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Westminster is privileged to have two long-term co-pastors, Brian and Ruth Hamilton, known for their creative, authentic, and innovative ministry. They continue to grow in their relationship with God and the community.  They are servant leaders and respectful partners of every church officer and member in their spiritual journey.  

Brian, ordained on Sept 9, 1992, has served parishes in Philadelphia, Detroit and Westminster.   He's a second-career pastor, working before as a sociology professor and community developer. Brian grew up in Princeton, Maine.  He received his BA in Sociology from Eastern Baptist College. He received his Master of Divinity from Union Theological in New York City.  Ask about his stained glass flame and his love of jazz and blues.

Ruth is a 3rd generation Presbyterian pastor, ordained in 1983.  She has served parishes in Northern California (1983-1990), Detroit (1990-1995), Westminster (1996-).  Born in New Mexico, raised in Arkansas, graduated HS at Chautauqua NY and BA from Trinity Univ. in San Antonio, TX.   She earned her Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary.   Brian and Ruth have two sons, Erik and Roman.

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About Westminster

Westminster DC

Founded: 1853

Part Of: Presbyterian Church (USA)--

National Capital Presbytery

Mission: Building multi-cultural communities of God's people ...

  • who celebrate and worship,
  • who show care and compassion,
  • who seek justice and wellness with all.

The ordained officers of a Presbyterian congregation are called elders.    The active Ruling Elders, together with the Pastors, are called The Session.   Officers are elected by the congregation and oversee all aspects of the church's life and mission.  Here are photos of those who will comprise the Session starting January.

Partners in the Gospel

Disciples--the people who love and serve God

Meet Our Pastors


Westminster could not happen without the support of Debbie Jefferson, Church Administrator.  She istypically in the office Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9-3.  Debbie is the point of contact for all facility use and parking lot.  She will make you feel at home.

All those committed to God, who are trying to grow in faith and let their lives reflect the love of God are the actual ministers of Westminster.  If you don't have a community of faith out of which to grow and serve, we invite you to make Westminster your church family.

Kid's Church Co-Coordinator

Elder and mother, Bazi Kanani, is co-ordinating our growing Kids' Church and Family program--from organizing and leading our Sunday morning multi-age Kids' Church, working with volunteers, planning special activities and Young Adult and Family gatherings. 

A new grant will allow us to expand this position.