Staff Team

Meet the staff of Westminster Presbyterian Church

Jeff Gissing

Transitional Lead Pastor 

Jeff joined the Westminster team in April in order to lead the congregation through a perion of reflection, discernment, and transition. He's married to Anna and has two kids, Nathan and Eliza. The Gissings live in Wheaton. You can learn more about Jeff at

Carolyn Hansen

Music Director & Organist

Carolyn joined the Westminster team 12 years ago. Prior to that she served another church in Aurora. She's a proud graduate of Valparaiso University. 

Shelia Westerfield

Director of Congregational Care

Shelia is a veteran member of the Westminster staff team. She heads up our congregational care ministry ensuring that those in the hospital receive a visit as well as home communion.

Tom Westerfield

Technical Director

Tom directs our evolving digital ministry. Along with Shelia, Tom is a veteran member of the Westminster Team.

Trisha Warren

Church Secretary

Trish is voice and face of Westminster. She's the first face you see when you enter our campus and the first voice you hear when you give us a call.

Ken Perrin


Ken serves as our facilities coordinator and is responsible for ensuring that the campus is clean and safe for our visitors.

Jenny & Jason Drury

Youth Director

Jenny and Jason serve the youth of our congregation. Together, they nurture and disciple the next generation of Westminster. 

Board of Elders

Westminster Presbyterian Church is governed by a Session comprised of nine ruling elders and our teaching elder. 

Jeff Gissing, Moderator

Lou Jacobs, Clerk

Kerry Proczko 

Claire Pepper

Susanne Fuller

Irv Vickers

Gary Gapinske

Fred Lemmerhirt 

Becky Hill 

Mike McCullough



Board of Deacons

Our Deacons lead ministries aimed at providing care, compassion, and meeting practical needs at Westminster.

Doug Ecker

Audrey Fechner

Michelle Golembeck

John Halsey

John Hendricks

Meghan Hill-Kendrick

Doug Kirhofer

Jan Medgyesi

Alan Pepper

Norrain Phelps

Dian Poochigian

Judy Rhoads





Our Monthly Newsletters

June 2021 WPC Newsletter
June 2021 WPC Newsletter.pdf
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May 2021 WPC Newsletter
May 2021 WPC Newsletter(1).pdf
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April 2021 WPC Newsletter
April 2021 WPC Newsletter(2).pdf
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March 2021 Newsletter
March 2021 WPC Newsletter(1).pdf
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February 2021 Newsletter
February 2021 WPC Newsletter (1).pdf
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January 2021 Newsletter
January 2021 WPC Newsletter.pdf
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December 2020 Newsletter
December 2020 WPC Newsletter.pdf
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November 2020 Newsletter
November 2020 WPC Newsletter.pdf
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October 2020 Newsletter
WPC OCT 2020.pdf
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September 2020 Newsletter
WPC SEPT 2020.pdf
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August 2020 Newsletter
WPC AUG 2020.pdf
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July 2020 Newsletter
WPC JULY 2020.pdf
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Our Denomination

The mission of ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians is to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ. We seek to be a movement, not just a denomination.


These are the foundations that propel us forward. The name ECO is not an acronym. It reinforces our passion for strengthening the ecosystems of local churches. We believe the church is a living organism that needs life-giving resources to help it grow, thrive, and multiply. ECO is committed to cultivating a healthy, diverse, resource-rich ecosystem where pastors and congregations can flourish.


How to Become a Covenant Partner (Member)

First, you simply need to tell us that you are interested in becoming a member or covenant partner.  You can do this by checking off the box when you register your attendance, by talking with any staff member, or by contacting the church office during the week.  Or, just send a message to:


Second, you will be asked to affirm your faith in a meeting with Pastor and some of the church's Elders.


Third, you will need to affirm your faith before the church family and, if necessary, be baptized.


Fourth, you will need to attend one of the quarterly classes which are designed specifically to get you grounded in your faith and in your commitment to your new church family; teaching you how to study the Bible, how to pray, and discovering the gifts you have to share with others. We will encourage you to stay true to Jesus in those times when it's hard to do so, by being part of your extended family.


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Westminster Presbyterian Church
10 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, Illinois 60506
(630) 896-5502