About Knox Church

The Staff of Knox Church

Adam Fronczek

Adam Fronczek, Pastor

Adam Fronczek is Knox Church's 16th Pastor after his installation service on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Prior to his appointment at Knox, Adam served for eight years as Associate Pastor for Adult Education and Worship at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. He is a graduate of Wabash College, received his Masters in Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School, has a strong background in music and the arts, and was also a member of the Wabash College Glee Club. While Adam's preaching and administrative responsibilities are significant, he feels most strongly called in the midst of opportunities for person-to-person ministry. He is very passionate and committed to pastoral care and counseling to the people of Knox.

Learn more about Adam here!

Jana Reister

Jana Reister, Associate Pastor

Jana Rae Reister joined Knox as our Associate Pastor in 2009. She received her degree in psychology and sociology from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 1988. She moved to Seattle where she worked in the financial industry from 1991 to 1996 before joining the US Peace Corps and serving as a volunteer in Uganda for two years. While there, Jana built relationships with farmers and small business owners, both men and women, working to increase their crop yields, business skills and overall incomes. She also became involved in a local worshiping community and organized a fundraising effort with her church, friends, and family in the US to help construct a church for the Ugandan congregation. Following the Peace Corps, Jana returned to Seattle and joined the staff of Professional Women's Fellowship, a marketplace ministry to women in the workplace. Jana entered Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) in July of 2003 and received her Masters of Divinity in May of 2006. PTS awarded her the Bryant M. Kirkland Price for Excellence in Practical Theology and the Graduate Study Fellowship for Parish Pulpit Ministry. The fellowship allowed Jana to travel to Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and Belize where, over the course of seven months, she lived with local families, studied culture and the Spanish language, traveled throughout each country, volunteered, and participated in mission trips. After returning to the US, she was called to First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she served for two years an an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament as part of the Lilly Endowment Pastoral Residency program.

David Annett

David Annett, Director of Youth Ministries and
Fresh Spirit Worship

David Annett serves Knox as Director of Youth Ministries and Fresh Spirit Worship. He began his work in Youth ministry at Montgomery Presbyterian Church in 2002 before coming to work at Knox. David provides both a personal connection with Knox, having grown up here, and an infectious enthusiasm for the life of the church and the youth's part in it.

David and his wife Kristen live in Hyde Park with their three children, Jacob, Lily and Annabelle. He looks forward to watching them grow up at Knox and attend the youth program one day! You may find him running around the neighborhood, finding the latest and greatest music, and dabbling in anything technological. He conquered the 2014 New York City Marathon and runs his own media production company called STONE BRIDGE MEDIA.

Jan Annett

Jan Annett, Director of Stephen Ministry

Jan Annett is Knox’s Stephen Ministry Director providing confidential listening and support to members facing illness, grief, unemployment, divorce, and other life challenges.


After graduating from Wittenburg University, Jan came to Cincinnati with husband Larry. They began attending Knox in 1976, as a young married couple, hoping to start a family and find a church home. They found that home and raised their children, David and Liz, within it. Jan is now a proud grandma of five: Jacob, Lily, Annabelle, Eldrich, and George. She loves to knit, watch classic movies, and walk. After 40 years in the work force helping children with learning disabilities, Jan retired in 2012 to enjoy as much time as possible with her grandchildren.

Charlie Curtis

Charles Curtis, Director of Fresh Spirit Music

Charles Curtis directs the Fresh Spirit worship service music, which includes working with Knox pastors, communications staff, liturgy team, and musicians to present contemporary and traditional music to enhance the message and worship experience for the congregation.

Charles "Charlie" lives with his wife of 35 years, Beth, in Loveland, Ohio. They have a son and daughter who are grown and living outside of their home. Charlie and Beth have been members at Knox for over 25 years; Beth sings with the Knox Choir and Fresh Spirit band. He spends time volunteering for Milford Schools, occasionally running and playing tennis. Traveling is also at the top of his list, spending a few weeks every year in Hilton Head, SC. While it's obvious that Charlie has a love of music, his degree from the College Conservatory of Music won't surprise you, but his MBA in Finance and joy in tax planning might.

Dee Decker Huey

Dee Decker Huey, Director of Christian Education

Dee serves as the Director of Christian Education at Knox. She is a native of Louisville, KY and graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.A. in Communications. Dee served in the United States Air Force and had a career in the real estate industry before entering ministry in 2005. Dee will complete her studies toward a Master of Divinity at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in August, 2015. Dee and her partner, Abbigail Long, have four children: Payton, Lillian, Henry, and Hannah.

