Staff Directory


buran2Rev. Dr. Buran Phillips

Senior Pastor
865-584-3957, ext 102
buran_wpc@comcast.net

Rev. Dr. Buran Phillips was called as Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in January, 2006. He and his wife, Deborah have three sons, Chris, Sam and Jake. They have served churches in Indiana, Tennessee, Florida, Texas and now back again in Tennessee. Buran is originally from Berea, Kentucky. He graduated from Berea College and went on to receive his M.Div. degree from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. He also has a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Vanderbilt University.



john-muntzRev. John Muntz 

Parish Associate
865-584-3957, ext 210
rev.johnmuntz@gmail.com

Bringing more than 40 years of pastoral experience, Rev. John Linton Muntz was appointed Parish Associate for Westminster in September, 2010. In his part time role, he provides general pastoral services in support of Dr. Phillips, consultation to staff and lay leadership, and regularly assists in worship leadership, preaching occasionally. A graduate of Princeton Seminary, John is trained in transitional ministry and group process. With his spouse, Ibbie they are parents of four and grandparents of four.


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Peter Van Eenam
Organist and Choirmaster
865-584-3957, ext 109 peter_wpc@comcast.net

Peter Van Eenam has served as Organist and Choirmaster at Westminster Church since November 1981, following a similar appointment at Lord of Light Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has frequently prepared choruses for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and has taught choral conducting at the University of Tennessee, where he also led the Women’s Chorale. As a harpsichordist, he plays continuo with the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on concerti by C. P. E. and J. S. Bach. He received his degrees from the University of Michigan, where he studied organ with Robert Clark, choral conducting with Lawrence Marsh, and harpsichord and Baroque performance practice with Edward Parmentier and Gary Miller. Peter and his wife, Anne, have two grown daughters, Jennifer and Kathryn, living in Seattle and Berlin, Germany, respectively.

 

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Barbara Adamcik
Director of Youth and Connectional Ministries
865-584-3957, ext 104
wpcyouth.barbara@gmail.com

Barbara Adamcik has been a youth director since 2005, and Westminster’s Director of Youth since 2010. In 2012, she also became the Director of Connectional Ministries at Westminster. Before becoming a full-time church professional, Barbara has been a professional symphony musician and teacher of students age 5 to adult. She has earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a Master’s degree from Southern Methodist University. Barbara loves facilitating connections and enjoying moments with the incredible Westminster community – a beautiful corner of God’s kingdom!! She and her husband, Bob, have two wonderful children: Eric and Emma!



reneeRenee Wiesehuegel

Office Manager and Bookkeeper
865-584-3957, ext 100
renee_wpc@comcast.net

Renee Wiesehuegel became Westminster’s Office Manager / Bookkeeper in November of 1998. A graduate of The University of Tennessee in Finance, Renee enjoys the combination of both the bookkeeping responsibilities as well as the interaction with Westminster’s family of faith! Her primary responsibilities include maintaining the church office as the primary “communication hub”, keeping the church calendar, email correspondences, answering the phone, publications for the staff, session, and Ministry teams, and all the bookkeeping. She and her family joined Westminster in April of 1998.

 

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Mary Boyd
Adult Education Coordinator
865-584-3957, ext 106
marybwpc@gmail.com

Mary Boyd, Adult Education Coordinator, joined the staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church in June of 2014. Her responsibilities include planning and implementing programs for adult Sunday school and Wednesday evening programs, as well as planning Westminster’s Speaker Series. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, and holds a Certificate in Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has served as an educator at two other PCUSA churches. She and her husband, Jim, have two grown sons and daughters-in-law, and three beautiful granddaughters.


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Debbie Bendy
Editor, Westminster Abbey
865-693-0212
unitedprinters@comcast.net

Debbie has been Westminster’s Abbey editor since January, 2003. She and her family have been members of the Westminster family of faith since 1996.


Note: Friedrich Schilling, Jr., our minister for nineteen years, retired on August 15, 2004, with the honorary designation Minister Emeritus.