint at a camp and retreat center. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Studies from Cincinnati Bible Seminary and was ordained a teaching elder in the PCA in November of 2013.

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MIKE PREVITERA (Assistant Pastor/Campus Minister @ Xavier University)

Michael and Melissa and their 3 children (Oliver, Leo, and Margot) came to New City in 2014. He is on staff with the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) Michael grew up in North Canton, OH and graduated from Ashland University as a double major in Theology and Psychology. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2011 and was ordained in 2016. Michael spends most of his days on campus at Xavier University where he drinks a lot of coffee, answers questions (both big and small), and helps the next generation figure out what it means to be apprentices in the way of Jesus. 

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RYAN ZHANG (Pastor for Neighborhood Ministries)

Ryan Zhang moved to the United States from Guangzhou, China at the age of twelve, and attended middle and high school in Fairfield, OH. After receiving a B.A. in Government and American Studies from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., Ryan worked at a law firm in D.C. for three years and became a member of Grace DC (PCA), where he met his wife Abigail. Ryan received his Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2015, worked as a staff member at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, MA and joined the New City team in 2016.

STAFF

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KRISTEN BENNETT (Elementary Director)

Kristen, a native Cincinnatian, now hails from north of the city with her husband, Jess. They manage a Brady Bunch of a busy, blended family and are parents to Rylen, Jess Jr., Colt, Marianne, Hans & Lena. Kristen graduated from Miami University in 1998 with a major in Mass Communication and has most recently worked for a design quality assurance position in the corporate world. Spare time is currently a bit of a foreign thing, but Kristen does manage to squeeze in some reading, jogging, hiking and occasional knitting.

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KRISTIN BOYS (Nursery Director)

Kristin and her husband, Paul, moved to Pleasant Ridge in 2009, just weeks before attending New City’s very first worship service. Since then, Kristin has been involved with various New City leadership teams including Women’s Ministry, community groups, and Missional Motherhood. She’s also been active in NewCity Kids since her oldest was born in 2010, serving as a lead in the infant, toddler, preschool, and kindergarten classes. Before starting her second career as a stay-at-home-mom to their two girls, Kristin worked for 10 years editing nonfiction books.

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JENNI GOODNIGHT(NCK Director of Admin & Club 56)

Jenni was born and raised in Fishers, Indiana. After attending Ball State University, Jenni moved to Cincinnati in 2016 (and has attended New City since) to pursue her dream of working with kids and teenagers. She enjoys spending time at the lake with her family, game nights with her friends, laminating, and being creative.

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JULIE HOLLYDAY(Special Event Childcare Coordinator)

Julie is an Ohio native who lives in Mariemont with her husband, Graham, and their two children, Walter and Theo. She enjoys creating systems, art, meals and friendships. In addition to her work at New City, Julie works part-time with a local mission, and lots more time taking care of the kiddos. Julie will be coordinating paid childcare workers for our non-Sunday events.

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ABIGAIL MURRISH (Director of Communication)

Abby grew up in Bargersville, Ind. and currently lives in Norwood with her husband, Mike and their daughter, Phoebe. Abby attended Purdue University where she studied agricultural communications and was involved with Reformed University Fellowship. Since 2014, Abby has worked as a freelance writer and administrator, helping publications, non-profits and small businesses develop and hone their communications strategies and content. Abby enjoys walking her neighborhood, traveling, reading, and hosting friends, family and neighbors in her home.

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PETE SELF (Facilities Manager)

Pete and his wife Donna are originally from Atlanta, GA and have been married for 35 years.  They currently live in Madeira and have three grown children (all married) and three grandchildren (to date).  Members at New City since 2016, Pete has been a part of ESOL, Keynote team, and Christmas Store. He and Donna both enjoy serving in their Community Group, New City Kids, and various aspects of men's and women's ministries.  Pete retired from Procter and Gamble in 2016, having spent 36 years as an engineer in Research and Development. Years of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and living in older homes has prepared him for the current role of facilities manager (the church building turns 100 in 2022!).  Pete and Donna both love spending time with their family, friends, and faith community - as part of celebrating and growing God's Kingdom.

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AMY SAMAD (Administrative Assistant)

Amy was born and raised in Cincinnati and currently lives in College Hill with her husband Jacob, and their son Jack and daughter Audrey. She graduated from Miami University in 2000 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. After teaching and nannying since college, she is enjoying her new role as a mom. You can often find Amy in the kitchen baking her favorite desserts or acting as Jacob's sous chef.

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JATHNIEL SHEPHERD (Financial Assistant)

Jathniel and her husband Aaron live in Oakley with their three children. She works full time as a mom and part time as the financial assistant for the church. Jathniel has served at New City in various ways since she and her family began attending six years ago, including working in children's ministry, leading community group, and singing on the worship team.

ELDERS

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DAVE DUPEE

Dave has been married to Meg for 36 years, and they are the parents of David and Sarah, and grandparents of David and Alison’s two boys, David and Owen. Dave was CEO of a family staffing business, director of Whiz Kids its first three years, a seminary graduate and served in campus ministry for six years. Dave has helped assist at New City with preaching and in community ministry.

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PHIL HAGEDORN

Phil and Kristen moved to Cincinnati in 2010. They started attending New City in 2013 and have welcomed 2 daughters into their family since then. Phil, a pediatrician, is faculty at Cincinnati Children’s where he cares for patients admitted to the hospital and works with clinical information systems. Phil has joined the New City team in Mazatlan when his schedule allows and Kristen is active in women’s ministry and New City Kids. 

