Westminster has nine ministries with elected ruling elders serving alongside pilots to join in leadership together. This team approach in leadership allows the elder to attend two meetings each month; one for the ministry  and the second meeting as a representative of that ministry to the Session.  The pilot attends only the ministry meeting which he/she leads. All of the ministries connected to the Session meet on the second Wednesday evening of each month in various rooms on the church campus.  Most ministries begin at 6:00 p.m., others begin at 7:00 p.m..

Every Ministry has a Mission
Starting in 2017 each ministry was to discern how to serve in the community through mission by loving God and loving neighbor that aligns with their ministry areas.  Many new missions have formed over the years with the movement of the Holy Spirit and the creative spirit of each ministry.
2017 Ministries’ Missions 
2018 Ministries’ Missions
2019 Ministries’ Missions

Westminster has several additional ministry teams/committees that are in addition to the nine Session Ministry Teams which include; Nominating Committee, Response Ministry Team, and Discovery Ministry Team (2019),

Please find out more about each ministry team below. If you feel called 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 Members
Blair Hanger, Elder (’20)
Joyce Yancey, Ministry Pilot (21)

Reed Cranford
Jeff Loomis
Katherine Dameron
Rebecca Rider
Ashley Short
John Tindall, Director of Christian Education and Youth Director Staff Member

Read more about the Discipleship Ministry by viewing the charter in the Westminster’s Operational Manual.

Commitment Ministry

The commitment ministry strives to promote an environment within the church and its members where
giving and serving are natural Christian responses to the many blessings which God has given to us. The team works together on the annual stewardship campaign, shares conversation with the finance ministry on being good stewards all year and reviewing the membership rolls on an annual basis.

Commitment Ministry Members
Curtis Foltz, Elder (’21)
Ed Glover, Co- Pilot (’20)
Kaitlin Steck, Co-Pilot (’20)

Ed Crawford

Read more about the Commitment Ministry by viewing the charter in the Westminster’s Operational Manual.

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. Also,  when there is a death within the church family, the team provides bereavement meals.
View Bereavement policy in the Westminster’s Operational Manual.

Fellowship and Congregational Care Ministry Members
Alina McKibben, Elder (’20)
Phyllis Gorsuch, Ministry Pilot (’22)

Kathy Baker
Margaret Foltz
Shirley Gillespie
Ruthie Steck
Laura Stirewalt
Cathy Waldorf

Read more about the Fellowship and Congregational Care Ministry by viewing the charter in the Westminster’s Operational Manual.

Finance Ministry

The finance team works closely with and supports the treasurer and finance staff 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 Members
Matthew Rider, Elder (’22)
Bill Ralston, Pilot (’20)

Billy Anderson
Terry Crow
Jennifer Matheny
Kay Adamson, Treasurer (’22)

Read more about the Finance Ministry by viewing the charter in the Westminster’s Operational Manual.

Pastor Relations 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. The members of this ministry team are selected by the Nominating Committee and approved by the congregation on an annual basis.

Pastor Relations Ministry Members
Kathy Baker, Elder (’19)

Thani Henry
Stephanie Lemons
Paige Moore
Jonathan Steck

Read more about the Pastor Relations Ministry by viewing the charter in the Westminster’s Operational Manual.

Personnel Ministry

The Personnel ministry supports the staff at Westminster through various ways such as hiring employees to serve in minstry, working with the pastor for the annual staff evaluations and providing open communication between staff and congregation.

Personnel Ministry Members:
Susanne Scott, Elder (’21)
Sue Krzastek, Pilot (’22)

Terry Crow
Rick McKibben
Andi Shifflett
Joyce Yancey

Read more about the Personnel Ministry by viewing the charter in the Westminster’s Operational Manual.

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 Members
Andy Shifflett, Elder and Co-Pilot (’20)

Bert Adamson
Tom Elliott
Andrew Foltz
Marc Steck
Doug Tippett
Lewis Wiseman

Read more about the Property Ministry by viewing the charter in the Westminster’s Operational Manual.

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 Members
Marti Elliott, Elder (’21)
Jack Hengert, Ministry Pilot (’22)

Terry Team
Kay Adamson
Bobbie Bonar
Betsy Conyers
Mary Piller
Charles Ramsey
Andi Shifflett

Read more about the Witness Ministry by viewing the charter in the Westminster’s Operational Manual.

Worship Ministry

The worship ministry team desires for the worship services to ascribe joy to the Lord and equip the body of faith for witness in the world.  The ministry team coordinates the worship services with the Pastor and supports the staff in their work as worship leaders. The team organizes the communion servers, worship leaders, ushers, greeters, nursery, sound operators and generally works behind the scenes to keep the worship experiences authentic and directed toward praise and glory of God.

Worship Ministry Members
Lori Davis, Elder (’22)
Judy Glover, Co-Pilot (’20)
Lisa Schwenk, Co-Pilot (’20)

Katrina Crawford
Debbie Russell
Mary Smith
Michelle Taylor
Steve Yancey
Sara Yoder
Bettie Tindall, Director of Music (Staff Member)

Read more about the Worship Ministry by viewing the charter in the Westminster’s Operational Manual.

Additional Ministry: Response Ministry Team

Check back soon for more information on our Response Ministry Team!

Additional Ministry: Nominating Committee

The nominating committee carries out the the process of selecting members for the congregation to approve and elect elders to serve in ordered ministries at Westminster Presbyterian church along with nominating members to serve on the Pastor Relations Ministry Team.  The nine current ordered ministries of Westminster Presbyterian Church are stated above in more detail which  include; Commitment, Discipleship, Finance, Fellowship & Congregational Care, Pastor Relations, Personnel, Property, Witness, and Worship.  The elders of the Nominating Committee are elected by the session and the at-large members of the Nominating Committee are elected by the congregation.

2020 Nominating Committee Members

Marti Elliott, Active Ruling Elder
Linda Lemons, Ruling Elder
Edwin Lancaster, Ruling Elder
Reed Cranford, Ruling Elder
Brad Yoder, Active Member

Read more about the Nominating Committee, by viewing the charter in the Westminster’s Operational Manual.
Outline of Nominating Committee, Elder Training and Pastor Relations Membership

Additional Ministry Team: Discovery Ministry Team (2019)

Check back soon for more information on our Discovery Ministry Team!

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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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