About us

our History:

Westminster has roots in the Presbyterian Church of the United States. We are part of the John Calvin Presbytery and attend events held by the PCUSA throughout the year, sending students, staff, and adults. To learn more about the Presbyterian Church, click the link below.

 

Our church has been a pillar in the greater Springfield area since 1864. Our current building was constructed in the 1960s, making it one of the four 'faces' of Westminster since its origin. Today, Westminster is a diverse community of believers brought together by the transforming grace of Jesus Christ.

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our leadership:
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Rev. Micki Pulleyking, PhD
Madeleine Zahn

Pastor

pastor@westminstersgf.org

Micki is a “preacher and a teacher”; she calls the church the "grace of her life" (in spite of the reality that the church she grew up in would not allow her to preach because of her gender) and the university classroom is her "sanctuary".  Micki earned her Master of Divinity degree in New Testament, and Gender Studies from Harvard University and her PhD in Philosophy of Religion at Boston University.

 

Dr. Mick also earned a premier degree from the University of Strasbourg, France, having been awarded the Rotary International Fellowship. Studying in London, Strasbourg and traveling the world for more than a year, opened her heart and mind to the beauty of this earth and all of the humans who inhabit it.

 

Pastor Micki is a certified grief therapist with a heart of compassion She has mourned the deaths of her child, mom, dad, and her God idea. Micki’s favorite title is being mom—to two twenty somethings—Spenser and Quinlan. She loves life--where in the impossible we find our hope.

Ministry Assistant 

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Madeleine graduated from Missouri State University in 2020 with a degree in Geography and received a graduate certificate in Geospatial Information Sciences in 2021. Upon graduation, she spent a year in Morocco working as fellow at Al Akhawayn University. She is a Springfield native and enjoys reading and trying new recipes in her free time. Madeleine appreciates Westminster's devotion to social justice and community involvement. 

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Lynda Crowder
Lucas Brantley

Pianist 

Lynda grew up in Springfield and graduated from Parkview High School. She holds degrees from Missouri State in music education, speech and theatre, and educational administration. She also has a Doctor of Education from University of Arkansas.

Lynda's professional career was spent in Springfield Public Schools. Lynda taught music at Pipkin Jr. High, worked in several capacities in the Gifted Program and also in professional development.

She previously served as the Director of Children's Choir and Bell Choir, St. Paul United Methodist Church and the organist and choir director at Southminster Presbyterian Church

 

She is married to her husband, Bob, mother to two sons, and grandmother to one grandson.

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 Lucas has lived in Springfield and been a member of this church for fourteen years. He graduated from Missouri State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. He is currently working as a Pharmacy Technician at Mercy Hospital in Springfield and plans to continue his education to become a licensed Pharmacist.

Eric Eichenberger

Director of Music

Eric has had the pleasure of being the Music Minister at Westminster for over 10 years. In addition to his church position, Eric is the Director of Choir at Central High School and the Artistic Director for the Boys Choir of Springfield.  Previously he has held director positions at Joplin High School and Springfield Catholic Schools. Prior to choral conducting, Eric spent 11 years as a professional performer performing on stages throughout the country.

 

Eric received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Hastings College (Nebraska). He completed his Masters in Music and Masters of Arts in Teaching at Missouri State University.

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