Ministry Teams at Westminster

Westminster has nine ministry teams with elected ruling 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 evening of each month in various rooms on the church campus.  Most ministries being at 6:00, others begin at 5:30 or 7:00.

Westminster has several additional ministry teams/committees that are in addition to the nine Session Ministry Teams which include; Nominating Committee, Endowment Ministry Team, Ad Hoc Sanctuary Committee (2015), Incorporation Ministry Team (2016),  and Operations Manual Ministry Team (2017).

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

Emily Breeden
Reed Cranford
Katherine Dameron
Jeff Loomis
Alina McKibben
Ashley Short
John Tindall, Director of Christian Education and Youth Director Staff Member

Read more about the Discipleship Ministry by viewing the charter below.
CHARTER- Discipleship

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 Team Members
Curtis Foltz, Elder
Ed Glover, Co- Pilot
Kaitlin Steck, Co-Pilot

Ed Crawford
Chuck Vailes

Read more about the Commitment Ministry by viewing their charter below.
CHARTER- Commitment.

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.

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

Kathy Baker
Margaret Foltz
Alina McKibben
Shirley Gillespie
Ruthie Steck

Read more about the Fellowship and Congregational Care Ministry by viewing their charter below.
CHARTER- Fellowship and Congregational Care

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 Team Members
Alex Davis, Elder
Bill Ralston, Pilot

Billy Anderson
Wes Bush, Finance Assistant Staff Member
Mike Garvey
Shirley Gillespie, Treasurer

Read more about the Finance Ministry by viewing their charter below.
CHARTER- Finance

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 Team Members
Kathy Baker, Elder

Teal Lloyd
Bill Pfost
Linda Ralston
Spencer Yancey

Read more about the Pastor Relations Ministry by viewing their charter below.
CHARTER- Pastor Relations

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 Team Members:
Angie Honeycutt, Chair
Sue Krzastek, Pilot

Edwin Lancaster
Andi Shifflett
Chuck Vailes
Joyce Yancey

Read more about the Personnel Ministry by viewing their charter below.
CHARTER- Personnel
WPC Personnel 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 Team Members
Andy Shifflett, Elder and Co-Pilot
Chuck Vailes, Co-Pilot

Bert Adamson
Tom Elliot
Andrew Foltz
Matt McKibben
Marc Steck
Doug Tippett

Read more about the Property Ministry by viewing their charter below.
CHARTER- Property

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

Read more about the Witness Ministry by viewing their charter below.
CHARTER- Witness

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 Team Members
Lisa Vailes, elder
Judy Glover, Co-Pilot
Lisa Schwenk, Co-Pilot

Katrina Crawford
Suzi Davis
Debbie Russell
Mary Smith
Bettie Tindall, Director of Music Staff Member

Read more about the Worship Ministry by viewing their charter below.
CHARTER- Worship

Additional Ministry: Endowment Ministry

This team is a sub committee of the Finance 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.

The current representative from the Finance Ministry for the Endowment Ministry is Kevin Lloyd.

The Incorporation process of Westminster has created a need for an update of this ministry’s polices and procedures which are being updated by the Operating Manual 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.

2016-2017 Nominating Committee Members

Andy Shifflett, Active Ruling Elder
Pete Gorsuch, Ruling Elder

Lori Davis, Active Member
Jill Klippel, Active Member
Meg Yancey, Active Member

Read more about the Nominating Committee, by viewing the information below
Nominating Policy
Outline of Nominating Committee, Elder Training and Pastor Relations Membership

Additional Ministry Team: Ad Hoc Sanctuary Committee (2015)

The Session of Westminster Presbyterian Church has approved and hereby commissions the Sanctuary Ad Hoc Committee to investigate and recommend a plan to update the Sanctuary of the church to set in motion the means to meet the following objective found in the Worship Theme of the Mission Study of the church approved in June of 2014:
Modernize the Sanctuary to include upgraded sound equipment and dynamic audio-visual capability.
Reconfigure the Sanctuary to enhance the worship experience

Ad Hoc Sanctuary Committee Members:
Sue Krzastek, Co-Chair
Steve Yancey, Co-Chair
Kathy Baker
Alice Coppic
Tom Elliott
Ed Glover
Blair Hanger
Tom Harris
Ryan Krzastek
Rev. April Cranford, Pastor and Ex-Officio Member

Read more about the Ad Hoc Sanctuary Committee by viewing the charter below.
CHARTER- Ad Hoc Sanctuary Committee

Additonal Ministry: Incorporation Ministry Team (2016)

The Session has given direction to Westminster to become incorporated through the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The congregation participated in two information sessions regarding incorporation:
Wednesday, January 18 – During 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.

The session approved a congregational meeting to vote on Incorporation on May 14, 2017.  The congregation approved the incorporation of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Waynesboro Virginia at this congregational meeting on May 14, 2017

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

Additional Ministry: Operations Manual Ministry Team (2017)
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