About Us

Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC) is an inviting, loving and welcoming congregation that joyously celebrates worship in the Reformed tradition. We strive to make our worship services fresh, creative, and relevant, encouraging the spiritual growth of our members and visitors. WPC supports, comforts, and challenges our members through individual and cooperative community ministries, inviting all to be Christ’s disciples by actively participating in the church’s outreach programs both financially and physically. We feel strongly about building and maintaining partnerships with local organizations, and a number of non-profit organizations use our building. We are proud of our diverse congregation. We are inclusive and respectful of ALL members and visitors.

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Our Leadership

Session

Christian Education – Betty Makileni
Congregational Care – Sandra James
Evangelism/Communications, Assistant Clerk – Erin Baltensperger
Finance/Stewardship – Bill Cobb
Mission – Jack Boger
Nominating & Personnel – Jim Hardy
Property – Kathy Anderson
Worship – Chad Bridges
Clerk of Session – Earlene Pike
Ex Officio
Treasurer David Rawhouser
Assistant Treasurer Jill Wesstrom


Church Staff

Reverend Kate McGee – Pastor Kate has served at Westminster since December 2014. A native Texan, Kate received her BA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She then spent a year as a Young Adult Volunteer in Liverpool, England. Kate returned to the States to attend Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She greatly enjoyed growing as a pastor with her first church in Topeka, Kansas. She has the privilege of being married to Lee McGee, an Englishman and fellow soccer fanatic. In Kate’s free time, she enjoys following the success of Manchester United, reading all kinds of books, playing piano, and practicing her basic Spanish.
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elizabeth-bElizabeth Barney – Elizabeth serves as Westminster’s Minister of Music. She graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Music degree and all-level teaching certification, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy at Texas Women’s University. She taught private piano for 20 years and taught public school music for 25 years before her retirement. She has continued to accompany for UIL and other music venues and is on the accompanying staff of TWU. Working in church music since the age of 12, Elizabeth has held many positions in various churches as Minister of Music, organist, pianist, and bell choir director. In 1962, she helped form the Texas Girls’ Choir and continues to work with that organization. While traveling with the Choir, she performed on several organs throughout Europe, as well as a piano performance in Alice Tulley Hall of Carnegie Hall. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, European Club and the DAR.
Elizabeth and her musician husband, Winston, present programs for churches and various groups throughout Texas. They have three wonderful daughters and three super grandchildren.
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debraDebra Nelson – Debra has served as Westminster’s Administrative Assistant since 2010. She has been a member or Westminster since 1985, where she met and later married her husband Walter at Westminster. She has two children, Matthew & Elizabeth.
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About Us – Our History

On February 16, 1958, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Arlington held its first worship service at South Davis Elementary School, led by organizing pastor, Joe Russell. On Easter Sunday, 1960, the first service in the present sanctuary was held. A stand-alone, temporary educational building was added in 1968, built by members and named for John Omvig, an elder and LTV test pilot who died in the line of duty.

In 1977, both buildings underwent renovation. At that time, the stained glass windows at the front of the sanctuary, designed by Alan Farquhar, and based on Psalm 121, were installed. In 1983, the congregation commissioned Ross King, of Fort Worth, to build and install a custom, 17- rank pipe organ. The organ case is designed to complement the stained glass.

In 1996, a major capital expenditure campaign was undertaken to totally reconstruct the church school building and add a large fellowship hall, kitchen, and pass through to connect all to the two buildings. The facility was dedicated in September of 1997. About the same time, the playground was installed. The covered patio, picnic tables and grills were added later.

A broken pipe caused flooding in the main building in 2011, leading to new paint and flooring throughout, particularly in the sanctuary which also received a reconfiguration of the chancel and position of the pews. Two years later a sound booth and new sound system were added to the sanctuary.

The exquisite banner on the back wall was lovingly crafted by a group of dedicated church ladies over a two year period. It is based on London’s Westminster Abbey Coat of Arms and is an expression of the beauty, majesty and glory of God.