Church Staff


Westminster Church Staff


Wes Nordman
Pastor, Head of Staff

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Rev. Wes Nordman joined Westminster Presbyterian as Pastor and Head of Staff in January, 2012. He most recently served Woodland Park Presbyterian in Seattle, Washington as Senior Pastor. Prior, Wes served in churches in California and Utah. Wes graduated with his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained in the PC(USA) in 1993.

(916) 442-8939 Ext. 306

Rola Al Ashkar
Ministry Assistant for Outreach and Christian Education

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As a proud Lebanese, Rola Al Ashkar comes to us with a Multicultural Ministry background. Rola had previously served Parkview Presbyterian Church, as well as the national office of Vital Congregations. She now sits on the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s board.

Her passion for community building, church ministry and yoga have led her to Westminster, where she serves in Outreach and Christian education. Her goal in the next two years is to create and sustain a New Worshipping Community that uses yoga and Christian spirituality as a means of healing.


(916) 442-8939 Ext. 307

Betsy Nix
Director of Children's Ministry

(916) 442-8939 Ext. 309

Mark Hargreaves
Youth Leader

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Mark is well-versed in the youth ministry of Westminster! As a church member for more than 25 years his own three children have gone through Westminster’s youth programs, and he has been extensively involved with their activities.

“I enjoy working with youth and teaching them about God’s wonders and life lessons,” he says. In addition to planning outings and events for Westminster’s middle and high school members he will also lead Sunday classes for them.

(916) 442-8939 Ext. 316

Brad Slocum
Organist / Music at Noon Program Director

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Brad Slocum is a native Californian, a Magna Cum Laude music graduate of San Francisco State University, and a published choral arranger. He relocated to Sacramento in 2002 after retiring from the De Anza College Music Department in Cupertino, California, where he was Staff Accompanist, Director of the De Anza Chorale, and Voice Coach and Instructor for 17 years.

(916) 442-8939 Ext. 315

Lee Hoffman-Rubin
Director of Choirs

(916) 442-8939 ext. 308

Chris Borton
Praise Band Leader

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Chris became a part of the Westminster staff in August of 2017. “I feel I’m being led to this church,” said Chris, who has been playing in bands for a “lifetime.” As a pianist, cellist, and vocalist, her many skills will enhance the already thriving group at the 9 a.m. service. For a long time she had been praying about a way to incorporate her love of music with her faith, and when she heard about the Praise Band position she immediately applied.


Christine Richers
Audio/Visual Technician

Christine Richers is an audio engineer with a background in live events audio, audio mixing, and recording. In the past, they have worked at several music venues in Sacramento, as well as the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis. Christine is grateful for the opportunity to help Westminster Presbyterian Church with their in-person and livestreamed services.


Rebecca Venegas
Finance / Office and Facilities Administrator

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Rebecca is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of our beautiful historic building, coordinating contractors, volunteers and all kinds of needed experts. In her spare time (ha!) she also handles monetary pledges, payments, monthly parking spaces and any other items that need attention. 

(916) 442-8939 Ext. 304

Samantha Jones
Administrative Assistant/Events Coordinator

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Samantha handles room rentals & weddings, as well as the weekly bulletin, parking, and whatever else comes flying her way in the course of a typical weekday. She is also the publisher of the monthly Westminster newsletter and maintains the website and Facebook page.

If you need to talk to Samantha, she’s in the office Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. 

(916) 442-8939 Ext. 301

Ed Vlaanderen
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Ed has been a member of WPC, along with his husband, Todd, and their son, Gabriel, since 2012. Ed retired in 2013 and has concentrated on hobbies and napping. He and Todd welcomed their first Grandson (Gabe Jr.) in June and the baby has become the focus of much joy and happiness in their lives. Ed’s in the office on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every other Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. E-mail him at

(916) 442-8930 Ext. 302

Lee Propps
Daytime Custodian