Church Staff

Keith Koch: PASTOR 

We are excited to have Keith joining us as transitional pastor for the next four to six months.



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.



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.


Josh Hearn: Visiting Organist

Heather Hovey, Church Secretary     

Heather holds the position of church secretary. 


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

2020: Matt Boddington, Becky Sullivan, Steve Skrzypek, Steve Bergstrom, Kathy England, Lue Anderson, Jean Ann Emig

2021: Dave Evans, Roy Sullivan

The Board of Deacons:

2019: Jenny Bergstrom, Tom Gettler, Ellen Chalk

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

2021: Carolyn Wadley, Lynn Boddington

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