Our beloved Pastor and Head of Staff Don Lincoln is retiring after serving over 20 years as Westminster’s Lead Pastor. In preparation, the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) was formed to shepherd the process of recruiting Don’s successor. Each member of the Committee was nominated, vetted and approved by Westminster’s Personnel Committee, Session, and congregation.

The PNC is composed of eleven devoted Westminster congregants, with a wide range of talents, both professional and personal, each serving the church in myriad ways. They bring unique and loving perspectives to this God-led task and have a combined 155 years of service to Westminster! PNC member biographies can be found by clicking on the link below.

The PNC was recently trained by the Donegal Presbytery, and the PNC projects that the role of Lead Pastor will be filled by the summer of 2022. You can find an updated timeline of this process by clicking on the link below.

The PNC aims to keep the congregation fully appraised of its progress. Periodic updates will be distributed via Westminster’s weekly update and can also be found by clicking on the link below.

Click here for archived videos and updates.             

Read the PNC timeline. 

Click here to read Don's retirement letter. 


Ministry Information Form (MIF) 
The Pastoral Nomination Committee welcomes your prayers to help guide us with this process. God has already chosen our next pastor;  It’s up to the nominating committee to find that person and to introduce our next pastor to the congregation.  Your prayers and patience will support and sustain us while we navigate this process.

The PNC wants to talk to you! Feel free to reach out via email at PNC@Westminsterpc.org

Meet the PNC

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Rob Avery

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Steve Brown

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Angela Emrich

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Ernie Kimmel

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Scott Lockledge

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Terri Pennington

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Jim Scanlon

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Phyllis Simmons

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Ruth Simonson

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Patrice Stilley

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Lynae Young

Rob Avery - PNC Committee Member

Rob Avery has been a member of Westminster for 18  years.  Rob and his wife Carrie live in West Chester and have a daughter (13) and a son (10).  He has served Westminster as a youth group leader as well as member of the contemporary band.  Rob is Vice President of Services at Scala, and enjoys coaching baseball and writing and recording music.

Steve Brown - PNC Committee Member

Steve Brown has been a member of Westminster for four  years.  Steve and his wife Mary live in Downingtown and have two adult sons, and three grandchildren.  He has served Westminster as a Trustee, a head usher, and a member of the Campus Use Task Force. Steve is a retired hospital administrator and is still active in his professional organization as well as several local organizations including the incoming President of the Rotary Club of West Chester.

Angela Emrich - PNC Committee Member

Angela and her husband Eric have been members of Westminster for 19 years, they live in West Chester, and have two daughters in college and one son (14). Angela is currently an Elder and serves on the Outreach Committee. Angela has been active in many different ministries at Westminster, including VBS, Mother’s Group, Bible studies, The Giving Tree, Rise Against Hunger, the Diaper Drive, and the Youth Vision Team. Angela participated in Mission trips with her children to Honduras, Mexico, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC. She currently serves as treasurer on the Board of Directors for Family Promise of Southern Chester County. Angela retired as Tax Director from DLL Leasing in 2007. She enjoys reading, lifting weights, and hiking.

Ernie Kimmel - PNC Committee Member

Ernie has been a member of Westminster since 2011. Ernie and his wife Gabrielle live at Kendal at Longwood in Kennett Square. Their son teaches at the Westtown School and they have two adult grandchildren. He has served Westminster on the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee that recommended Jennie Clark to be one of our pastors. Ernie also has served the Presbytery of Donegal as the chair of the Records Review Committee. Prior to moving to Chester County, he was very active in the Presbytery of New Brunswick, serving as the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery for ten years and in other church related functions. Ernie retired from Educational Testing Service after 30+ years in a variety of roles.

Scott Lockledge - PNC Committee Member

Scott has been a member of WPC since 2010. He sings in the choir, attends the Saturday morning Men’s Group and serves on the Expand Our Witness Committee and on the Campus Use Task Force, to advise church leadership following the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott is a professional scientist, entrepreneur, and is currently CEO of Tiptek, LLC, a semiconductor technology company that he co-founded. Prior professional experience includes Director of Public Affairs at the Science History Institute and crafting national science policy in the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a Science and Engineering Fellow. Scott is married to Erin, and they have two daughters (16 & 9) and two sons (11 & 7).

Terri Pennington - PNC Committee Member

Terri has been a member of Westminster for 5 years. Terri and her husband Joseph live in Delaware and have two adult sons. She currently serves as an Elder and is co-chair of the Outreach Committee and the Serving our Neighbors Vision team. Terri volunteers with Serving at the Crossroads and is on the Board of the Wilmington Flower Market. She is recently retired from working as the Office Manager for her “husband’s Cardiology  practice

Jim Scanlon - PNC Committee Member

Jim Scanlon has been a member of Westminster for five years.  Jim and his wife Beth live in West Chester with their sons (10 & 12) and two dogs. Both of their children very happily attended Westminster Preschool. He has served Westminster as a member of the Campus Use Task Force and the New Beginnings Advisory Board. For the last 12 years, Jim has been superintendent of the West Chester Area School District. He is retiring from that position this summer. Jim enjoys spending time with his family and golfing, and is very grateful for the Westminster community

Phyllis Simmons - PNC Committee Member

Phyllis has been a member of Westminster for nearly 30 years. She and her husband Herb live in Garnet Valley, PA. They have two adult sons. Phyllis serves Westminster as an Elder, member of the Personnel and Library Committees, Associate Pastor Nominating Committee, Tuesday Morning Fellowship, making soups/casseroles for Broad Street Ministries, and packing meals for Rise Against Hunger. She is a retired school administrator. Phyllis was the first principal of WC Bayard Rustin High School. Prior to moving to PA, she was an English teacher in Ohio. Phyllis enjoys being active in professional educational organizations, cooking, reading, painting, and traveling.

Ruth Simonson - PNC Committee Member

Ruth Simonson has been a member of Westminster since moving to this area 24  years ago.  Ruth and her husband Steve live in Kennett Square. They have two adult sons, who are pursuing careers in other parts of the state.  She has served Westminster on Session, as chair of the Personnel Committee, and on the Planning Team, and has been excited to see the continuing development of this community of faith. More recently, she has been involved with Adult Spiritual Growth, Family Promise of Southern Chester County and the Home Team. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and walking in the beautiful preserves and winding roads of Chester County.

Patrice Stilley - PNC Committee Member

Patrice has been a member of Westminster for nearly 10 years. Originally from Denver, CO, Patrice and her husband David live in West Chester, PA with their two daughters (13 & 11) and son (7), as well and two rescue pups, Zooey and Hazel. She has most recently served Westminster as the Childcare Coordinator. Patrice has also been a member of the Vacation Bible School team for several years, facilitated parent development groups, provided editorial assistance for Westminster’s Vision Quest, taught Sunday school and packed lunches for Safe Harbor. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, volunteering with the local Meals on Wheels chapter and attending women’s bible study.

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Lynae has been a member of Westminster for 19 years. Lynae and her husband Roy live in Glen Mills and have two sons in college. She has served Westminster as a Deacon and is currently an Elder. Lynae is also on the Personnel Committee. She chaired the Succession Planning Task Force that developed the plan for this current succession. Lynae enjoys hiking with her dogs, playing tennis, and practicing yoga.