Ministry Teams

Westminster has eight ministry teams with elected elders serving alongside pilots to lead the ministry teams together.  This team approach in leadership allows the elder to attend two meetings each month; one for the ministry team and the second meeting as a representative of that ministry to the Session.  The pilot attends only the ministry team meeting which he/she leads. All of the ministries connected to the Session meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:00 in various rooms on the church campus.

Westminster has several other ministry teams/committees that are in addition to the eight Sessional ministry teams which include; Ad Hoc Sanctuary Committee, By Laws Ministry Team and Endowment Ministry Team.

Please find out more about each ministry team below. If you feel guided toward sharing your gifts or talents in one of the ministry areas, please contact the elder or pilot of that team for more information.

Christian Discipleship Ministry

This Ministry Team focuses on enhancing discipleship in our community of faith. The team supports and plans alongside the Director of Christian Education.  The team coordinates youth ministry, church school, young adult gatherings, WOW ministry nights, small groups, and summer ministry activities.

Christian Discipleship Ministry Team Members
Joyce Yancey, Elder and Pilot

Reed Cranford
Katherine Dameron
Jeff Loomis
John Tindall, staff

Commitment Ministry

This is the group that coordinates our stewardship or financial gifts campaign each year, focusing on the blessings that God has bestowed upon us, especially in our savior, Jesus Christ. When you begin with this, then giving to the Lord is not some chore to be done, but a grateful, even joyous, acknowledgement of the love of God. Our annual campaigns are joyful and full of hope, because the focus in always on Christ, not us.

Commitment Ministry Team Members
Curtis Foltz, Elder and Pilot

Ed Crawford
Ken Piller
Kaitlin Steck

Fellowship & Congregational Care Ministry

There’s something special about getting together to have fun, especially when food is involved. This is the group that makes sure we have a number of such opportunities throughout the year. Our summer picnic and Christmas dinner are two of the major fellowship events we have, involving lots of food and fun. In addition the team plans special events from time to time and works often with the other teams to coordinate a fellowship time to some of the events they are planning. In addition, when there is a death within the church family, the team provides bereavement meals.

Fellowship and Congregational Care Ministry Team Members
Phyllis Gorsuch, Elder
Cathy Loomis, Pilot

Kathie Baker
Margaret Foltz
Shirley Gillespie
Ruthie Steck

Pastoral Care Ministry

This team provides support to the pastor and an open dialogue of ministry between the pastor and the congregation.  The ministry serves in two primary ways; as an advisory group to the pastor and as a support for the pastor’s leadership. First as an advisory group, the ministry team shares ideas, dreams, hopes, expectations and concerns of the congregation with the pastor. Second, as support for the pastor, the ministry interpret roles, functions and needs of the pastor to the congregation.  The ministry will not provide any supervision of the Pastor.  Supervision, evaluation and contract negotiation rests solely with Session.

Pastoral RelationsMinistry Team Members
Kathy Baker, Elder

Teal Lloyd
Bill Pfost
Linda Ralston
Spencer Yancey

Finance Ministry

The finance team works closely with and supports the treasurer in maintaining proper accounting procedures, monitoring the financial work of the church, and reporting regularly to the governing board of the church, the session. The team carefully monitors all designated gifts, endowments and bequests, ensuring and reporting to the governing board such recommended actions so as to maintain the church’s fiduciary responsibility to the donors and seeks to maintain the long-term financial health of the church.

Finance Ministry Team Members
Alex Davis, Elder
Mike Garvey, Pilot

Shirley Gillespie, Treasurer
Tom Harris
Bill Krzastek
Kevin Lloyd

Property Ministry

Westminster has been blessed with a beautiful location in a lovely neighborhood. Our buildings are admired throughout the community for their architectural beauty. Keeping up these buildings and the surrounding property is the work of this team. From plumbing to electricity, from HVAC to painting, from grass cutting to snow removal, this team works hard to make sure all the buildings are in good working order and everything looks really great.

