Rev. Dr. Richard Coble
Pastor/Head of Staff
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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 served 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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Sophia Manrod is our Director of Children’s Ministries. She is responsible for developing, coordinating and administrating all aspects related to children’s ministries at Westminster from birth to fourth grade, as well as family and young women’s fellowship opportunities. Sophia is no stranger to Westminster – she and her family have been members since Sophia was in the fourth grade. She is excited about building relationships with our youth as well as with the parents. She is a sophomore at Pellissippi State Community College studying for her Special Education degree with a minor in History.
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 Jeff, along with their children Finley and Sawyer moved to Tennessee in 2007. Joanna graduated from Miami University with a BS degree in Marketing and Art. Later she went on to NC State University where she earned a MS in Forestry. Prior to coming to Knoxville she has lived in Illinois, Idaho, and Oregon. In her off-time she enjoys leather working, playing with her dogs and chickens.
This position has primary responsibility for the tech side of the services. Arthur streams Westminster services on YouTube and sets up the audio for outside services. They are a senior in high school and interested in pursuing a career in art and animation.
This position focuses on health education and programming, visits to home-bound members, coordination with the Congregational Care Team, consultation regarding access to community resources, and quarterly blood pressure checks. A native North Carolinian, Linda and husband, Norman, have lived in Knoxville since 1997. They have one daughter, Caroline, who lives in Nashville. With experience in medical-surgical nursing and over twenty years as a hospice nurse, she holds degrees from Mars Hill University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, University of Kentucky, and Middle Tennessee State University. She enjoys tennis, reading, puzzles, sewing, cross-stitch, and time at the beach.
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.