KHPC Staff

The Staff of Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church

Rev. Dr. Ebenezer Narh Yebuah--Pastor

Rev. Dr. Ebenezer Narh Yebuah was born in Ghana and was ordained as a minister in Ghana before coming to the United States.  In the US, he earned his Master’s Degree in Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, and a Ph.D. in Religion and Psychological Studies from  the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado.  

Before answering the call to KHPC, Ebenezer served as the Director of Christian Education at Peoples Presbyterian Church in Denver (2000-June, 2014), while also serving as an interim pastor.  As a part of his work in Denver, Ebenezer led several mission trips to Ghana.  He says, “Cross”-cultural relationships are so important in expanding the worldview of Christians.” About his core values as a pastor, Ebenezer says ,”I derive my core values for ministry from Jesus’ teaching on the Great Commandment (Luke 10:

27), the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 19-20) and the principle of servant leadership (John 13: 1-14). I strive to encourage and inspire congregation members to maintain personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I take spiritual disciplines including Bible studies, prayer and meditation very seriously. Pastoral presence, caring, visitation and friendship are essential to my pastoral work.

Ebenezer and his wife Rejoice have been married since 1989.  They have two sons—Ebenezer (EB) and Mawukle—and a daughter Nan.

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Janet Langhorst - Director of Music

Janet Langhorst has been the Director of Music Ministries at Kennedy Heights for 23 years; she oversees a cradle-to-grave music ministry that actively seeks to use the talents and gifts of all. She directs four ensembles -- two singing choirs and two bell choirs.

Each member of Janet's family is a performing artist. Her husband, Gary, is a jazz and commercial free-lance bass trombone player and a music teacher, who also directs the Kennedy Heights brass choir. Her daughter, Abby, a graduate student in percussion performance at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, has played for the Tanglewood Summer Festival and at the Montreat Worship and Music Conferences on several occasions. Her son, Ben, is a drama major, studying at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, a part of the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University. He has presented original dramatic pieces for worship and substituted as church organist on several occasions. Abby and Ben actively participate in the church's music and worship life.

In addition to her church duties, Janet offers private voice and piano instructions in her home studio. She has been a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) for 25 years. For the Indian Hill School District's music department, Janet substitute teaches and plays accompaniment for solos, groups and the high-school musicals. Janet also provides musical direction and accompaniment for various theatrical productions through the Cincinnati Actors Studio.  She also works with people with Parkinson's Disease, playing for the weekly dance classes (taught in part by the KHPC Liturgical Dance Director Mary Kamp)  and directing the Steady Strides Singers, a choir for people with Parkinson's Disease. 

In the wider church, Janet has chaired the Cincinnati Presbytery's Theology and Worship Committee, as well as the Presbytery Meeting Mission Team. Active in the PC(USA) Multicultural Network, Janet has presented workshops on multicultural worship at national conferences in New York City, Dallas, Houston and Durham, NC. Janet is a member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) and annually attends the Worship and Music Conferences held in Montreat, NC.

In her free time, Janet enjoys spending time with her family, music, reading, knitting and travel.

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Hyeeun Suh- Organist/Pianist

Hyeeun was born in Seoul, South Korea, and received her bachelor's degree in piano performance from Oberlin College.  She is currently working on her doctorate in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).  Hyeeun is also on the staff of the Starling Orchestra in the CCM Preparatory Department.  

Cecelia "Cel" Bellman - Caring Place Director

The Caring Place ministry serves local residents with emergency food needs, clothing, and other items for children and adults all through the year. Area churches and residents support this ministry with generous offerings of money and time and collections of items that families need during the year, including school supplies. A Benefit Bank program to match individuals with available services is also part of The Caring Place ministry. Cel is widely known as an advocate for people in need.