Dee brings with her ten years of previous ministry experience in Christian Education from the non-denominational and Methodist faith traditions. She is passionate about faith formation and loves to journey with others in discovering the nature, character, and unfailing love of God. Dee believes there is nothing that can ever separate us from God’s love and as God’s beloved children we are to show and share God’s love to all of creation.

Tara Drummond

Tara Drummond, Children's Choir Director

Tara, a Greater Cincinnatian, comes to direct the Covenant Choir from thirty-plus years experience in education. In that time she has taught children from preK through high school. Most of Tara’s teaching has been as a music specialist in the general music classroom. Additionally, she has been an elementary school counselor, principal and middle and high school choir director. Tara was elected as District Choral Chair, President and Kentucky State Elementary Chair for KMEA with 25 years of service.

A mezzo soprano, Tara sang with the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus for over 20 years. For many of those years she also sang in the MFC Chamber Choir. Tara lives in rural Campbell County Kentucky with her husband and their springer spaniel.

Tara is excited to share the joy of singing with the Covenant Choir singers. If you will be entering grades 4-6 this fall, come join us! We rehearse each Sunday from 10:15am – 10:55am.

Marie George and Laura Johnson

Marie George and Laura Johnson, Preschool Co-Directors

Marie George and Laura Johnson are the co-directors of Knox Preschool. Marie has her degree in early childhood education and over 20 years of teaching experience. She taught at Knox as a lead teacher for over 10 years and is now the director of curriculum and education. Laura has over 12 years of management experience and holds a CDA in child development and is the administrative director responsible for tuition and registration.

Christina Haan

Dr. Christina Haan, Organist

A native of Oregon, Christina Haan now makes her home in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has an extensive background in opera and music theatre. Her professional engagements have taken her to venues such as England, France, Italy, Austria, and New York City. Dr. Haan is in great demand as a coach/accompanist and chamber musician, and has been featured many times with professional groups such as Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the VAE choral ensemble. In her position as organist at Knox Presbyterian Church, Dr. Haan frequently performs major choral works and organ concertos. She is a coach/accompanist at The Ohio State University, and at Miami University of Ohio, and is on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Dr. Haan serves as Dean of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Renche Le Roux

Renche Le Roux, Finance Manager

A native of South Africa, Renche received her Bachelor of Commerce degree and Diploma in Accountancy from the University of Natal in Durban and she was certified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982. Renche received an Advanced Tax Certificate from the University of South Africa and qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in the USA in 1998. She was employed by Deloitte and Touche in Johannesburg. In addition to serving at Knox, Renche serves as Treasurer for St. Paul United Methodist Church in Madeira. She and her husband Andre reside in Madeira.

Madeleine Ludlow

Madeleine Ludlow, Director of Administration

Madeleine is a senior executive with over 30 years experience. She has co-founded a company, served as chief executive of a high growth start up, served as a senior officer of a Fortune 200 company and has vast experience in investment banking. During her career, she has been actively involved in numerous M&A transactions and private placements, serving as principal and as agent.Most recently, Madeleine was Founder and Principal of LudlowWard Capital Partners, serving privately-held middle market companies in a wide variety of financial services. She also served as Chairman and CEO of Cadence Networks, Inc., a venture-backed, energy management company initially launched and funded electric utility companies. Prior to joining Cadence, Madeleine was Vice President and Chief Financial officer of Cinergy Corp, a public utility in Cincinnati. She also served as VP of Enterprise Corporate Development at PSEG and spent nine years as a Principal in the investment banking department of Morgan Stanley.

Madeleine holds an M.B.A. from The Darden School, University of Virginia and as well as a BA from the University of Virginia. She currently serves on the Board of ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE:ALE) and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Darden Foundation at the University of Virginia and former member of the Board of Trustees of Cincinnati Country Day School.

Buttons Overstreet

Buttons Overstreet, Custodian / Maintenance

“Buttons” Overstreet has been Knox’s part-time Sunday custodian since 2000. He is a regular fixture on Sunday mornings at the church, making sure the church is open and accessible to all worshipers at Knox’s two worship services. He can be found doing everything from giving directions to visitors to shoveling the church’s sidewalks in the winter.



