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.
Brad Stipcak: Choir Director Brad Stipcak is Westminster Presbyterian Church’s choir director. Brad has been a music educator and choir director in the Topeka area for nearly 13 years. During the week, Brad teaches music at 501’s Chase 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