Westminster is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
We are grateful for the gifted Presbyterian clergy leaders above and for all the many clergy and lay leaders that have enhanced and supported our ministry and mission.
The Presbyterian Church's ordered ministries described in the New Testament and maintained by the church are deacons and presbyters (teaching elders and ruling elders). Ordered ministries are gifts to the church to order its life so that the ministry of the whole people of God may flourish. The existence of these ordered ministries in no way diminishes the importance of the commitment of all members to the total ministry of the church.
The government of this church is representative, and the right of God's people is to elect presbyters and deacons is inalienable. Therefore, no person can be placed in any ordered ministry in a congregation or council of the church except by election of that body. Ordination to the ministry of teaching elder, ruling elder, or deacon is unique to that order of ministry. (G-2.0102, Book of Order)
The ministry of deacon is set forth in Scripture in one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Their ministry is under the supervision and authority of the session. (G-2.0201, G-2.0202, Book of Order)
Colleen Balcarcel Carrera
Shawn McRae, Sr.
As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God's Spirit and governance of God's people. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. (G-2.0301, Book of Order)
Current Ruling Elders
Mary Woodall (treasurer)
Teaching elders (also called ministers of the Word and Sacrement) shall in all things be committed to teaching the faith and equipping the saints for the work of ministry. (Eph. 4:12) They may serve in a variety of ministers, as authorized by the presbytery. Their roles include preaching, witness, service, presiding of the Lord's Supper, baptism, participation in the responsibilities of governance, and other roles. (G-2.0501, Book of Order)
Current Teaching Elders
Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen
Rev. Joanne Rodriguez
Rev. Patti Daley