Meet Our Staff
Pastor: Rev. Dr. J. Richard McDuffie, Jr.
J. Richard "Rick" McDuffie, Jr. is a native of the Cape Fear region and a descendant of the original Highland Scot Presbyterian settlers. Rick spent the first 20 years of his ministry as a Baptist, before concluding that he was really always a Calvinist at heart! He's also a big fan of the PC (USA) Book of Order! Rick holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Campbell University , plus the M.Div and D.Min. from the OLD (pre-fundamentalist) Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Rick has been a pastor since 1979, and has been a Pastor/Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian (USA) since 2001. He has also spent time serving in the United Church of Christ as an interim minister. In his free time, Rick enjoys playing guitar and euphonium, working with his horses, gardening, and reading American and world history- and a wide variety of other subjects. Rick and his wife Debbie have three daughters and (at present) three grandsons and four granddaughters. Rick enjoys many aspects of church life at Westminster, but is especially glad that the Westminster people have a high degree of commitment to their church family and the Kingdom of God. He is also thankful for the church's delightful sense of humor!
Director of Youth and Church Program Ministries: Erin Wehrmeister
Erin Wehrmeister grew up in the Dallas, Texas area and attended Presbyterian churches her entire life. She is a Texas State graduate, with degrees in Public Relations and English. She also earned a Certificate in Youth & Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Erin has worked with the youth at several Texas churches & served as the chaplain for the Christian sorority, Sigma Phi Lambda. Upon graduation, she worked with the Center for Student Missions in Washington, DC, followed by various jobs ranging from a rental car company to marketing for a hockey team! She moved to North Carolina and joined staff as a secretary & bookkeeper, while volunteering with our youth and working with the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina Youth Council. Erin is especially excited to be the Director of Youth & Program ministries here at WPC. She is the aunt to 5 wonderful kiddos back in Texas and "mom to one un-impressible cat. Erin loves this church family and feels blessed to be a part of a community that loves Jesus, supports ALL generations, joyfully shares the gospel AND owns a disco ball, Gallagher mallet for watermelons (seriously) and a cardboard Jesus cut-out. You know, just in case.
Bookkeeper: April Venegas
April is a southern gal, raised in a small town near Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated magna cum laude from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a focus in Christian Counseling. April was a licensed Georgia State Insurance Agent for fifteen years before she found an interest in accounting. Since then, she has held many different positions from Accounts Payable Clerk to General Manager. While in Hawaii, she met an Army Ranger that swept her off her feet. They soon married and had two beautiful girls, Honesty (18) and Ava (4). April has a strong relationship with the Lord and loves to share her personal experiences with him
Director of Music: Mary Beth Winter
Mary Beth grew up in Leroy, NY, and has served on the staff at Westminster for nearly twenty years. She graduated from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana with a Bachelor’s in Music, then earned a Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mary Beth is retired from Cumberland County Schools, and has spent a total of 34 years in music education. She’s married to Allan Winter, also a music educator and instrumentalist. The Winters have two grown children.
Organist: Karen Troutman
Karen is a native of Moore County, NC and attended Flora McDonald College and St. Andrews College. She has been Westminster’s organist since 1971. She and her husband, Jerry, have two sons, three granddaughters, one grandson, and two great grandsons.
Director of Handbell Choirs: Catherine Parker
Catherine is a native of Fayetteville, a retired businesswoman, and a longtime member of Westminster. She has been Director of Handbells, including Adult and Youth choirs, since 1982. Cathy and her husband, Billy, have one son, two daughters, and two grandchildren.
Administrative Assistant: Ashley Dockery
Ashley was born and raised in Lillington, North Carolina. She joined the Navy right out of high school in 2006, served a little over 10 years in the military and was honorably discharged in February 2017. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Business with a specialization in Human Resources, and is on track to graduate by the Fall of 2019. After that, she plans to enroll in graduate school. Ashley and her husband, Andrew, have two beautiful children, Jada and Andrew. Ashley joined the Westminster staff in May, 2018. She writes: "It has been such a blessing to be a part of the Westminster family. I love working here and I love the warm welcoming staff and church members that make each day such a blessing to be here!"