In our tradition, elders are elected representatives of the congregation and with the pastors, attend to the administration 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.
Deacons are specially trained to visit the sick and those who are confined to their homes, address community problems, and care for both the congregation and the community. Deacons are also elected by the congregation and ordained to their work. They may serve up to two three-year terms of office.
Westminster’s work is primarily organized through 10 committees comprised of at least one elder and one deacon and several members at large. Anyone is welcome to participate in the work of these groups. Please contact Pastor Rob McClellan or Pastor Bethany Nelson if interested in learning more about serving on a commission.
Buildings and Grounds: is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the entire church site, including building and equipment repair and modifications and custodial services. Elder Bill Hasler, Deacon Gary Carlson.
Communications: connects with the community to share news of upcoming programs, activities, and events happening at Westminster. Elder Chris Brettingen, Deacon Suzanne Grady.
Community Service: is responsible for promoting service in the community and advocacy around issues that reflect WPC’s vision and core values. Elder Suzanne Mellen, Deacon Mark Sachs.
Congregational Life: furthers relationships within our own church community, including hosting the after-worship coffee hour and periodic lunches, the fall in-gathering brunch, small group dinners, new member receptions, and the annual church picnic. Elders Randy Huyser and Malia Peterson, Deacon Jacquie Dara.
Finance: is responsible for the annual budget and special funding, and liaises with other financial entities in the church such as the Legacy Fund and Capital Campaign. Elders Amanda Bush and Claude Hemphill, Deacon Jerry Eaton.
Spiritual Life: offers worship experiences, classes, materials, and retreats that help individuals think about and expand their own spiritual life. Elders Jim Arce and Susan Bertelsen, Deacon Coral Kisseberth.
Stewardship: is responsible for the annual fundraising campaign, creating a culture of giving and keeping the congregation engaged and up to date throughout the year. Elders Mary Beth Culler and Valerie Harrison, Deacon Maryland Swensen.
Westminster Events: is a new kind of “community learning center” bringing compelling, diverse, and inspiring classes, workshops, and programs to Marin and the expanded Bay Area. Elder Lucy Carrico, Deacon Linden Berry.