OUR LEADERS:

Miriam Matteson, choir director, has been a church musician most of her life. The daughter of two pastors, she has been a singer, director, and accompanist in churches in Ohio, Maryland, and Caracas, Venezuela.† She holds a bachelorís degree in French horn from Indiana University and has also studied piano, organ, and voice. She also has a Masterís degree in Library Science from Indiana University and a PhD in Library Science from the University of Maryland and by day she is an assistant professor at Kent State University School of Library and Information Science in their Columbus program.† Click on Miriamsís picture to send her an email.

Hector Garcia, is the organist at Highlands. Originally from Venezuela, he holds a Masterís degree in piano from Indiana University.  Prior to moving to the United States, he was the organist at the United Christian Church in Caracas, Venezuela. Most recently, Hector performed a series of concerts at Highlands featuring twelve Beethoven sonatas. Selections from those recitals can be found here. Miriam and Hector have two children, both future choir members.Click on Hectorís picture to send him an email.

The Rev. Ronald Botts, pastor, has served congregations in Columbus, Marysville, Chillicothe, Delaware, and Mt. Vernon. He is a graduate of Otterbein College and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Rev. Botts also has standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is enrolled as a clergy member of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley. In addition to parish ministry he has served on the staff of the Ohio Council of Churches and as director of several non-profit organizations. Ron and his wife, Toni, live in Eastmoor in a home dominated by three very-demanding cats.† Click on the pastors picture to send him an email.

Brenda Wilson, our Childrenís  Ministry Director, lives in Delaware with her husband and has two grown daughters.† She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.A. in English, and later received an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 13 years she worked as a children's librarian and a reference librarian. Her family was active for many years at First Presbyterian Church in Delaware, where she was ordained as an Elder and served on the Christian Education, Worship & Music, Fellowship, Stewardship, and Library committees, and sang in the Chancel Choir.† In 2002, she was hired as the Director of Christian Education, a position she held until 2011.† Brenda has been a volunteer for the Presbytery of Scioto Valley, serving on several committees, leading workshops, helping plan events and commissioner to the General Assembly in 2009.

Pat Henneforth, administrative assistant, moved to Columbus in November, 2012, from northeastern Pennsylvania. She worked for 18 years as Student Success Advocate, Director of Tutoring, Parent Liaison, and dance aerobics instructor at a small liberal arts college. She has an AA in Business Administration and a BA in Communications.