About Us

Westminster is a gathering of people ...

  • Spiritually exploring
  • Open and inclusive
  • Committed to a faith that is applicable
  • Welcoming of families and children
  • Grounded in Christ

 How we worship...

  • Vibrant worship, together in community at 8:30 and 10:00 am each Sunday morning
  • Scripture readings
  • Inspired teachings
  • Children’s teaching time at 10:00 service
  • Contemplative worship at 8:30 service
  • Community prayers
  • Voicing of joys and concerns
  • Time for silent reflection
  • Variety of traditional and contemporary music (choir, organ, small vocal and instrumental groups, solo musicians)
Westminster is an inclusive congregation in which we are committed to embodying the faith in tangible ways through worshipping, learning, connecting, and serving. We believe spirituality and action go hand in hand as we seek to follow Jesus Christ in the world.
Leadership

Staff

Program Staff

Rob McClellan, Senior Pastor & Head of Staff
Bethany Nelson, Associate Pastor
Jeff Shankle, Director of Youth Ministry
Ted Scott, Parish Associate
RuthE. Wells, Director of Music
Alla Artemova-Helton, Organist & Choir Accompanist
Diane Masarweh, Church Administrator & Financial Secretary
Coral Kisseberth, Acting Sunday School Coordinator
Jesus Posada, Sexton
Diane Newman, Accounting
Elizabeth Merriman, Librarian                                  

 


Session - Ruling Elders

In our tradition, elders are elected representatives of the congregation and with the pastors, attend to the administration, discipline, and spiritual life of the congregation. Elders are ordained to this work and remain elders for life. Ruling elders may serve no more than two, three-year terms on Session before taking a sabbatical.

 

Class of 2018: Lewis Berkhout, Kirk Boyd, Katharine Herbert, Coral Kisseberth, Jeff Slavitz
Class of 2019: Vince DeQuattro, Laura Hill, Jonathan Perdue, Michelle Tripp, Martha Vujovich
Class of 2020: Nancy Girard Garrison, Bill McLeod, Evelyn Sayers, Sharon Terrill, Walt Traver

Clerk of Session:  Susan Berkhout

 

Committees of Session: The following committees serve at the pleasure of the Session, reporting through a commission or directly to the Session.

Audit - annually reviews the financial record keeping procedures and statements
Budget and Finance - prepares the annual church-operating budget
Legacy - oversees and solicits long-term investments
Personnel - coordinates all matters relating to compensated church staff
Nominating - recruits and nominates persons to serve as church officers
Review of Rolls - annually reviews the church register regarding transfers, inactive members, and deletion of members from active rolls


Deacons

Deacons at Westminster are specially trained to visit the sick and shut-ins, to address community problems, and to care for both the congregation and the community. Deacons are also ordained to their work and may serve up to two, three-year terms of office.

 

Class of 2018: Kathleen Buckstaff, Lucy Carrico, Michael Hatfield, Kelly Lavik, Janet Raiche
Class of 2019:
Glenn Burke, Carrie Burroughs, Judy Friede, Andy Johnson, Peter Sayers
Class of 2020:
I-Joen Beer, Bruce Nelson, Diane Newman, John Trotter, Sandra Yacopucci
      


Commissions

  

full sanctuaryWestminster’s work is primarily organized through eight commissions comprised of at least one deacon and one elder and several members at large. Anyone is welcome to participate in the work of these groups. Meetings are held at the church on the first Tuesday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Please contact Pastor Rob McClellan or Pastor Bethany Nelson if interested in learning more about serving on a commission.

 

Buildings and Grounds 

Manages all issues relating to the care and upkeep of the buildings and property entrusted to Westminster including annual maintenance, emergency repair and renovation projects.

Chair: Chuck Quick

Christian Education

Plans, delivers, reviews and supports Christian education programs for the congregation; including recruiting and training teachers, selecting curricula for Sunday classes for children and youth; offering a wide range of adult education classes in theology, Bible study, social issues, personal growth, discipleship, spirituality, and related studies in faith development.  

Chair: Coral Kisseberth

Congregational Life

Seeks to build community through small and large events welcoming visitors and members alike.Activities include: In-Gathering Brunch, Small Group Dinners, Fellowship Café following worship, new member receptions, the  All Church Picnic, Meaningful Conversations Groups, among other events.

 Co-Chairs: Katharine Herbert, Laura Hill

Finance

Monitors the short-term and long-term financial needs of WPC with oversight responsibility for the Treasurer and Financial Secretary; works closely with the Stewardship and Communications Commission on the annual stewardship campaign.Provides monthly financial reports and budget tracking for Session.

Chair:  Lewis Berkhout

Outreach & Society

Provides opportunities to live our faith through various outreach, fundraising and advocacy projects and programs serving both local and global humanitarian needs; includes planning mission trips, organizing the Alternative Christmas Fair for various local and international non-profits; hosting relevant speakers and events for our missional groups throughout the year.

Chair: Jeff Slavitz

Spiritual Life

Plans and provides activities that promote spiritual growth and development including organizing retreats, seminars, workshops, and special worship services.

Co-Chairs: Deb Dybsky, Bob Miller 

Stewardship & Communications

Strives to cultivate a year round culture of giving time, talent and treasure including organizing and coordinating the annual member giving campaign. This commission is also responsible for examining and enhancing all member and visitor communications such as the upkeep of our website, newsletter, podcasts, and other congregational and community outreach publications.

