Rev. Karen J. Kelley, Pastor
Karen has been the pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church since 1989. She is originally from Parma, Ohio, and is a graduate of The College of Wooster (B.A. in Mathematics and Music) and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (M.Div.) Karen is very active in the Presbytery of Lake Michigan, and also serves on the Design Team for Covenant Gathering, an intergenerational summer conference. Along side of ministry, and sometimes overlapping with it, she plays violin in the Jackson Community Strings, and enjoys watercolor painting and creating other art. She and her husband Brian Kelley have family scattered across the country, and share their home with a demanding cat. Prior to coming to Westminster, she served Freeport Presbyterian Church in Freeport, OH and Nottingham Presbyterian Church in Cadiz, OH.
Jon Krueger, Music Director &
Jon has been a musician his entire life. From accompanying and coaching singers and instrumentalists, studying music theory and history, to conducting ensembles of various sizes and skill levels, Jon is the consummate professional. As a composer, Jon’s works number in the hundreds, including music for churches, orchestras, choirs and various instrumental ensembles. As an arranger, Jon has adopted music from Christmas carols for ensembles while accomplishing his church work, to standard and contemporary hymnody to suit the people in his groups at any given time, as well as secular work. He also enjoys creating descants and has a long line of enjoyable countermelodies to many hymns. Jon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, studying at the well-respected Cleveland Music School Settlement, winning awards for composition and piano before leaving the area. He also won awards in piano and music direction in both Illinois and Michigan, and has played concerti with various orchestras and commissioned works from fellow area composers as circumstances permitted.
Jon is also an avid ecologist, civil rights advocate and cat supporter.