Meet the Staff
The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Baker, Jr.
Pastor/Head of Staff
Dr. Baker graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, where he earned an AB (with high honors) in Philosophy, and was selected for Phi Beta Kappa membership. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at The University of Texas at Austin, and was named a Jean Brown Scholar at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He also studied at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte. After serving as Professor of Philosophy at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, Richard was hired as Theologian-in-Residence at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis in 2005 and was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2008.
Dr. Baker has three children: Maya, a senior at Indiana University; Anna, a freshman in college; and Graham, a sixth-grader at Zionsville Middle School. In his spare time, Richard enjoys reading (especially classic and contemporary fiction), baseball (the Reds), competing in short and medium distance triathlons, and trying to keep up with Graham’s love of video games.
The Reverend John W. Neely
Associate Pastor for Music
John has served as Associate Pastor for Music at Westminster Church since 1981 .He grew up in Western Pennsylvania and has been active in the Presbyterian Church all his life. John is a graduate of Duquesne University , Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has taught in the music departments of Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Mt. Union College, Alliance, Ohio. John has been Dean of the Canton and Dayton Chapters of the American Guild of Organists and was National President of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He is active in the Dayton and surrounding areas as an organ recitalist, choral clinician, and is Music Director of the Bach Society of Dayton. John and his wife, Ruth, are parents of two grown sons and four grandchildren, Micah, Zeke, Kennedy, and Miles.
The Reverend Nancy S. Hodgkins
Associate Pastor for Youth and Mission
Nancy joined the staff of Westminster in December of 1997. She grew up in Maine where she graduated from The University of Maine at Farmington. From there she went on to earn her Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Prior to coming to Westminster Nancy worked as student chaplain at a prison in Kentucky. Nancy oversees youth fellowship, post-high and Young Adult ministries as well as our local and global Mission programs and ministries. In her spare time she enjoys reading, movies, and traveling.
The Reverend Laurie Brubaker Davis
Associate Pastor for Spiritual Growth
Laurie began her call at Westminster on January 1, 2008, to become the first full-time Associate Pastor for Spiritual Growth. She graduated from the College of Wooster (Ohio) with a B.A. in Religion; and eight years later earned an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. In 1992 she completed her Masters of Divinity at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Prior to her ministry at Westminster, she served Presbyterian churches in Springfield and Dayton as a solo pastor for 11 years , and as an Associate Pastor for Evangelism in Xenia for four years before that. She and her husband, Bob, have two daughters: Emily Badillo, who is married to Matthew Badillo and lives in Brooklyn where she teaches fourth grade at Girls Excellence School in Bedford-Stuyvesant; and Hannah, who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is in graduate school at the University of Minnesota earning her Masters of Education with an Academic Behavioral Strategist K-12 Special Education teaching license.
The Reverend Susan G. Hamilton
Pastoral Affiliate for Congregational Care
Sue graduated from California State University with a BA in Music in 1979, received her M.Div. from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN, in 1984, and a second MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, in 2005. Certified as a spiritual director, Sue completed a graduate certificate program in Pastoral Care for the Second Half of Life at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, in May 2015.
Prior to her ministry at Westminster, she served as the Pastor for Care at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Centerville for nearly four years. Earlier in her career, while her husband was on active duty in the Air Force, Sue held a variety of pastoral and spiritual care positions in churches in Nebraska, Alaska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and California. She also completed a nine-month program in clinical pastoral education at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Sue and her husband, Steve, reside in Sugarcreek Township and are the parents of two grown children, Jenna Bertke, who is married to Brad Bertke, and Chris Hamilton, who is a graduate assistant at Mount St. Mary’s University in MD. On Christmas Day, 2015, she became a grandmother for the first time. In her spare time Sue enjoys playing with her granddaughter, Evie, reading, and going for walks.
Born in the Pacific northwest, Jerry Taylor attended music schools near San Francisco and Seattle, graduating from Walla Walla College, before beginning a 12-year career teaching high school music in Arkansas and Virginia. After building a pipe organ for the Shenandoah Valley Academy Chapel, he won a fellowship to Indiana University where he completed his graduate degree in Church Music (Organ and Choral Conducting) graduating with "distinction." In 1986 Jerry accepted the full time position of Minister of Music at the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church. At the same time he became a member of the Westminster Choir and was invited to be the Music Associate three years later.
