MEET OUR STAFF
Reverend Therin Fenner
Therin hails from Nashville, Tennessee by way of a few other places. Prior to joining the staff at Westminster, she worked in the consulting and nonprofit industries. She also spent a year in new church development in Mukilteo, Wash. In her unscheduled time, she loves getting to know her neighbors, watching hockey, playing cello at a beginner level, and doing just about anything with her family. She and her college sweetheart, Alex, have three kids.
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Lara joined the staff of Westminster in 2011. Lara is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ. Lara is commited to creating an open and affirming youth group for any young person in grades 6-12. Working together with youth and their families, Lara seeks to provide a meaningful application of the scripture for modern young people. She most enjoys when we get out of the building and serve the community and build relationships with each other. Transplants to Washington State, Lara and her wife and 2 children are building a hobby farm with chickens, goats, and a host of other critters.
Sarah graduated from Trinity Lutheran College in 2007 with a BA in Biblical Studies. She spends her free time writing novels, painting, and reading anything that piques her interest. Sarah and her husband, Steven, along with their beagle, Emmie, have lived in Olympia since November 2017. The couple welcomed their first child, Sebastian, in December of 2018.
Director of Music Ministries / Church Administrator
Clara is thrilled to be the Director of Music Ministries at WPC! She graduated with her MA in Choral Conducting from Western Washington University in 2018. Clara believes that music, specifically singing, should be accessible to everyone no matter what their age or musical background. The scriptures tell us to "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord" and Clara hopes to embody that fully at Westminster. Outside of work, Clara enjoys crocheting, baking, being outdoors, and spending time with her cat, Izzy. She looks forward to being in touch with you about all the wonderful musical opportunities Westminster holds!
Lawrence came to Westminster in 2014. He is married to Andrea and has five children: Cassy, Isabella, Lauren, Jacob and Ariela. Lawrence loves serving, volunteering and learning new skills. "God, wife, family is the order to my life."
Bell Choir Director
Leah came to Westminster as the Handbell Choir Director in 2011. She has been ringing handbells for over 25 years, and directing for 15 years. Concurrently, she directs Alleluia! Handbell Ensemble of Olympia First Christian Church and the Jeffords Memorial Handbell Choir of First United Methodist Church of Olympia, and rings with the handbell choir of The United Churches of Olympia. She especially enjoys participating in the music ministry at WPC. The WPC Bell Choir welcomes new ringers with or without experience. Together we help each other learn, develop skills and grow in appreciation of God’s gift of music.
Hope Village Coordinator
Shelby is a longtime resident of Olympia whose passion for Thurston County continues to grow abundantly. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2017 with a BA in Sociology, a minor in Geography, and a minor in Communication Studies-- complete with a large dream of changing the world through human connection, sustainable development, and a community founded on robust services for everyone. With the help of her husband, Zack, they built their very own tiny house which they have lived in for the last two years. Together, they love to garden + raise chickens, explore on skis, bikes, surfboards, cook delicious food, and spend time with their wonderful community. When she is not having fun with Zack or working with Hope Village, she is a wedding + portrait Photographer and runs a small-scale pottery business.