Church Staff

Keith Koch: Pastor  Keith grew up in East St. Louis in a strong Southern Baptist tradition and did his undergraduate work at Baylor. He did his graduate work at Princeton and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1980. He served as pastor at a yoked upstate New York pair of congregations (3 years), in Philadelphia (9 years) and in Wichita (10 years.) He then felt called to interim work and has been at churches in Hutchinson, Gardner, Wamego and Overland Park. Currently, Keith is retired, but he is willing to come out of retirement to help us make this transition from designated pastor to interim pastor because he says, he knows us and likes us and feels his particular training and skills are a good fit for this time of transition.

Keith lives in Olathe with his wife, Karen. He has two married children and two grandchildren. He will be in a part time position here at Westminster – in Topeka on Sunday and then during the first half of the week. But as he points out, Olathe is an hour away and if he is needed for pastoral care he is committed to coming promptly.                                                               

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.




Rob Hobgood: Choir Director       


We are in need of an: Organist

Heather Hovey: Administrative Assistant       Heather Hovey is Westminster Presbyterian’s office personnel. Heather has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Baker University and has over 4 years of prior office/administration experience including the Kansas Department of Labor and Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair.  Heather also has over 10 years of customer service experience and takes pride in assisting in any way possible.



Becca Nyman: Youth Coordinator Becca is our Youth Coordinator here at Westminster. She helps with all youth activities here. Becca was born and raised in the Kansas City Metro. She currently is a sophomore at Washburn University and is looking at obtaining a degree in Public Admin with a certificate in nonprofit management and a minor in leadership studies. After college Becca wants to work for a non-profit organization that emphasizes in work with underprivileged youth.




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

Becky Sullivan (2020) (Clerk of Session)

Lue Anderson (2020)

Steve Bergstrom (2020)

Matt Boddington (2020)

Jean Ann Emig (2020)

Steve Skrzypek (2020)

Roy Sullivan (2021)


The Board of Deacons

Charlotte Bates (2020)

Barbara Livergood (2020)

Sybil Weigman (2020)

Lynn Boddington (2021)

Carolyn Wadley (2021)

Martha Gabehart (2022)

Caryl Hines (2022)

Janice Kivett (2022)

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