Earl Rivers

Dr. Earl Rivers, Director of Music

Dr. Earl Rivers, Director of Music at Knox since 1974, is also the DIRECTOR OF CHORAL STUDIES at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. From 1988-2008 he was Music Director and Conductor of Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble, a professional chamber choir. In spring 2016 he conducted the Knox Choir in Haydn and Mozart Missa Breves in Florence, Italy, and gave coachings, lectures and masterclasses in Shanghai, China. Recent guest conducting includes the Mozart Requiem in Vienna; J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor with South Korea’s Chang Won City Chorale and Orchestra; the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece; Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Mass with South Korea's Inchon City Chorale; Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and John Rutter’s Requiem in Carnegie Hall; and a residency and concerts at the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China. He served as Artistic Director USA for the World Choir Games Cincinnati 2012. In June 2017 he will conduct South Korea’s Suwon Civic Chorale and Orchestra and present masterclasses and teach conducting in Seoul. He has received Choral America’s Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Choral Art, honoring a lifetime of significant contributions to the professional choral art, and Chorus America’s Director Laureate Award, an honorary title recognizing an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and has had significant impact on the choral field.

Learn More About Earl Rivers here.

Rob Templeman

Rob Templeman, Facilities Manager and Director of IT

As Facilities Manager, Rob monitors and enhances the safety, functionality, and cleanliness of the Knox building and grounds. His day-to-day responsibilities range from stocking office and cleaning supplies to supervising Knox’s two custodians and three evening Welcome Desk security workers. As Knox’s IT Manager, Rob troubleshoots the staff’s computing hardware and software problems, he supports audio-visual setups, and works toward improving the overall IT infrastructure.

Rob grew up in Medinah, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He attended Northwestern University (NU) where he received a BS in Industrial Engineering (1985). While at NU, he spent a year abroad studying in Spain at the Universidad Compultense de Madrid. Before attending graduate school, Rob joined the Peace Corp and worked in Paraguay in the field of Public Health and Sanitation. Following his Peace Corp stint, Rob traveled extensively throughout South America. He received his Master of Music in Musicology, specializing in Ethnomusicology, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). While at UIUC, Rob conducted thesis and doctoral dissertation fieldwork in Bolivia, as recipient of several, prestigious grants, including the Fulbright (IIE), a doctoral grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and fellowships at the master’s and doctoral levels from the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) and the Tinker Foundation. He speaks Spanish fluently, and also speaks limited Quechua and Guaraní (Native American languages of South America).

Rob and his wife, Debra, moved to Cincinnati in the summer of 1997 when Rob was hired onto the musicology faculty of CCM. At CCM, Rob taught world music and twentieth-century music as a full-time professor for six years. Currently he teaches courses in World Music and American Popular Music at Xavier University as an adjunct professor in the Music Department. Until recently, one could find Rob welcoming people to Knox as one of the church’s part-time evening desk workers. Having spent years unlocking and locking the building, Rob knows many of the hidden nooks and crannies of Knox.

Rob’s work for his father’s electrical construction contracting company, along with his background in engineering, provide him with extensive knowledge of the workings of a large facility such as Knox. His engineering degree, along with his love of “popping the hood” on anything electronic, makes him the perfect fit to oversee the IT needs of the church.

Rob and Debra live in the Western Hills of Cincinnati. They have a dog (Chispa) and a cat (Figaro). Rob enjoys playing acoustic guitar in the Fresh Spirit band on Sunday mornings. Besides acoustic guitar, Rob plays electric guitar and several instruments (e.g., mbiras, karimbas, and panpipes) from sub-Saharan Africa and South America.

Pam Ward

Pam Ward, Faith Community Nurse

Pam Ward, R.N. is Knox's Faith Community Nurse and brings over 27 years of diverse nursing experience. Pam’s nursing career has included the practice of neonatal, maternal, pediatric, psychiatric and geriatric nursing, at well-esteemed institutions, including the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Stanford University Medical Center, Langley-Porter Psychiatric Institute at U.C.S.F., and The Children’s Home of Cincinnati. Pam is a native of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and resides in Hyde Park with her husband Tom. They have two daughters, Casey and Anna Marie.

Glenn Williams

Glenn Williams, Director of Communications

Glenn serves as Knox’s communications leader, or as he calls it, “chief story teller.” His job is to make sure all of the many Knox events and ministries are actively promoted both within and outside of the Knox community so that all are aware of the abundant and life-transforming opportunities Knox offers. He is the voice of Knox to the Cincinnati community.

Glenn joined Knox in the summer of 2015 after a 25-year career in marketing and communications at Procter & Gamble. He’s also worked in the advertising industry as a creative director, and started his career as a reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Glenn lives in Cold Spring, Kentucky with his wife, Elaine. He and Elaine have two adult children and five grandchildren, as well as an always-changing menagerie of pets. He’s an avid reader of fiction, history and natural sciences, a collector of watches (a few of which actually work), and enjoys all kinds of music.

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