Westminster is privileged to have two long-term co-pastors, Brian and Ruth Hamilton, known for their creative, authentic, and innovative ministry that began in Feb. 1996. 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. Brian represents Westminster with Black Presbyterians United, Presbytery's Affordable Housing and Urban Ministries Networks.

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 grown sons, Erik and Roman.   Ruth serves as Secretary of the Board of the United Planning Organization (UPO), the largest and most comprehensive social service agency in DC.

Church Administrator

Sunday chef, Lenora Baker, has been cooking for her large family for years.  She has also learned a lot as part of the SW Catering staff.  As part of Westminster's Building Relationships Ministry, she shows her love of cooking every Sunday morning, preparing a hot breakfast for all who come between 9:45-10:45.  Freewill offering accepted.

Sunday Breakfast Chef

About Westminster

Sunday Musicians

Westminster DC

Founded: 1853

Part Of: Presbyterian Church (USA)--

National Capital Presbytery

Mission: Building rhythm together for Christ's Love...

  • through corporate worship,
  • building relationships,
  • living our social justice mission,
  • and telling our stories.

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, along with the pastors, are the spiritual leaders overseeing all aspects of the church's life and mission.  Here are photos of Elders by Class Year and other appointed ministry leaders.

Partners in the Gospel

In December 2018, the Session decided to start bringing in our great musical partners from the DC community.  Whether a jazz quartet, a blues band, a Gospel choir or other choral ensemble, we are loving the inspiring quality and rich variety of ways to praise God with music.  Sign up for weekly emails so you know who's up next.

Disciples--the people who love and serve God

Meet Our Pastors

Officers and Other Servant Leaders

Westminster could not happen without the support of Debbie Jefferson, Church Administrator.  She is typically 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.

Building Rhythm Together for Christ's Love