Leadership Team

The Zion Leadership Team works cooperatively with the Zion Spiritual Life Team. These two bodies are on equal standing within the church structure.


The Zion Leadership Team is responsible for seeing that our church lives out the Vision of Zion UCC. The guiding questions for this responsibility

  • Is the Vision still relevant?
  • Does the Congregation understand the Vision?
  • Is Zion living the Vision?


Karen Alsip

Leadership Team


Karen was born in Cincinnati and is a graduate of Reading High School.  Karen was a member of Zion growing up and was confirmed here.   She left for awhile, but came back in the 90's and has been an active member since then.  She has served in various capacities such as a Deacon, Elder and President of the Consistory.  She worked with a team to create the new Ministry Team concept and is currently serving on the Search Team for a new Minister.  She participates on the Community Dinner Ministry Team, Hospitality Ministry Team and working on crafts for the Holiday Bazaar.   For downtime Karen likes reading cozy type mysteries, spending time with friends and traveling. 


Angela Farmer

Leadership Team


Angela moved to Cincinnati when she married Gary in 1975.  She just retired from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, giving her more time to spend with grandbabies.  While singing in the Norwood Community Chorus Angela received an invitation from Judy White to sing in the church choir, and that was seven years ago.  Angela also serves on the Worship Team, the Community Dinner Team and the Crafts Team.  She enjoys being with friends and family, going to movies and reading.

Sheri Hursh

Leadership Team


Sheri graduated from Norwood High School and married her High School sweetheart, Rick.  After Rick completed six years in the Navy they returned to Norwood where they raised their three terrific children: Tiffany, Nicholas and Matthew.  Sheri has spent the past 10 years managing customer service teams in the Christian Publishing business as well as works as a certified preparer for H & R Block during tax season.  She feels incredibly blessed to be part of the Zion UCC family and loves being a member of the Chancel Choir as well as volunteering as a Liturgist, serving in the Nursery and helping out with the Sunday Coffee Hour.  Sheri loves reading, gardening, cheering for the FC Cincinnati soccer team and above all else spoiling grandchildren Trey, Alice and Findlay. 

Jen Leighty

Leadership Team


Jen has been attending Zion since 2009 and has lived in the Cincinnati area since 2007. She grew up as a member of David's UCC in Dayton and has always been involved in the church. She currently serves as a member of the Youth Ministry Team; is the Nursery Ministry Team Leader; participates in crafting for the Holiday Bazaar and frequently teaches Sunday School and "plays" with the kids in the Nursery. She is now serving on the Leadership Team (2013) for the first time. Jen, a graduate of Bowling Green State University, is the Training and Services Manager for a small software company in Lebanon, OH. She enjoys sports of all kinds, but you can almost always find her out on the soccer field.

Evelyn Hoffmeister


Evelyn Hoffmeister is a retired schoolteacher. She taught Sixth Grade Social Studies at Deer Park School & retired from there in 1989. She volunteers every other Tuesday at Hoxworth Blood Center on Kenwood Rd. In April she was presented with a plaque for her 2,444 hours of service for helping at the Canteen Station. She has donated 13 gallons of blood at Hoxworth. Eveyln has been an active member of Zion Church since she joined in 1951. Evelyn is currently Co-Chair of Church Women United of Greater Cincinnati. She is also a part of our Stewardship Ministry Team. Her hobbies include reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards, and cheering the Cincinnati Reds on! She enjoys spending time with her daughter, Mary Jo, & son-in-law, Jeff, & her five grandchildren.

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