Our Leaders & Staff
Reverend David W. Meredith
Pastor David began ministry as pastor of the Clifton United Methodist Church on July 1, 2012. A 1984 graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri, Pastor Meredith served a variety of ministry settings prior to coming to Clifton UMC: Chaplain of Research Medical Center, Kansas City; Associate Pastor at 1st Presbyterian Church in North Kansas City, Oxford United Methodist Church in Oxford, Ohio, and Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church in Indian Hill; Executive Director of Inter Parish Ministry in eastern Hamilton County and western Clermont County; and Senior Pastor of Broad Street United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio.
Pastor David offers leadership on the Board of Directors of the Reconciling Ministry Network in Evanston, Illinois which is working deliberately to bring full-inclusion for lgbtq persons in the United Methodist denomination. Similarly, Rev. Meredith’s experience as Urban Ministry Director of the Ohio River Valley District will expand the congregation’s involvement in its outreach and work for social justice with persons and communities facing the struggles of poverty and race in Cincinnati. Ministry with young adults and college students will continue to grow at the church on the corner of Clifton Avenue and Senator Place as David brings his experiences at Miami University, Capital University, and the Ohio State University to the congregation’s current ministry with the University of Cincinnati and Wesley House. As a former music educator, Pastor David is also really excited to be engaged in the congregation’s vibrant children’s ministry and excellent music and arts endeavors.
Reverend Benji Sayre
Benji has been in full time ministry since 2001. He currently serves at the Wesley Foundation at UC. His previous work includes outdoor education and leadership training at Camp Joy, as well as youth ministry work at Lebanon UMC and Groesbeck UMC.
Benji’s work focuses on connecting the Wesley Foundation to the church, and the church to the university community, primarily through the SERVE team and GROW ministries.
Terri Dell, Parish Nurse
Terri is a graduate of The College of Mount St. Joseph with a bachelor’s of science in nursing. She has nearly three decades of experience in the field, including time with the Cincinnati Health Department and as a staff nurse at Good Samaritan. She appreciates being able to incorporate the spiritual dimension into her health care work.
Luke Wiseman, Music Director –
A lifelong United Methodist, Luke Wiseman graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1997, with a music minor in organ performance and a major in English Literature. He joined Clifton United Methodist’s staff as organist and keyboardist in 2000. His resume includes organist positions at Cincinnati Friends (Quaker) Meeting (Indian Hill, Ohio) and Bayport United Methodist Church (Bayport, New York). He enjoys the classical organ repertoire of Bach and Brahms as well as the works of modern and contemporary composers (Diane Bish, Lani Smith, Gere Hancock, Charles Villiers Stanford, and others). His special interests include music of the UK as well as organ descants and free verse arrangements of familiar hymns. Luke teaches English at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati.
Lorri Phile, Church Business Administrator
Since 2001, Lorri has managed the facility and office. She is responsible for coordinating building use and vendors, doing the church’s finances, and general office administration. She makes the place “hum”.
Jennifer Wells, Children’s Minister
Jennifer has worked professionally with children and families for almost two decades. She is passionate about exploring and nurturing the spiritual lives of children. Her responsibilities include the children’s ministry for infants through sixth grade, and Godly Play lessons for pre-school to elementary aged students. In addition to her responsibilities at Clifton United Methodist, Jennifer is a writer, runner, full-time mother, and director of a program assisting children and adults with disabilities.
Jaime Lutes, Youth Director
Jaime is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts. She has experience teaching creative writing classes all over Cincinnati that include working with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, The Healing Center Cincinnati, and Women Writing For (a) Change. Before coming to Clifton, she was an active member of The Wesley Foundation in Cincinnati for several years.
Her responsibilities include assisting with children’s ministry aide and fostering the spiritual development of pre-teen to teenagers. Her creative background encourages youth to explore their personal and unique feelings regarding faith.
Nick Federinko, Communications Coordinator
Nick is a graduate of Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Ohio Northern University, with a Master of Divinity and undergraduate studies in creative writing, music and youth ministry. He led children’s music and youth discipleship for a Presbyterian church in Findlay, OH. He also designed and taught a summer camp school of rock program in Michigan, offering music to kids of all ages and skill levels.Nick presently plays in countless bands, procrastinates on writing a bestseller, and enjoys the scenery.