Pastors & Program Staff
Bill has been with Westminster since 2002. He served pastorates in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Midland, Texas, prior to his arrival at Westminster. Bill has recently served as the Moderator of Mission Presbytery and chair of Mission Presbytery’s General Council. He graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and Philosophy. Bill holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Bill and his wife Jill have three young adult children: Chris, Annie, and Sam. He is grateful to lead a caring and mission-minded congregation at Westminster. Bill enjoys cheering for the Houston Astros; reading history, biographies, and good fiction; watching movies; and traveling.Email Bill Clark
Ellen Williams Hensle
Associate Pastor of Youth and Discipleship
Ellen has been the associate pastor at Westminster since the fall of 2017. Westminster’s 6th through 12th graders and the church’s outreach and service to others are the foci of her work. She is currently serving as co-chair of Mission Presbytery’s Youth Connection Committee and on the presbytery’s General Council. Before moving to Texas to work at WPC, Ellen earned an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary and a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked in rare book and manuscript libraries and campus ministry before answering the call to seminary and ordained service in the PC(USA). Ellen enjoys playing the French horn in the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble and adventurous cooking projects with her husband Tom.Email Ellen Williams Hensle
Judy Hext Skaggs
Judy grew up in Eldorado, Texas. She attended North Texas State University majoring in music, and graduated from University of Houston with a BS of Ed. She then graduated from Austin Seminary with an MDiv. Judy has four grown children and six grandchildren who, fortunately for Judy, all live in the Austin area. Judy’s first call was to First Presbyterian Church of Smithville, where she was ordained on August 28, 1994. She also served Poiema, a Presbyterian Community as pastor from 1995-1998. Judy retired on September 1, 2011, after serving University Presbyterian Church in Austin as Associate Pastor for 13 years. Judy enjoys playing the piano and taking cello lessons, and also sewing, knitting, and cooking. During retirement, Judy hopes to do lots of grandmothering! She serves as Parish Associate at WPC, as chair of General Council for Mission Presbytery in 2012, and as a member of the planning team for the Mo Ranch Worship and Music Conference for 2013. And, all the while, is trying to discover what “Act 3” will be in its fullness!Email Judy Hext Skaggs
Lana joined the Westminster staff in 2016 and is so grateful to be serving alongside such a warm and faithful congregation. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees in 2003 and 2004. Prior to joining our staff, Lana served as Associate Pastor of Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and most recently was on staff at Austin Theological Seminary where she now serves on the Board of Trustees. She is a frequent West Coast flier where the Berry family lives – her daughter Emily, son-in-law Brian and granddaughters Eliza and Josephine. Her eastbound travels take her all the way across Mo Pac to Bryker Woods where son Russell, daughter-in-law Tawney, and grandchildren Hudson and Jackson Booth reside. She walks the trail, listens to podcasts, and enjoys a host of life-long friendships here and around the country.Email Lana Russell
Minister for Children and Families
Charlotte Trafton is the Minister for Children and Families. A graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in elementary education, she did graduate work at the University of Texas Graduate School of Education, where she received an M.A. in curriculum and instruction in 2003. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Seminary in 2006. Charlotte has taught elementary students in public school and served as a volunteer in mission through the Presbyterian Church (USA), teaching English in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is currently teaching kindergarten and serving as the school chaplain at the Good Shepherd Episcopal School. Charlotte and her husband, Michael, are the parents of Owen and Meredith. Her hobbies include reading young adult literature, biking and hiking with her kids, and cooking vegetarian. Charlotte is thrilled to be working in this part-time position with a congregation that seeks to walk beside its children fulfilling promises made at baptism to support and grow them in the Christian faith.Email Charlotte Trafton
Director of Music
Rick has been Westminster’s music program director since 1989. During the previous 19 years, he was cantor and bass section leader for the choir at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, also serving as that church’s interim music director. A native of Lubbock, Texas, Rick sang in the youth choir of that city’s First Methodist Church and was first tuba in the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech in music education and then headed to Austin to pursue a doctorate in musical arts. After one year as the principal tuba for the Austin Symphony Orchestra, he concluded that choral music was his calling. He met his wife Catherine, now Westminster’s associate music coordinator, on a choral tour in 1978. Catherine already had two children who readily accepted Rick into their family. In addition to music, Rick’s favorite hobby is photography.
Associate Music Coordinator
Catherine attended The University of Texas, majored in English, and earned a teaching certificate in English and social studies. The Baytown native sang in several college choral groups and worked with noted UT music professor Morris Beachy. For eight years, she was a paid soloist at St. David’s Episcopal Church and spent two years as a soloist at All Saints Episcopal Church as well. She followed husband Rick Colvin to Westminster, where she has been largely responsible for selecting the hymns sung each week at the 8:30 a.m. church service. A retired English teacher, Catherine’s hobbies include “listening to books on tape” and cooking.
Jack Martin began serving in the position of Organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in September 2018. He comes to this position after serving as Organist for Presbyterian, United Methodist, Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches in Austin, San Marcos, Del Rio, Midland, and Beaumont, Texas. Mr. Martin studied at the University of Texas at Austin and Lamar University in Beaumont, and received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music.
In the summer of 2016, while serving St. Theresa Catholic Church in Austin he accompanied the choir on a pilgrimage to Budapest, Vienna, Assisi, and Rome. Mr. Martin accompanied masses and concerts at St. Matthias Church, Budapest, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, and the Basilica of St. Ignatius in Rome. He also accompanied masses in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter and the Altar of St. Joseph..
Since 1982, Jack has been a member of the Austin Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, where he has served as Dean and is currently Sub-Dean. He chaired the planning committee of the 1991 and 2013 A.G.O. regional conventions.
Dr. Shaunna Shandro
Director of Music for Youth and Children
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Shaunna earned degrees in Theatre (BA) and Vocal Performance (BMus), and was an Apprentice Artist with The Edmonton Opera before moving Austin in 2001 to attend the graduate program at The University of Texas at Austin. From UT, she earned a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. Additional training includes The Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria after winning The Johann Strauss Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Austria for two consecutive years. Shaunna currently teaches Applied Voice at St. Edward’s University, is a faculty member of BOCYAP (Butler a opera Center Young Artist Program) where she teaches Applied Voice and Musical Theatre, and serves as Director of Music for Children and Youth here at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Michelle joined the WPC staff in October 2017. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has spent fourteen years working in public and private accounting in Austin. Most recently she was an adjunct professor of accounting at St. Edward’s University. Michelle and her husband, Troy, have been married since 2007. They have two children, Hayden and Leah. Michelle enjoys reading, gardening, and watching her kids in sports.Email Michelle Elley
Ray Chairez has been our sexton since 2004. We count on Ray to look after our physical property, prepare areas for special events, and all janitorial matters. Ray thoroughly enjoys baseball, golf, and basketball.
Ann joined the WPC staff in December of 2018. A Texas native, Ann is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor degree in music education. She has over ten years experience within the church and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining WPC, she sang in the Dallas Opera and Opera Colorado choruses, Denver-based Kantorei, and was a staff soloist/soprano section leader for St. John’s Cathedral and Wellshire Presbyterian churches in Denver. When not singing, Ann enjoys cooking, reading, hiking and traveling with her husband Sean, and spending time with their three small dogs.Email Ann Tucker