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Jayne Ruiz: PASTOR 

Our new pastor, Jayne Ruiz, will be arriving at Westminster on June 12th and will preach June 18th. We look forward to her coming and will provide additional  information about her once she is here.


Jim Owens: Parish Associate
Born in Clearwater, Florida and raised in Tarpon Springs, Jim earned a B.A. in Religion, German, and Speech at Florida Southern College in Lakeland and an Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ in 1970. Ordained 1974, Jim served The Presbyterian Church at Woodbury before completing a Doctorate of Ministry Studies at McCormick Seminary in 1987 thereafter he moved to Topeka. Westminster is delighted that Jim is now our Parish Associate.


Paul Evans: Parish Assistant

Born in Newport, KY, Paul grew up in Stratford, Conn., graduated Cum Laude from Maryville (Presbyterian) College in 1962, and earned an M.Div. in 1965 and a TH.M. in 1969 from Princeton Theological Seminary, NJ. Ordained in 1965, he served in Presbyterian Churches in St. Paul, MN, Minnetonka, MN, Tribes Hill, NY, Rapid City, SD, and in Topeka he was pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church from 1987 to 2007. Paul is an accomplished vocalist, and he is the keyboardist for Temple Beth Sholom.

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Brad Stipcak: Choir Director

Brad Stipcak is Westminster Presbyterian Church’s new choir director! Brad has been a music educator and choir director in the Topeka area for nearly 10 years. During the week, Brad teaches music at 501′s French Middle School and more!  Brad has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Culver-Stockton College in Canton Ohio and a Masters of Music degree from Kansas State University. He served nine years as Chancel Choir Director at West Side Christian Church of Topeka and now has joined our Westminster Family as Choir Director here.

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Tim Smale: Organist

Tim Smale is currently a senior at Washburn University majoring in music education. At Washburn, he studies organ with Dr. Cynthia Neufeld Smith. He is thrilled to have to opportunity to serve as organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church.


Denise Benteman: Administrative Assistant

Denise is a native Topekan who graduated from Topeka West High School. After years of experience working for other companies she began employment at Westminster in March 2014. She is married to Randy and has two grown children, Dustin and Michele. In October 2015 her first grandchild, Ryker, was born. Denise loves music and if you are humming a tune in the church office she is likely to start singing with you.


Brian Vawter: Custodian
Brian was born and raised in Topeka. He is a graduate of Topeka High School. He works full-time at Logan Junior High School. He also works part-time at Second Presbyterian Church and at Westminster.  He is married to Nancy and has two children, Heather and Clayton.

The Church Session:

Clerk of Session: Becky Sullivan

2018:  Roy Sullivan, Judy Miller, Tina Gannaway

2019:  Steve Bergstrom,   Kathy England, Lue Anderson

2020: Matt Boddington, Becky Sullivan, Steve Skrzypek

The Board of Deacons:

2018: Ellen Chalk

2019: Jenny Bergstrom, Tom Gettler

2020: Sondra Rankin, Charlotte Bates, Sybil Weigman, Barbara Livergood, Roger Dallam, Wilma Hummert

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