Pastor Nicole Henderson-Johns

Nicole Anne Henderson-Johns has been appointed pastor of Summerside UMC as well as Batavia Faith UMC. She and her husband Chris both attended Methodist Theological School in Ohio, where they met and graduated with their Masters of Divinity degrees. Nicole is a native of Western New York, where her parents still reside. She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, in 2008 with her Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies.

Nicole is passionate about mission, discipleship, and youth ministries. She is always seeking new opportunities for the church to get out into the community and serve the world. By growing and strengthening relationships within our congregations and communities, Nicole strives to make more disciples for Christ. She loves spending time with our youth and children, seeking to grow their love of Christ. 

Nicole and Chris, were married on July 24, 2011, and have welcomed to their family twins Ella and Joseph, and have a big four-legged family including cats Frasier and Lilith, and dogs Buddy and Carter.

Nicole was ordained on June 7, 2016 as an Elder in the United Methodist Church. To contact Pastor Nicole please email her at pastornicole@summersidechurch.org or calling 513.528.3052 ext. 1


children's ministry director: deanna spencer

children's ministry director: deanna spencer

De Anna’s long history of working with children in a church setting began in high school where she taught a Sunday school class of wiggly 3-year-olds.  It was then she found her calling as a Vacation Bible School music leader which ended up totaling well over 25 summers praising the Lord.  De Anna earned her BS degree in Communication and Theater from Miami University in 1981 and has earned over 50 hours of continuing education from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  At SUMC, De Anna taught Sunday school and served as the Children’s Music Leader for many years, producing numerous VBSs, Christmas and Easter programs with the children.  She began her professional career as the SUMC Director of Children’s Ministry in 2014, which includes producing the current children’s ministry program, KFC Corral.  De Anna makes sure the children have plenty of extra God-centered events to look forward to over the course of the year (Valentine Campout, Blessing of the Animals and Summer Family Fair) and she also makes sure the kids have plenty of opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  The newest of these is The Sunbeam Club, a group of children who share the love of Jesus at nursing homes and facilities for older adults by singing and performing.  De Anna also volunteers at a local elementary school helping first graders with their reading skills.  She is blessed with a wonderful husband, Jeff, and three beautiful children.   DeAnna can be reached at deanna@littlechristianreaders.com