Office Administrator

Kara Pratt

I am born and raised here in Columbus Ohio. I graduated from Central Crossing High School in 2011, and then went on to Columbus State Community College to pursue my Business degree. I changed majors a few times but ended up graduating from Columbus State Community College with my Associates Degree in Business Office Applications and a Certificate in Baking in 2015. Through my studies I also become certified in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Shortly after graduating I applied and was hired on here at Columbia Heights UMC as their Office Admin. Besides doing my job I also help out with Vacation Bible School as Snack Leader, and  I always try to volunteer for various events here at church. Some of my hobbies include: baking (I especially love to make cakes!), drawing, cross stitching, Zumba fitness, and playing video games with my nephews. Some of my favorite TV shows to watch are: Once Upon A Time, Chopped, Pioneer Woman, The Big Bang Theory, The 100, and Dancing with The Stars. I love my job here at Columbia Heights, I have grown as a person and as a Christian working here in such a loving and caring environment, centered around Jesus and community fellowship.


Director Of Youth Ministries

Jonathan Rodriguez

I have just completed my first year as Director of Youth Ministries and work with the Middle and High School aged youth here. Sundays are a busy all day event for me, with class in the morning and youth group at night.

I was born and raised in Chicago and then moved to Zeeland, Michigan when I was 9 years old. I graduated from Zeeland High School in 1998 and continued my studies in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Performance Theater with a minor in Biblical Studies. I met my wife Grace there and we moved to Northern California so she could live closer to where she grew up.

We have 2 very active children, Caleb and Elizabeth who keep us on our toes and keep asking for more siblings to boss around and clean up for them.

My hobbies include playing baseball, basketball, and disc golf and coaching most teams my kids play on. I also include video games in this and have too many victory royales on Fortnite.

Director Of Operations & Treasurer

Suzie Smith Rios


  • Program Staff and team lead for the operations of the church
  • Helps develop and execute the business of the church
  • Assists the Senior Pastor to oversee the progression of the mission and vision of Columbia Heights
  • Oversees and maintains the church financials as Treasurer
  • Part of the worship service teams and other teams
  • Works with various community partners on behalf of the church


  • Worked in Administration in the Medical field with an extensive work history working for nearly 15 years combined in the fields of Ophthalmology and Physical Therapy where she maintained patient accounts, Insurance billing, Workers’ Comp and Medicaid submissions, collections, accounts payable and receivables, and management of administrative areas
  • Extensive history serving on the Ohio PTA Board of Directors
  • Locally advocating for children and families, including serving as President for the South-Western City Schools Council of PTAs from 2011 – 2013.
  • Currently serving on the Council board as Outstanding Educator Chairman in South-Western City Schools


  • Married to Juan Rios for the last 23 years and have two children together
  • Blessed to be a part of the Columbia Heights Praise Band
  • Life Group Leader as outreach to those newly seeking a relationship with Christ Jesus
  • Proud to be a mentor for our Youth and Young Adults in our church
  • Love playing Tennis with my 12 year old son and hanging with my 20 year old daughter who always makes me smile. 