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DAN LARSON

Dan and his wife Becca met at Miami University and were married in 2005. They live in Madeira with their four delightful children (Annabelle, Patrick, Graham, Lydia). Dan grew up in Madeira and has been a member of New City since 2012. He has taught regularly in New City Kids, led community groups, and served a previous term as an elder. Dan works as a tax accountant for a local investment advisory firm.

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JAKE SAMAD

Jake and his wife, Amy, have been married for 16 years; have two kids, Jack and Audrey; and have seen every current major league baseball team play at thier home field. A life-long resident of College Hill, Jake is proud to call Cincinnati home and genuinely loves the city. During the day, Jake is a partner at the Cincinnati law firm, Robbins, Kelly, Patterson & Tucker, where he advises individuals and small business owners regarding personal, business and succession planning.

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DAN SUDLOW

Dan has already served one term as an elder at New City. He is a former pastor, and he and his wife, Diana, have been married for 16 years and are the parents of Henry. After stints in Dallas and Dayton, they’re happy to call Cincinnati home. The Sudlows have enjoyed serving in New City Kids, leading a Community Group and keeping the Sunday morning crowd properly caffeinated as part of the Hospitality team. Dan works in finance at an insurance company and enjoys building forts with Henry, trying to keep up with an old house, and smoking meat on his Big Green Egg.

DEACONS

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JOSH CHERNESKY

Josh has served before as a Deacon at New City. He grew up in Waynesville, Ohio, just a little north of Cincinnati. He and his wife Marianne met at Wheaton College and currently live north of the city in Liberty Township. They have been members of New City since 2014. In his day job, Josh works as a corporate attorney in downtown Dayton. He has served on the hospitality team and helped lead community groups in addition to his previous service as a deacon.

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ERIC DANIELSON

Eric has lived in Cincinnati since 2015 and works as an engineer. He has been walking with the Lord for about 10 years, but has found a home at New City. God has used this to each Eric about His grace in his life, and he trusts that God will also use his service as a deacon to continue to teach him.

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NATE DILL

Nate hails from Cleveland, Oh and now lives in Norwood with his wife Alicia and their young son Roman. He works in supply chain at GE Aviation. Nate has served on the hospitality team, serves in the nursery, and volunteers at our annual Christmas Store.

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TYLER JONES

Tyler grew up in Loveland and after school in Knoxville, TN, and some time in Virginia and New Mexico, he and his wife Amy ended up back in Cincinnati. They now have two boys, Carson and Beckett. New City has been their church home now for 4 years where Tyler has served in a variety of capacities including New City Kids, the sound board, and leading a community group.

JOSH DONATH

Joshua grew up in Syracuse, NY and moved to Cincinnati in 2015. He currently lives in Clifton with his wife Courtney (they met and got married at New City!). During the day he works in residence life at the University of Cincinnati. In his free time he enjoys camping, baking, playing sports, and exploring Cincinnati with friends. Joshua has enjoyed serving with New City Kids (especially as a Lead Teacher for elementary classes) and also as a community group leader..

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KEVIN JOINER

Kevin lives in North Avondale with his wife Samantha (they met at New City and were recently married). During the day Kevin is a software developer, but in his free time enjoys riding BMX bikes and motorcycles. At New City, he's enjoyed serving in New City Kids and participating in community groups.

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MATTHEW JUMPER

Matthew has been married to Katie for 9 years. They have 4 sons ranging from 10 mos to 6 years old that keep them on their toes. They live in Oakley, and really enjoy working toward a loving and neighborly community on their street with a few other believing families. Matthew serves New City currently as a deacon, sound guy, and toddler nursery worker. On week days he dabbles in aircraft engine design as a mechanical engineer at GE.

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AARON KINGSLEY

Aaron Kingsley has lived in Cincinnati since 2004 and currently lives in Norwood with his wife Meggie and their two kids, Jeremiah and Auden. He graduated from Grove City College in 2012 and works for Unilever. Aaron and Meggie love walking the neighborhood and meeting new friends so come say hi!

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MIKE MURRISH

Mike grew up in Troy, MI and currently lives in Norwood not far from the church building with his wife Abby and daughter Phoebe. He studied engineering at Purdue and during the day works as a mechanical engineer at GE Aviation. He enjoys woodworking and working on cars. Mike runs sound for our music team, serves in New City Kids, and he and his wife Abigail serve as a community leader/hosts.

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AARON SHEPHERD

Aaron and his wife Jathniel have attended New City Church since they first moved to Cincinnati eight years ago. They and their three kids live in Oakley and have been blessed by the deep community the neighborhood and the church have brought to their lives. During the day, Aaron works as an attorney at P&G. He serves on the New City worship team, volunteers in New City Kids, helps lead a community group, and previously served as a deacon.

RYAN STRAND

Ryan is originally from Lafayette, Indiana but first came to Cincinnati to attend the UC-College Conservatory of Music. After a 9-year stop in New York City as an actor, he settled back in Cincinnati in 2014 with his wife Becca. Since then, Ryan and Becca have had two girls, Isla and Hattie, and volunteer at New City in New City Kids, as community group leaders and on the music team. Ryan also found a calling as the “bow guy,” almost falling off ladders the past few years hanging the greenery in the sanctuary during Advent. During weekdays, he works at ArtsWave raising money and audiences for Greater Cincinnati’s arts community.

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