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Pastor: Pastor Matt Robinson says, “As a child, the first thing I learned about God, IMG_1273from my family and the church, is that “God is Love.”  The longer I am in ministry, the more I am convinced, that a core of the Gospel of Christ is simply about us sharing together and working together.

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 (NRSV)

Pastor Matt has been with West Pres since 2006 and can be reached at 815.725.6687 or rocknrev@westpresjoliet.org.

Office Administrator: Linda Bromer has been serving our congregation since 2006. Linda can be reached at 815.725.6687 or office@westpresjoliet.org.

Church Custodian: Mike Riley

Church Treasurer: Doug McNabb

Associate Treasurers: Doug Webb & Ronald Ballard

Chancel Choir Director: Barbara Pierce directs Westminster’s Chancel Choir. Music was always the center of Barb’s early life. Her grandmother sang her to sleep every night with Fanny Crosby hymns. She joined the children’s choir at Grace Methodist in St. Louis when she was 5 years old and was singing altopierce barbara by age 6. Barb picked up piano at age 3 by mimicking her sister’s piano lessons. Formal piano lessons began when Barb was 11, at which time she also learned to play the organ in church. Barbara’s father was a minister and would often ask her to play the organ for weddings. Barb sang in operettas and choruses throughout her school career, including membership in the Treble Clef Society of UC Berkeley, which was part of the Men’s Glee. Although musically inclined, Barb turned down three music scholarships to become a scientist. Barb’s college career in science led to a nursing degree, in which she used her beautiful voice by singing to ICU patients. Barb has directed chancel choirs for one Methodist and three Presbyterian churches. Barb still enjoys playing the organ and piano for pleasure.

Church Organist & Accompanist: Steven Eaklor is Westminster’s organist and accompanist. Mr. Eaklor is quite talented and is equally at home with the classical organ repertoire, theater, jazz and Gospel styles. Mr. Eaklor’s musical training began at the age of 6, at which time he began to play the Hammond Chord Organ. A few years later, he started studying Hammond console and spinet organs, and decided to pursue music as a career. He completed his formal study at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, earning a B.A. in Music Performance.eaklor

In his capacity as Director of Product Planning and Development with Hammond Organ Company, a position he held for 15 years (1988-2003), he was responsible for a great many of the sounds and features you will find on the new Hammond Organs. Since leaving Hammond, he has devoted his energies totally to music, with special emphasis on classical organ literature and Gospel, while continuing work on theatre and pop organ projects. In addition, he has been writing vocal and instrumental arrangements for various musical groups. In his performing career, Mr. Eaklor has amazed and delighted audiences in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and in such exotic places as Singapore and Malaysia, as well as all across the United States and Canada.

Bell Choir Director: Linda Evans directs Westminster’s Bell Choir. Linda graduated from Phillips University in Enid, OKlinda evans with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. She taught elementary and junior high music for 20 years, mostly in Minooka, IL. She has previously directed Westminster’s chancel and bell choirs, and also played in her church bell choir in Edmond, OK.  Linda recently retired from a 16-year career with Southwest Airlines.

Technology Director: Karen Williams leads our tech team for our worship services.

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