Rev. Dr. Buran Phillips
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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.
Rev. John Muntz
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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.
Peter Van Eenam
Organist and Choirmaster
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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.
Director of Children’s Ministries
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Angela Grobe, Director of Children’s Ministries: Angela Grobe has been working with the children at Westminster since 1994. Primary duties include overseeing Nursery Staffing, policies, and oversite, staffing our Sunday School program with Teachers and Shepherds, selecting curriculum and implementing programming for Vacation Bible School and special programs related to children. She and her husband Mark have been members of Westminster since 1992 and are the parents of three boys Matt, and twins Tom and Andy. Angela is in the process of gaining certification and has attended courses at Columbia Theological Seminary, and Montreat College.
Director of Youth and Connectional Ministries
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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!
Office Manager and Bookkeeper
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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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Sandra Williams joined Westminster Presbyterian as a member in 2005 and administrative assistant in 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Texas Tech University. She and her husband, Wes, have one son, Spencer.
Adult Education Coordinator
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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.
Editor, Westminster Abbey
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.