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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

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.

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Joe Emery

Youth Director

Joe is a student at Missouri State University and will soon complete his degree in Religious Studies. He moved to Springfield in 2019 from St. Louis. Joe enjoys doing livestream at Westminster and attending events with the youth group.

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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