Sandy has been a member of Westminster since 2014, and was previously a member of First Presbyterian Church of Mason for over 20 years. She's a graduate of Fowlerville High School, and Michigan State Univertisy with a major in agricultural communications. Sandy spent her career in the publications field, primarily in design and production, and moved to the Jackson area in 2010 to become nanny to her two gradaughters while her daughter and son-in-law work. She enjoys reading, and is just getting back into painting. Sandy sings in the church choir and in Sweet Adelines.
Cindy Spiess, Session Member
Cindy became a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in 2015, previously from Brooklyn Presbyterian Church, where she served two terms as a deacon and one term as an elder. Cindy is the mother of 2 daughters, stepmother of 3 sons and has 7 grandchildren. She's a retired social worker who worked in Family Preservation. Cindy enjoys vacationingwith her husband Bob, cooking for and hanging out with family and friends. reading, hiking, art, kayaking, singing in the church choir and life in general. Cindy says, "I love our 'Little Church with a Big Heart'. Our members do so much for the community and for one another. We may be a small church, but we are mighty! Pastor Karen Kelley and her husband Brian are treasures and provide excellent leadership."
Kathy Johns, Session Member
Outreach Team Chairperson
Kathy has been a member of Westminster since 1996. She has been a youth leader and has gone on several of Westminster's mission trips in the past. She is currently serving as chairperson of
our Outreach team. As a retired registered nurse she enjoys spending time with her family and friends in the outdoors. Favorites include going to the beach, gardening, boating and walks in the woods. A native of Jackson, Kathy enjoys participating in the Westminster mission projects that serve our community.
Administration Team Co-Chair
Andy Rieman, Session Member
Worship & Nurture Team, Chairperson
Administration Team Member
Andy says, "I've been a member of WPC since 2005. I'm a retired (32 years) Jackson Public Schools teacher and coach. My wife Cat and I will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this December. Our son Scott is an engineer, and our daughter Libby is a (4th generation) teacher. I'm a sports official, working baseball and basketball, and I work part-time as a physical therapy aide in a local PT clinic. I enjoy playing volleyball, golf, and most any sport, reading Clive Cussler novels, cheering on the Detroit Tigers, and traveling with my family."
Cat Rieman, Session Member
Worship & Nurture Team
Cat is a life long Presbyterian with a little Baptist influence thrown in.
She is married Andy, and the mother of 2 adult children, Scott and Libby. Cat graduated from Ferris State University and has worked as apharmacist for 43 years, currently enjoying 2 part time positions --one in a local retail pharmacy; the other as a consultant in seniorliving homes.She recently became a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson.
She loves to spend her free time gardening, exercising, playing board games, and being with her family. Cat is nearing the completion of her 6th year on Session at Westminster,and will be retiring from that position in June. She hopes to continue toremain active on the Outreach Committee and the Worship and Nurture Committee.
Bob Spiess, Session Member
Administration Team Co-Chairperson
Bob has been a member of Westminster since 2016, becoming a Presbyterian after marrying his wife Cindy. He's the father of three sons, and proud grandpa to two grandkids and one more on the way. Bob is enjoying the retired life (from General Motors), along with vacationing, playing golf, and being in the church.
Marty Baumgartner, Session Member, Administration Team
I have been a member of WPC since 2006 serving as a member of session and the Administration team for the past 3 years. I am a retired quality engineer from Eaton Aerospace. I enjoy spending time with my family including wife Pat, daughter Holly and son -in - law Steve, son Adam and daughter -in - law Sheila and grandchildren Jack, Lily, Max, & Sofia. I enjoy spending at our cabin in Prudenville, fishing & hunting.
Christie Willcock, Session Member
Worship and Nurture Team
Christie is a retired teacher. She loves to garden and cook for her family and friends. Christie is a step-mother to six, Grammy to ten and also has one great grand-daughter. As with many small churches Christie has been a part of many things in the church including; being a member of the Worship and Nurture, Outreach, Administration committee and Session. She loves to make treats for coffee hour and work outside on the church grounds. Christie loves the people who attend Westminster, they are like an extended family, such a warm and loving group of people.
Marilyn Acton-Dowell, Session Member
Worship and Nurture Team
Marilyn has been a member of Westminster since 2009 and enjoys singing with the choir. She graduated from Michigan State University as a Medical Technologist, but switched careers late in life to earn a Masters of Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Marilyn is married, has two children, and loves to garden and do biblical research.
Administration Team Co-Chair
Charline became a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in 2009. She served on Session 2009-2015 and is currently co-chair of the Administration Team. She is actively involved in the Jackson Personal Care Ministry (JPCM) as the volunteer coordinator for WPC and restocks the pantry with supplies as needed.
Charline comes from a large family (10th of 10 children) and has been married 30 years to Sherman. She has one step-son Robert that resides in Houston TX. She works in Jackson for Carpenter Industrial Supply (Cisco) in accounting and quality control (30 years). In her spare time she can be found with her husband or dog Kane (or both) preferably on/near a lake on a boat of any size.
“As a long time Presbyterian (attending Brooklyn Pres from the age of 5), I was actively looking for a church to call home after a period of “religious abstinence”. I was so happy and relieved to find Westminster. I just cannot imagine there is a more welcoming, loving and accepting place of worship anywhere. Westminster fits me like a glove! Reverend Kelley (as well as many members of the congregation) has been my minister, counselor, friend and family and has always “answered my call” when needed Thank You!”