Property Ministry Team Members
Andy Shifflett, Elder and Co-Pilot
Chuck Vailes, Co-Pilot

Bert Adamson
Ed Crawford
Tom Elliot
Andrew Foltz
John Lindsay
Marc Steck
Doug Tippett

Witness Ministry

This group has a deep desire to be an active witness of Christ in our community, nation and world along with those who visit Westminster.  This team challenges us to all to get out of your comfort zone and share the love of Christ with people on the other side of the globe and people next door to us. To maximize our efforts, they coordinate what we can do with on-going efforts by Shenandoah Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church (USA), and work with state and local agencies along with other Christian groups.  Currently the Witness Ministry supports the following ministries and organizations;
-Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack 73 for over forty years
-Girl Scout Troop 349
-Summerlee Mission Trip in West Virginia since 1985
-Co Sponsor of a Room at the WARM Ruth’s House since 2015
-Host for a week of the Cold Thermal Shelter since 2015
-Disciples Kitchen
-Salvation Army Christmas Stockings
-Salvation Army Bell Ringing
-Homebound Meals for the month of August each year
-5 Cents a Meal Offering
-Augusta Regional Clinic Meal for Volunteers
-Support Haiti Mission Trip Participants
-Lenten Luncheon
-Sewing Circle
-Welcome Visitors
-Visitation to members who are homebound or in care facilities

Witness Ministry Team Members
Marti Elliott, Elder
Terry Team, Pilot

Kay Adamson
Bobbie Bonar
Jack Hengert
Mary Piller
Charles Ramsey
Andi Shifflett
Michele Taylor
Ginny Tierney
Harriet Wangler

Worship Ministry

The worship team coordinates worship services with the Pastor and supports the staff in their work as worship leaders. The team coordinates the communion servers, worship leaders, ushers, greeters, nursery, sound operators and generally works behind the scenes to keep the worship experiences both authentic and directed toward praise and glory of God.

Worship Ministry Team Members
TBD, elder
Judy Glover, Co-Pilot
Lisa Schwenk, Co-Pilot

Katrina Crawford
Suzi Davis
Debbie Russell
Mary Smith
Bettie Tindall, staff
Lisa Vailes

Ad Hoc Sanctuary Ministry

The Session of Westminster Presbyterian Church approved a ministry team in October 2015 to research and recommend a plan to update the current Sanctuary with the following goals:
• Modernize the Sanctuary to include upgraded sound equipment and dynamic audio-visual capability
• Reconfigure the Sanctuary to enhance the worship experience

Ad Hoc Sanctuary Ministry Team Members
Sue Krzastek, Co-Chair
Steve Yance, Co-Chair

Kathy Baker
Alice Coppic
Tom Elliott
Ed Glover
Tom Harris
Blair Sowards

By Laws Ministry Team

The Session has given direction to Westminster to become incorporated through the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The congregation will have two upcoming opportunities to learn more about incorporation:
Wednesday, January 18During WOW Adult program from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Chapel
Sunday, February 5 - During the Church School Hour, 10:15-11:05 a.m., after the congregational meeting in the Social Hall.

If you have questions regarding the incorporation process at Westminster, please contact one of the members of the Bylaws Ministry Team;
Marsha Howard
Jennifer Kearney
Lowell Lemons
Bill Ralston
Andy Shifflett

Endowment Ministry

This team receives and monitors the special giving to the church through estate bequests and other special gifts. The team works with potential donors to make sure the gifts are, according to the donor’s wishes, channeled properly into the life of the church, recommending to the governing board such actions as are appropriate involving such gifts.

Endowment Ministry Team Members
Ed Crawford, Chair
Susan Fersner
Curtis Foltz
Lowell Lemons
Ken Piller
Chuck Vailes

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Westminster Story

One of my favorite things about Westminster is the talent and creativity of our members, and the freeness with which they share it.  It’s inspiring and fun, and motivates me to do the same!

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