 Co-Chairs: Jonathan Perdue, Martha Vujovich

Worship

Responsible for all matters relating to worship. In collaboration with staff, activities include developing goals and a budget for a vibrant worship including  a thriving  choir, special seasonal music concerts, pulpit guests, summer guest musicians, seasonal decorations, staffing of ushers, greeters, acolytes, lay readers and communion servers.

Chair: Michelle Tripp

 

 

Our Denomination

 

PCUSA

Westminster Presbyterian Church of Tiburon, California is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denomination. PC(USA) is governed by councils, which exist to help congregations and the church as a whole be more faithful participants in the mission of Christ. The councils of the church are the Session, the Presbytery, the Synod and the highest governing body, the General Assembly. The Session is the leadership council for our congregation and is composed of ruling elders, elected by the congregation to active service, as well as all installed pastors (also called teaching elders). The Session's main responsibilities, together with teaching elders, are to exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment and discipline and have responsibilities for the life the congregation as well as to the whole church.

 September 5, 2017 Press Releasefrom PC(USA)  "Stated Clerk condemns president's decision to end DACA program":  Link to the article at Link to the article at http://www.pcusa.org/news/2017/9/5/pcusa-stated-clerk-condemns-presidents-decision-en/ 

 

Presbytery The Presbytery of the Redwoods is the regional body of the Synod of the Pacific and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is comprised of 52 congregations, 5,922 congregational members, and 151 minister members. The geographical boundaries stretch along the northern California coast from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border, including the counties of Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Lake, Mendocino, and Humboldt. In the midst of diversity and differences within our Presbytery, we respect and carry out our individual ministries and support our shared mission as a presbytery. Westminster Presbyterian Church does not receive any funding from the Presbytery, the Synod, or the denomination, PC(USA).

Excerpt from letter received Oct. 19, 2017 from the Rev. Bob Conover, Stated Clerk, Presbytery of the Redwoods, www.redwoodspresbytery.org

Dear Friends,

Today I spoke with Cindy Alloway (Roses), Dale Flowers (First Santa Rosa), and Jeff Johnson (The Cove). .......to get an assessment of current needs. Where are things right now in Santa Rosa, the place most severely impacted by fires? I spoke with all of them individually and all of them told me the very same things:

1) We do not need more material donations. We are over-whelmed with generosity and have more than the donation sites can manage.

2) We do not need more volunteers. Certainly, there are those with very specific skills that are needed, but for most of us, our skills and resources can be better used in other ways--see No. 4 below.

3) We do not need more pastoral/spiritual caregivers. The broad religious/spiritual community within the area is responding in exemplary ways. They know their communities the best and will extend invitations if more help is needed. 

4) What we REALLY need is housing. Certainly, for those displaced, but also for the construction workers from outside the area who are going to be desperately needed. One idea "floating around" is creating space for motor homes on church property. Jeff Johnson is among those developing this idea. Maybe this is one place where we could collectively offer support. Maybe we could find presbytery funds to help create the necessary infrastructure to make this a reality?

5).... We REALLY need financial contributions. All funds donated through Redwoods Presbytery, or to our individual congregations, will go to those who have little or no other financial resources. We want to, and will, care for everyone. Our hearts go out to those who have plenty just as much to those who have very little. This time and place grief-filled for all. Period. We will do all we can to ensure that our contributions go to the very least among us. This is the Gospel.

.... Pam Novelly, our interim pastor for the Windsor congregation, shared the following quotation...... from Henri Nouwen and it powerfully summarizes the work we are doing in Redwoods, even before the fires. Indeed, in summarizes who we are:

To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements, or declarations. True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known. They are free to receive, to welcome, to accept.Listening is much more than allowing another to talk while waiting for a chance to respond. Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings. The beauty of listening is that, those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking their words more seriously and discovering their own true selves. Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.

We have approximately 80+ church families in Redwoods Presbytery who have lost their homes. Fifty-six of those are from First Presbyterian Church, Santa Rosa. There are many others who have lost income and businesses. We are here not only for our own; we are here for all. "For God so loved the world." The world is our family. The world is God's family. We know this in Redwoods.

Last Sunday, an elder who has served Redwoods in very powerful ways and who lost absolutely everything in the fire, came to me. He put both hands on my shoulders, looked me squarely in my eyes and said, "Bob, I am going to be fine." My eyes were filled with tears. His eyes were filled with hope.

Thank you all for your faith and ministry. Thanks be to God. With love, Bob Conover

 

              

Our History

In the Beginning...

In 1957, ninety-five faithful dreamers planted the seed and leaned into God’s calling to be a Presbyterian presence in southern Marin County (California). Sunday servicesstain glass window were held in burlap-lined quarters over Herbert’s Sherbet Shop on the Tiburon Boardwalk. Children attended Sunday School in two Northwest Pacific railroad cars. In 1960, the congregation celebrated the transition to the current location with a small sanctuary, classrooms and offices. In 1991, a beautiful new sanctuary was dedicated. Since our beginning, six pastors, two dozen interns, five parish associates and hundreds of elders and deacons have guided the congregation.

              60thanniversaryIn 2017, we're celebrating our 60th Anniversary!