Items of business will include: electing the Class of 2019 and 2020 Ruling Elders, Class of 2020 Pastoral Deacons, and the 2018 Nominating Committee Elders. Childcare will be available for infants through Pre-K.
Here is the slate of officers with bios:
Ruling Elders, Class of 2019
Christa Livermon has been a member at Westminster for 18 years. She is married to Randy Livermon and is mother to Billy (19) and Anna and Garrett (15) Livermon. She teaches second grade at Brownsville Elementary school and enjoys reading, running, and gardening in her spare time.
Candace Spence is a Charlottesville native, but left after graduating from UVA and settled in Fredericksburg, VA, where she raised her family. She was an active member at The Presbyterian Church in downtown Fredericksburg, where she taught Sunday School, led Vacation Bible School and worked with the Micah Ecumenical Ministries (homeless services) and Food Pantry. She returned to Charlottesville in 2012 and joined Westminster Presbyterian Church. She is married to Dave Spence and together have 5 children: Chip, Ginny and Branner Johnston, and Caroline and James Spence. She recently started a new job at S&P Global as a Business Analyst.
Ruling Elders, Class of 2020
Jim Cauthen was born and raised in Charlottesville and was baptized and confirmed at Westminster. He and his wife, Helen, moved back to Charlottesville about five years ago after stops in Kentucky, New Jersey, and North Carolina, where he was active in each community’s Presbyterian Church. Jim commutes to New York during the academic year, where he is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. At Westminster, he’s served as an usher and PACEM volunteer.
Dana Eastman has lived in Charlottesville for over two years. She lives in Redfields with her husband and 3 dogs. She is a retired school teacher and has worked for a private caterer. Her faith is inspired by her parents who were devout Presbyterians and taught her to serve. She has served on the Worship Committee, Children & Family Committee, Membership Committee and taught Sunday School.
Dan Heuchert has previously served Westminster as an elder (1999-2002) and deacon (2013-16), as well as a youth leader and member of the PACEM, IMPACT, Prism, Mission Endowment and Peace & Justice committees. On weekdays, he is Assistant Director of University News at UVA and is a co-chair of Albemarle County’s 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee. He and his wife, Lisa, are the now-empty-nesting parents of Michelle (24) and Jonathan (20). Dan, 53, can often be found in the stands at various sporting events, attempting to slow the aging process at ACAC and occasionally playing church softball.
Will Hochstetler joined Westminster in 1986. He is ordained as an elder, served on the PNC for Ken Henry and the Interim-DCE Search Committee for Lynne Clements. He has taught the J2A and YAC+ classes, traveled with them on a Pilgrimage to Colorado and Mission trip to Charlotte, is currently serving on the Youth Committee and previously chaired the Administrative Division. Will and his wife, Beth, have three grown children, Ben, Jake and Rachel, and he works at General Electric.
Jeannie Miller grew up in the Shenandoah Valley with her three brothers, and was a member of the Greenmount Church of the Brethren. This denomination taught her about peace, simple living and the foundation that each individual can have a unique relationship with Christ. She did undergraduate work at Bridgewater College and graduate work at James Madison University. She joined Westminster in 2015 with her spouse, Keri. Their son Bode is 18 months old and loves the nursery and his good teachers here. They hope he, too, will make his own personal decision about his walk with Christ.
Alyce Outlaw became a member of Westminster in 1990. She and Mark were married here in 1991 and their 2 children, Mac and Caroline, greatly enjoyed the children and youth programs at WPC. Alyce has previously served on Session and she currently teaches the 3rd and 4th grade church school class, is an usher team captain, and is on the Financial Review committee. She works in software sales for IBM, likes to run and loves to visit national parks with her family.
Ken Young has been a member of Westminster for approximately 17 years now. Ken and Laura have been long time residents of Charlottesville and are pleased to call it home. His work experiences have been varied, but for the most part, he has worked for non-profit organizations that served people with disabilities, in addition to assisting aid and relief organizations. He’s very proud of his international upbringing and feels that it has broadened his spiritual growth and journey as a Christian. Westminster has been a wonderful church home to his family and the special people here have been a true blessing in his life.
Pastoral Deacons, Class of 2020
Debby Garth chose to be called ‘Nana’ by her four granddaughters who enjoy much of her attention since she retired as a nurse. First elected a deacon in Portsmouth, VA, she volunteers with International Neighbors and gardens with her husband David. They have four children, a son and daughter in Charlottesville and two sons in California. She looks forward to joining the pastoral deacons, an opportunity she has not had in the past.
Cheryl Oliver and Elton, and their children, Zach, Will and Dora joined Westminster church in 1994. Cheryl taught pre-school Sunday school and has been a teacher for the Open Doors class for several years. She has been a member of several committees including Fellowship, IMPACT, PACEM and the Nominating Committees. She has previously served the church as a deacon and elder. During her term as elder she was the Session liaison for the deacons.
Rob Smith joined Westminster in the 1990s with his wife, Crystal. Their daughter, Anna was baptized here not long after her arrival from China. He appreciates worshipping at Westminster and loves his Westminster family. He is active in church missions and on committees. He has taught Sunday School, he helped to lead a J2A class and has gone on a pilgrimage. He is an elder and has served as a deacon previously.
Leanna Whitmore joined Westminster in 2016, but she and her husband, Lacy, have attended Westminster for over 30 years. They have both been very active at Westminster and involved in different capacities such as teaching in the church school program and serving on Mission and Outreach committees.
The Nominating Committee for 2018:
Nicholas Bird, youth
Taryn Cowles, youth
Plus two outgoing elders to be selected.