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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Christian Education – Les Brooks
Congregational Care – Linda Wilson
Evangelism/Communications – Niña Henderson
Finance/Stewardship, Assistant Clerk – Mario Koym-Garza
Mission – Jill Spencer
Nominating & Personnel – Catherine Fritz
Property – Chris Simpson & Chris McMurrough
Worship – Jim Johnson
Clerk of Session – Earlene Pike
Treasurer – David Rawhouser
Assistant Treasurer – Jill Wesstrom
Reverend Kate McGee – Pastor Kate has served at Westminster as the Pastor and Head of Staff 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. Pastor 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. In Arlington, Pastor Kate is involved with the Attending Clergy Association, Arlington Ministerial Association, and the Arlington Resource Sharing Group, as well as serving on several committees for the City. In 2018, she had the honor of being the selected preacher for the Hubert Moss Ecumenical Worship Service honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pastor Kate has the privilege of being married to Lee McGee, an Englishman and fellow soccer fanatic. Together, they are the proud parents of three boys. In her 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 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.
Debra Nelson – Debra has served as Westminster’s Administrative Assistant since 2010. She coordinates most church communications, including our social media. If you have a question, she probably has the answer - or at least knows who to ask! 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.
Brooklyn Richardson - Brooklyn is the newest addition to the Westminster staff as our Director of Youth & Children Ministries. In this role, she coordinates faith formation for our youngest members, teaching and learning from them how to follow Jesus. Brooklyn grew up active in church, coming from a long line of full-time ministers including her dad, grandfather, and uncle. She calls Abilene, Texas her hometown, where her parents still live and are on church staff. She lives in Arlington with her husband Keith, daughter Nolie and son Reid. Brooklyn has a mini zoo at her house, with four dogs and a neighborhood cat. She is very involved in the community, including starting an Arlington moms' group, serving on two PTA executive boards, and co-leading Girl Scout Troop 3544. She is active in her local BSF study group and enjoys her book club friends. Brooklyn has a heart for service and coordinating volunteers. She is thrilled to connect with our families, engage with them, and find out how we can best nurture them as they raise Christ followers, who will continue to grow in our Westminster family.
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.