On March 14, 2021, the Rev. Dr. Kelly Wadsworth joined the Westminster family as our new Pastor and Head of Staff. Pastor Kelly is a warm and engaging Presbyterian pastor who is passionate about Christ’s church during these shifting cultural times. She is a native of Bellevue, WA and loves how the Reformed tradition finds expression in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
After graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in international politics, Pastor Kelly served in youth ministry at University Place Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, WA and at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. From there, she attended Princeton Theological Seminary for her M.Div, which included a semester ‘abroad’ in Washington, DC exploring the historical connections between faith, policy, and public life. After graduation, Pastor Kelly returned to the Pacific Northwest and led diverse Presbyterian congregations alongside service in the Army Reserves. In 2008, her WA National Guard unit was activated and she deployed to the Middle East as a Chaplain with the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team.
Upon return, she became active in the peace & justice movement and has been a guest speaker at the NEXT, Veterans for Peace, and Association of Professional Chaplain national conferences. She earned her PhD from Saybrook University with a concentration on the intersection of faith and psychology. Her doctoral work focused on the spirituality of homecoming and the ways major transitions can serve a critical role in our own faith development. Most recently, Pastor Kelly led the Alki Church in West Seattle through a rich season of mission revitalization and future planning. She also serves on the board of the PCUSA Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel as well as the Seattle University Center for Religious Wisdom and World Affairs.
Pastor Kelly’s favorite pastimes include yoga, barre, and biking as well as curling up on the couch with a good memoir and discovering the great outdoors with her family and friends.
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Dr. Jeffrey Larkin is a choral conductor and educator in the Salem-Keizer School District, where he conducts beginning and advanced choral ensembles, and teaches music theory and piano. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in choral conducting where he conducted the University Singers and Men's Glee Ensemble. Larkin also instructed the music courses and conducted the World Voices choir at the University of Washington-Tacoma. In addition to having worked in public education, Jeffrey has worked 15 years in church music ministry as both a clinician and Director of Music. Previous church engagements include Director of Music at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church in Federal Way, WA, and Associate Music Director at First United Congregational Church of Christ in Corvallis, OR. He earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching and Bachelor of Arts from Oregon State University. Jeffrey is in current demand as a guest conductor and presenter. His current research includes: choral andragogy with the senescent voice and aural cognition.
A ‘unicorn’ in the industry, Vik Schaaf has been leading Westminster Youth since 2009. With a
B.A. in Religion and Christian Ministries from Warner Pacific University and a Masters of Art in Teaching, George Fox University, her inexhaustible energy has kept the youth program vibrant & growing. She leads weekly youth groups, plans and implements a week-long City Camp event every summer, organizes mission around the world, and has been seen cheering for her students at local school events. “I bleed seltzer water, and get 24 miles per every 2 espresso shots! Then there’s my overindulgence in baked goods...” No one would be surprised if Vik died in a tragic donut incident.
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Krisha Horn is excited about education (nerd alert!), as evidenced first of all by her own many years of schooling. She graduated most recently (2010) from Regent College in British Columbia with two master’s degrees, one in Old Testament and one in Biblical languages. “You can wait a lot of tables with those skills,” she’s been known to joke. However, since graduation she’s continued her focus on education by working as an assistant pastor at Joy Fellowship in Vancouver, BC, teaching as an adjunct instructor at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN, learning from her new husband David how to properly fold t-shirts, and teaching her two tiny children (Hannah and Micah) how to be humans. Meanwhile, Krisha has been a member at Westminster since 2014 and joined the staff in 2019. She says she’s been blessed to serve with the people of God in this place. “To me, education is not just filling the mind with more facts or subscribing to a certain way of thinking; it’s when something takes hold of us, expands our horizons, and ultimately transforms our lives that true learning happens, often in the company of others. I’m excited to continue partnering with Westminster to facilitate opportunities for this to take place.”
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Ariana Recher is the Director of Contemporary Music and the pianist for the traditional services. Ariana's full time profession is in the field music education. She has served as an educator with in the Salem-Keizer Public Schools for 11 years. Additionally, she serves as an accompanist for a variety of ensembles in the community. "Music is a language we all can learn. It opens a door of understanding to another's culture, perspective, and unites us" Ariana and her husband currently live in Salem and enjoy the beauty of Oregon
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Jean Severson comes to Westminster with a resume packed with lively-arts experience. For 8 years she was co-producer of "New Year's Jazz at Indian Wells," a 4-day jazz spectacular spread between 2 luxury resorts (thank goodness for golf carts!), featuring dozens of bands and special artists. She acted as script supervisor for many a televised variety show featuring A-list artists such as Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and others, and also lent her skills to televised stage productions such as the multiple-Emmy winning "Sweeney Todd," starring Patty LuPone and Neil Patrick Harris. After five seasons as materials coordinator for the TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" starring Drew Carey, she transitioned to the position of Director of Operations for the Pasadena Symphony, where she also revived the Pasadena Youth Symphony, which is now one of the most highly respected youth ensembles on the West Coast. Now-a-days, Jean is thrilled to be an Oregonian. She supports the staff and congregation with good humor and a lively interest in throwing parties. “Sanity restored! The days of 90-hour work-weeks are behind me. Oregon has captured my heart; I’m grateful every day for clean air, green trees and my blessedly short commute—not to mention the many friends I’ve made at Westminster.”