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.
Rev. Gradye Parsons
The Rev. Gradye Parsons is a retired Presbyterian minister living on a farm in Kodak, Tennessee with his wife Kathy. Gradye served two congregations as pastor, The Newport Presbyterian Church and the Windsor Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tennessee. He later served as the Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk in Holston Presbytery. He worked in the Office of the General Assembly in Louisville and served as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly from 2008-2016. He is the author of a recent book Our Connectional Church. He recently servered almost two years as interim minister of the Fountain City Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN.
Gradye is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He and Kathy have a son Josh who is an assistant district attorney in Kingsport and a daughter Rachel who is also a Presbyterian minister serving as chaplain of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. They have three grandchildren: Dylan, Brandon and Bridget.
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!
Director of Children Ministries
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Allie Carey Brewington is our new Interim Director of Children’s Ministries! This staff position is responsible for developing, coordinating and administrating all aspects related to children’s ministries at Westminster from birth to fifth grade. Allie is no stranger to Westminster – she and her family have been members all of Allie’s life. She is excited about building relationships with our youth as well as with the parents. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2013 at the University of Tennessee with a Master of Science in Teacher Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Elementary Education. She recently taught Kindergarten at Dogwood Elementary School from 2014 to 2017.
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.
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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This staff position includes a variety of jobs: support staff to the minister, membership secretary, pastoral care secretary, prepares all the weekly deposits, bulletins, and assists the Office Manager in other duties when needed. She and James, along with their sweet children Eli and Cole, have been members since 2014. Melissa graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies, Therapeutic Recreation Major Concentration. Prior to the birth of her two boys, she provided leadership as the Service Manager for a local Banquet and Catering company for 8 years. She also worked as an Office Manager for two years. She is a self-taught quilter and textile artist.
The growth of our wonderful Westminster youth program has created a need for an additional part-time staff person to provide program assistance throughout the school year and summer.
Daniel will be helping to plan and administrate Sunday morning programming, help with our Sunday evening events, and lead one of the 3 weeks in the summer when the youth do summer mission/service work (like Win Our World [WOW] ministry.) Daniel and his wife, Melanie, joined Westminster over a year ago. They both have volunteered with our Westminster youth since they joined! (Melanie is our kickball “ringer”!)
Daniel has years of experience working with youth programs at both the local and district level. Daniel is also a free-lance writer. (You may recognize him as the writer and producer of our 2018 WPC Children’s Christmas Drama!) We are excited and blessed to welcome him as the newest member of our Westminster staff!
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. Sadly, he passed away on July 20, 2017.