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Xenia United Presbyterian Church - History

Rev. Kevin Murphy (2018 - Present)

Reverend Kevin MurphyReverend Kevin Murphy is a life-long Presbyterian.  I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t involved in the Presbyterian church.  After high school I studied speech and theater at Morehead State University and started my career working in technical theater.  There I met Mary, my wife of 34 years and the love of my life.  Once we were married and had our first son, Michael, I heard God’s call to the ministry and attended Union Theological Seminary in Richmond Virginia.  Upon graduation and ordination in 1989, I was called to Colonial Heights PC in Kingsport Tennessee, where our second son, Jack was born.   After three years as their associate pastor, I once again returned to the Cincinnati area to work in the theater.  I also took a part-time pastorate in New Richmond Ohio.  That’s when our third son, William was born.  Since that time I’ve served churches throughout the Presbytery of Cincinnati as Stated Supply and Interim Pastor and in 2009 accepted the call to pastor Northwest Community Church where I most recently served.

In the midst of God’s creation, my family loves the beach, sailing our 16' Hobie Cat, bicycling and getting together with our friends and families.  I enjoy photography, woodworking and tending to my small farm in near Warsaw Kentucky.

As far as church goes, I love worship.  I especially like music – all kinds.  And I get a kick out of doing special things in worship; theater, dance, visual art – whatever gifts God gives us to share in prayer and praise.  I enjoy teaching and being with others as we explore the meaning of our faith.  And of course, “faith without works is dead” which leads me to be involved in hands-on mission, especially those where I can put my carpentry skills to use, such as PDA.  Finally, preaching... one of my greatest challenges and deepest pleasures in life.

Rev. Kelley Wehmeyer Shin (2010-2018)

Rev Kelley ShinReverend Kelley Wehmeyer Shin is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.  

She was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1987 and has served Memorial since February 2010.  She has also served congregations in California, Illinois, New Mexico, Florida and Nevada.  She is a member of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley where she serves on the Staff Support Committee.  

Kelley and her husband, Kent, have three children:  Darren, Matthew and Rosemary. Kent, a violinist and golfer, is a retired United States Air Force officer and is employed in the Defense Industry.  Darren is an actor and singer living in Los Angeles.  Matthew is a student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music studying cello performance. Rosemary is a Senior at Centerville High School and dances at the Dayton Ballet School. Kelley and her family live in Centerville, Ohio.

She enjoys bird watching, walking her dog, reading, and the camaraderie of fellow clergy.

Rev. Shin recently was quoted as saying, “My faith practice and ministry are rooted in the deep love and grace of Jesus Christ.  In the community of God’s people I find hope and joy in our common calling as disciples. This community of joy and grace is open to all!  In the shelter of God’s love, I find home.

Rev. Wayne McLaughlin (2007-2010)

In November 2007, Pastor Wayne McLaughlin began his ministry as Memorial′s new Interim Pastor.

Rev. Matthew T. Means (2005-2008)

From 2005-2008, the Rev. Matthew T. Means served as associate pastor. His primary area of responsibilities were youth, young adult, and family ministries, along with a full range of pastor duties. At the same time, the church hired long-time church member, Maureen Clark (2005-2008), to serve as Coordinator of Programs and Children′s Ministries.

Rev. Conley A. Zomermaand, Ph.D. (2002-2007)

Rev. Conley ZomermaandIn June 2002, the Pastoral Nominating Committee recommended that the congregation call the Rev. Conley A. Zomermaand, Ph.D., to serve as the church′s next pastor. Pastor Zomermaand accepted the call and began serving on September 1, 2002 as Memorial United Presbyterian Church′s second pastor. Pastor Zomermaand left his positon in June 2007.

Rev. David Fleming (2000-2002)

Rev David Fleming

Reverend David Fleming is a native of New Castle, Indiana and holds degrees from Butler University, McCormick Theological Seminary and The Ohio State University.  He has served congregations in Indiana and Ohio both as a Called and Interim Pastor.  

He served Memorial as Interim Pastor (2000-2002) following the retirement of Rev. Thomas Martin while a search for a permanent pastor was being undertaken. 

Additionally, Rev. Fleming has been Associate Executive of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley and a Chaplain  in the United States Army Reserve retiring as a full Colonel.  He has also filled positions as Moderator of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley and in volunteer and officer positions with the Pastoral Counseling Center of Miami Valley Hospital, Tecumseh Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary Clubs, Arts Council, Mental Health Association, and American Red Cross.  

He has been Chairman of the Board at Kirkmont Camp and Conference Center plus the Geneva Conference Center.  Nationally, he chaired the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel.  He and wife, Joan, live in Beavercreek, Ohio and are parents of three children.

Rev. Thomas B. Martin, D.Min. (1978-2000)

Rev Tom MartinThe Rev. Dr. Thomas B. Martin was born in Brooklyn, New York and reared in Syracuse, New York.  He is as graduate of Syracuse University, McCormick Theological Seminary, and the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University where he received a Doctor of Ministry degree.  Tom served for more than thirty-eight years in the United State Army as a line officer and a Chaplain.  His final assignment was as State Chaplain, Ohio Army National Guard.  He retired as a Colonel.

He has served churches in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Xenia, Ohio.  At his retirement from Memorial in 2000 he was honored by being designated Pastor Emeritus.  In the photograph, Tom is wearing the robe and stole presented to him upon his retirement.  Following his retirement he served eight Ohio churches as an interim pastor.  While a member of Xenia, Ohio Rotary Club he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. Tom and his wife Betty make their home in Powell, Ohio.  They have three children and four grandchildren.  

During his ministry at Memorial,  Tom enjoyed many highlights including burning of the mortgage eight years early, developed Hunger and Disaster Aid Programs and the Interfaith Hospitality Network for the community, establishment of the Memorial Pre-School, strong General Mission giving, annual Youth Mission Trips, and support of two volunteer mission couples at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska.  He recently reported that he is “grateful to God for the opportunity to serve the Memorial congregation for more than twenty two years.

Xenia Tornado (April 4, 1974)'

Xenia Churches (1810-1974)

The history of MEMORIAL UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH began with the incorporation of the First Associate Reformed Church of Xenia in 1810 and the Xenia Associate Presbyterian Church in 1811.

In 1858 the Associate Reformed and Associate Presbyterian denominations joined to become the United Presbyterian Church. At that time, the Xenia churches became First United Presbyterian and Second United Presbyterian.

In 1958 they became sister churches with Xenia′s Westminster Presbyterian Church when the United Presbyterian Church merged with the Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A.

Contact Information

343 West Ankeney Mill Rd
  Xenia, OH 45385
  (Across from Greene County Fairgrounds)
Office Phone:
(937) 376-9461
FAX Line :
(937) 376-4380

email correspondence:

Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sunday School:
9:15 AM
Sunday Worship:
10:30 AM