Westminster Presbyterian Church seeks a Praise Band
Director to direct all music activity at its 9 a.m. contemporary
worship service each Sunday. Skills include singing and playing
an instrument. Candidate must have a vibrant faith along with
experience singing, playing an instrument (preferably piano) and
directing singers and musicians in worship. This is a part-time
position, up to 10 hours a week. Salary commensurate with
experience. Please send resume to Pastor Wes Nordman at
After graduating with her M.Div. from McCormick Seminary in Hyde
Park Chicago, Pastor Celeste’s first call was as an Associate
with FPC Tracy CA, so Westminster feels a bit of a coming full
circle. Celeste is passionate about Transitional Ministry and all
the ways God shows up to encourage and empower churches ready to
trust the Holy Spirit’s energy and wisdom.
As a proud Lebanese, Rola Al Ashkar comes to us with a
Multicultural Ministry background. Rola had previously served
Parkview Presbyterian Church and the national office of Vital
Congregations. She now sits on the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s
Her passion for community building, church ministry, and yoga has
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 Worshiping Community that uses yoga and
Christian spirituality as a means of healing.
Betsy is a lifelong Presbyterian who has served as a youth elder,
choir member, elder, trustee, and committee chair in Memphis,
Boston, and Baltimore churches. During her 20-year membership at
Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, she
taught Sunday School from pre-school to the middle grades,
took part in a team that ran Vacation Bible School,
worked to institute an annual retreat, and helped to launch a
Wednesday night dinner program.
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.
Janet is a native Sacramentan whose love of singing in choir when
she was 8 led Janet to earn her Bachelor of Music in Voice
Performance at Cincinnati University (Conservatory of Music).
Janet has sung in the Cincinnati Opera and San Francisco Opera
companies throughout her career, received her California Teacher
Credential and Master of Music, Voice Performance, and has
conducted choirs in several other churches. She continues to
teach school choirs from elementary to high school.
Joshua grew up listening to his family’s different music
tastes, influencing his love of music. He first started
performing music playing snare drum and xylophone in 8th grade,
and then quickly fell in love with choir by his sophomore year of
high school and guitar by his junior year. Through
American River College and Professor Lee Hoffman,
Joshua joined Westminster’s choir as tenor section leader
and now, through that, the opportunity to be Praise Band
Portia Njoku is a local musician in the Sacramento region. She
plays tuba, composes music, teaches private lessons, and teaches
college courses at Folsom Lake College. Ms. Njoku also enjoys the
field of Commercial Music and is happy to be providing quality
sound to Westminster’s church services and events. When she is
not busy making music, she likes to cook, play tennis, and hang
out with friends and family.
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.
Samantha is your first point of contact when you visit or
call Westminster Church during our weekly operating hours.
She can answer almost any question you ask. If she can’t
immediately assist you, she will connect you to the appropriate
individual who can! She also coordinates the
weekly bulletin, room rentals, including
weddings/receptions, and whatever else comes flying her way
in the course of a typical weekday.
Michelle comes to Westminster with decades of experience as
an elementary school teacher and mother of 3.
She lends her creative talents to Westminster in
developing scripture-related art projects and assisting in
the set design for our Vacation Bible School themes. She
also substitutes for our Director of Youth and Children’s
Ministry when needed.