Pastor Jonathan Bradner

Jonathan Bradner is the pastor of Nexus Church UCC in Hamilton, Ohio. Pastor Jon earned a certificate in pastoral ministry from Lexington Theological Seminary where he is currently completing a Masters in Divinity. He also received certification in chaplaincy from TriHealth Ministry Education Program at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati.


With a love for animals and music that began in childhood, Pastor Jon has volunteered at several zoos and aquariums and has been a marching band instructor since 2008. He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, serving as a longtime supporter and volunteer for the Ohio Conference UCC camps, and has a passion for hiking.


Pastor Jonathan and his wife, Molly live in Cincinnati with their two rescue dogs, Chewie and Yoda. 

Church Council

Below are some of the amazing people that helps keep the church running.

  • joe kay - associate pastor

    Joe has been a member of Nexus for six years and a UCC licensed minister for the last three. He has served two terms on the covenant council, including as chair. As a licensed minister, he helps with pastoral care, our interfaith activities and our weekly services. He also writes for Sojourners, an interfaith group dedicated to equality, social justice and the environment. Joe grew up in the '60s, believes in peace and grace, and loves the Beatles and Chicago.


  • Tiffany Gehrlich - Council Chair

    Tiffany has attended Nexus for over 5 years. She is the proud mother of triplet boys. She has worked in public service for the past 15 years and is currently the Training and Outreach Coordinator for a section of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. She also serves at Nexus on the fellowship committee. 

  • Wayne Patterson-Moore - Council Member At Large

    Wayne has attended Nexus for about 4 years. He comes from a Baptist upbringing and studied at a Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. He has worked at Mercy Hospital for almost 30 years as a supervisor in the Food and Nutrition Department. He has two children and four grandchildren. He married his husband, Robert, in 2015. In addition to serving on council, he is also involved in the care and connection team and a member of the music team at Nexus. 

  • Rose hurley - Council member, stand-in treasurer

    Rose has been at Nexus for several years and serves in many capacities at the church. She is on the praise team and serves on a few church committees. There are not many areas of our church life that Rose is not involved in!


  • Barb adams - financial secretary

    Barb has been a member of Nexus for two years. She has worked for many years in Human Resources management. She is married, has three children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

  • Paula schrenk sims

    Paula has attended Nexus for six years. She has been a volunteer in many areas throughout her walk with Christ, including helping to clean for the elderly. Paula also hopes to one day go on a mission trip.

additional staff and volunteers


  • J.B. Boothe - Praise team director

    J.B. collaborates with the members of the Praise Team to put together the songs for our Sunday worship. She has been a member of Nexus for a number of years, and her passion for Christ and heart for others is contagious. 

  • emily hills - early explorers leader

    Emily puts together all the thoughtful lessons for the children at church that provide a spiritual foundation for them. We often find, though, that her lessons speak to us all. Fun fact: She is rarely found without a smile on her face. 

  • laura bolling - sound tech and web manager

    Laura has attended Nexus UCC for about two years and helps put together and run the sound system and web site. A native of Middletown and sorted into Gryffindor by the Pottermore Sorting Hat, she is a linguaphile, techie, and all-around nerd. Laura also has a heart for Stewardship, which is God's call to humanity in Genesis to be good stewards over the planet.