Our History – The Next Fifty Years
In 1997, extensive renovation of the sanctuary was begun and completed in 1999. A new organ was built in addition to the sanctuary renovation. Two years later, under the leadership of interim pastor Rev. Thomas F. Matthews, property adjoining the church parking lot was purchased.
In June 2001, the Rev. David Miles was called as the seventh pastor of Westminster. The Rev. Miles died the next month in an automobile accident while on vacation. The church, with great hope for its own future in the wake of its grief, resumed the search for its seventh pastor. One year later, a call was extended to the Rev. William F. (Bill) Clark. The Rev. Clark was installed on September 15, 2002, assuming the mantle of those who had gone before, bringing leadership to a congregation of faithful members during its sixth decade as Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Kathryn E. Anderson joined the staff as associate pastor on July 14, 2003.
Construction began on a new Fellowship Hall in 2008 and the new facility was dedicated in May 2009. This completed Phase 1 of the 2004 Master Plan to update and improve our campus. Rev. Anderson accepted a call in December 2010 to become the director of John Knox Ranch.
Laura Beth Walters joined the staff as associate pastor on August 1, 2012. The Rev. Walters was ordained and installed on November 4, 2012. On September 27, 2015, the Rev. Walters accepted a call to be the first pastor at Presbyterian Church of Lake Travis. On October 15, 2017, we welcomed the Rev. Ellen Williams Hensle, a recent graduate of the Princeton Theological Seminary, as our new associate pastor.
In February, 2018, the Next Steps Forward Task Force was formed to create a proposal for Phase 2 of the 2004 Master Plan. On March 1, 2020, following city, Session, and congregational approvals, we officially began the multi-year Phase 2 construction and renovation project. Two years later, on March 27, 2022, we celebrated the completion of the Master Plan, and our new building and renovations, on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of our congregation.
Blessed with a rich heritage, the Westminster congregation looks forward to many more opportunities for ministry for, and with, God’s people in the years to come—through the grace of our Lord Christ, the love of God, and in communion with the Holy Spirit.