Craig has been formally working with church facilities and finances since his ordination by the United Church of Christ in 1985. He is a Certified Church Administrator by The Church Network (formerly, National Association of Church Business Administration). As Pastor of Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ, he is also active with the UCC in many capacities related to church finances, stewardship and planned giving.
Craig and his wife, Veronica (Ronni), have two adult children, David and Erica (Ricki).
Membership/Pastoral Care Secretary
Carol has been with Westminster since September 1990 and has also been a member since May 1996. Her responsibilities include secretarial support for Laurie Davis and Susan Hamilton, which includes the Evangelism, Hospitality and Membership Committee, Fellowship Committee, Deacons, Support Groups, and Stephen Ministry. She also maintains the church membership records and attendance. Carol and her husband, Scott, have been married for 14 years, and together they have five grown children and nine grandchildren, which keep them very busy. Hobbies include camping, scrapbooking, and reading.
Executive Administrative Assistance to Dr. Baker
Amanda began working at Westminster in July 2002 after working for several years in long-term care, including Brookhaven and Friendship Village. After 12 years as Secretary for Music, Christian Education and Mission, in October of 2014 she became the executive assistant to Dr. Richard Baker. Amanda lives in Arcanum with her husband, Todd and their kids, twins Morgan and Hunter, and youngest daughter, Davy. You may have seen her around the Dayton area singing in The Dayton Bach Society, Musica!, at the Brookville Community Theater, or playing softball at Golden Gate Park. In addition to singing and theater, Amanda enjoys sewing, knitting and shopping.
Music and Education Secretary
Miranda joined the Westminster staff as Receptionist and Secretary for Music and Education in the spring of 2015. She graduated from Wright State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, with a concentration in clarinet. In addition to working at Westminster, Miranda is an Assistant Band Director for the Miamisburg Marching Band and teaches private clarinet and saxophone lessons. Miranda grew up in Brookville, Ohio, but now lives in Centerville with her dog, Coach. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with her friends and family.
Kate supports the communications areas of the church including layout, design, and printing. She graduated from Marion Technical College with an Associate of Applied Business in Office Information Technology. A life-long animal lover, Kate shifted career paths in 1995, attending the National K9 School for Dog Trainers, and opening her own dog-training and pet-sitting business in 1996. Though she has returned to full-time office work, she still teaches dog obedience classes as a volunteer at Dayton Dog Training Club. Currently, her spare time revolves around her pack of Belgian Shepherd Dogs (photos at www.genesisbelgians.com). Kate lived most of her life in Marion, Ohio, and moved to the Dayton area in November 2007.
Shari retired from Westminster in June 2008, but has now re-joined the staff as
part-time bookkeeper. She and her husband, Richard, have three grown sons and five beautiful grandchildren that keep them very active. Shari also volunteers with the
Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting and reading.
Wayne has been with Westminster since March of 2005. As Maintenance Supervisor, he is responsible for seeing that the building and rooms are set up and ready for meetings, concerts, and special events. Wayne also oversees the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the church property. He is a native Ohioan and was born and raised in Bexley. He joined the Air Force after high school and spent the majority of his career in North Carolina, Iceland, and Florida, with a few short stays in England and Sardinia, finally ending up at Wright-Patterson where he retired in 1994. He is a single parent with four children: Nicole, who is in the Army, Gregory, Gary, and William. When time permits, Wayne enjoys movies, cooking, traveling, camping, and spending time with his children.
Marv is a native of Dayton and has served in the Naval Reserves and retired from the City of Dayton Fire Department after 30 years of service. He received special recognition from both the City of Dayton and Dayton Fire Department as Employee of the Year and recognition by the VFW for his dedication and services rendered to the City of Dayton. He was also named Officer of the Year by the Harrison Township Fire Department. Marvin and his wife Becky have two grown sons, three grandsons and one granddaughter. He enjoys fishing, gardening, camping, and golf.