Our Leaders

Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.

Matthew 20:26

We all follow and we all lead. This is the life of discipleship into which Jesus invited his followers . Here at Prince of Peace we believe that everyone is simultaneously a follower of Jesus and a leader within the Kingdom of God. Below are just a few of the strong and passionate leaders God has called to serve through Prince of Peace.

Pastor Jonathan Eilert

Lead Pastor
Pastor Jonathan graduated from Wittenberg University with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology. He received his Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. He served as Pastor of St. Peter in Wooster and Associate Pastor at Christ the Redeemer in Brecksville. He began his ministry with us in 2006 and has provided leadership and vision to the growing POP community. He and his wife Suzanne have three children.

Pastor Lorne Hlad

While serving in Iraq, Lorne's heart was captured by the gospel and set him on a path of service to God. Lorne’s call to ministry and gifts for sharing the gospel grew while finishing up college at The Ohio State University and working at Jacob’s Porch Campus Ministry. After college, Lorne attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio where he earned a Master of Divinity with a concentration on leadership. Lorne also serves as the chair of The Haitian Timoun Foundation and is a Doctor of Ministry student at Emory University. Lorne and his wife, Becca, have two beautiful kids.

Kim Peterson

Intern Pastor
Intern Pastor Kim Peterson loves coffee, travel, and Jesus, although not in that order. A former middle school Latin teacher and current student at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, she will serve at POP until May 2019. Kim believes God calls us to be co-creators of a world that reflects God’s radical love for all people, and has a particular interest in mission, leadership development, and biblical studies.

Karen Skarda

Director of Ministry
Karen has been a member at Prince of Peace since 2003, when she and her husband, Steve, moved here from Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. After a long career at Procter & Gamble, she became our Director of Ministry. Karen also teaches ZUMBA fitness classes each week here at church. She and her husband have three children.

Mary Ellen Helms

Director of Youth & Family Ministry
Relationships matter to Mary Ellen. As Director of Youth and Family Mission, one of her main joys is strengthening students’ relationships with adults who care about them, other students, and our God who overflows with love for them. Mary Ellen’s family joined Prince of Peace in 1997 and since then, she enjoyed growing up here, completing Catechism, volunteering at VBS and spending weekends with youth group. She has her B.A. in Theology from Xavier University.

Toby Lyke

Director of Music
Toby attended Oral Roberts University with a degree in Trumpet Performance. He moved to Cincinnati to attend UC's College Conservatory of Music pursuing a Masters of Music. Toby teaches private trumpet students, runs a desktop music publishing business and plays drums for “Planet Groove” and the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. He also teaches The History of Rock at the College of Mt. St. Joseph. He and his wife Treva have three children.

Donna Bednar

Parish Administrator
Donna and her husband David joined Prince of Peace in 1999, and volunteered as a Stephen Minister, Financial Secretary, Solomon Program Director, and discretionary fund manager. In Spring, 2013, she joined the staff and currently serves as the Parish Administrator. A graduate of the University of Akron, her professional career included retailing and property management. She and her husband have two daughters and one grandchild.

Sue McIlvoy

Business Manager
Sue, her husband Tom, and their daughter, Stephanie, have been members of Prince of Peace since 1997. Originally from St. Louis, they have lived in six states. Sue loves working with people and has volunteered in a wide range of organizations in Loveland. She has an MBA which helps her as business manager to organize and to operate the church’s facilities in an effective and efficient manner.

Deb Heuer

Adult Choir Director
Deb and husband, Dave Bowers, joined Prince of Peace in 1998. She conducts the Adult Choir and researches music for hymn selection. She began her career as a Christian Education Coordinator in a Lutheran church and has been a member of the May Festival Chorus for over 20 years. Deb volunteers her time to do liturgical art for the chancel. She enjoys gardening, reading, making jewelry and playing with her three dogs.

Robin Stevenson

Children's Choir Director
Robin joined POP in 1997 and joined the staff in 1999. Her responsibilities include Cherub Choir, Joyful Noise, YouthFest Singers, Cheerful Chimes, Teentinnabulation and Bells of Grace. She is a member of Bells of Peace and the Adult Choir and serves as a cantor, altar care, VBS music, music for MOPS and as Music Specialist for POP Kids School. Robin teaches after-school Latin Clubs in Mason and Loveland. She shares her passion for the subject with her daughter, Tori.

Kathy Shucktis

Accounting & HR Assistant
Kathy has been a member of Prince of Peace since 2004. Her career spans over 25 years in service as a secretarial/administrative assistant. She is married to Bernie and has three children, Missy, Becky and Kevin and two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Adam. Kathy attended Thomas More College, working on a degree in Computer Science. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys playing golf, hiking and traveling to national parks.

Jo Ellen Owens

Administrative Assistant & Worship Publications Editor
Jo Ellen and her husband, Micah, have been members of Prince of Peace since 2009. They have two children, Riley and Sarah. She is currently serving as our Financial Administrative Assistant and Worship Publications Editor. As a member of POP, she volunteers for altar care, youth functions, and ushers.

Suzanne Eilert

Graphics Publications Designer
Suzanne uses her creative talents to design publications, both print and digital, for Prince of Peace. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she obtained a degree in education. She and her family moved to Loveland when her husband, Pastor Jonathan, accepted a call to be lead Pastor at Prince of Peace. Suzanne is also a teacher at POP Kids School. She and Pastor Jonathan have three children.

Church Council Leaders & Executive Board

(April 2018 – March 2019)

President:  Karen Vance
Vice President: Neil Frank
Secretary & Treasurer:  Tom Ritter
Recording Secretary: Lisa Kellar

Ministries Board & Team Leaders

(April 2018 – March 2019)

Property Team:  Jerry Draeger
Youth Team:  Tania Cronin
Kids Team:  Sara Harris
Events Team:  Judi Alemagno
Care Team: Linda Paduk
Worship Team:  Duane (Dewey) Kuhn
Welcome Team:  Laura Moore
Media Team: Ashley Harriman
Community & Global Ministry:  Julie Skare

Contact the church office at 513-683-4244 if you have any questions.