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Joe Steele

Senior Pastor
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Although born in New Jersey and reared in Utah, Joe would like to consider himself a naturalized citizen of the South. Joe spent his undergraduate years in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley at the Virginia Military Institute where he made a vain attempt at becoming a Mechanical Engineer, only to emerge four years later as an English major with a love of reading. After spending 12 years in the US Marine Corps, Joe was called to gospel ministry and resigned his officer commission in 2008. While pursuing a seminary degree at Reformed Theological Seminary, Joe served as the Director of Youth Ministries at Northpointe Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Meridian, MS. Joe also served as the Pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Hattiesburg, MS from 2012 until 2018. During seminary and his first pastorate, Joe had the privilege of serving his country as a reserve flight instructor for the US Navy.


Joe is married to Elizabeth Lassiter of South Carolina, whom he met on a wonderfully providential blind date at the Marine Corps birthday ball! Joe and Elizabeth have been blessed with five children: Joseph, John-Mark, Nathan, Susie and Silas. When he's not engaged in the glorious work of the church, Joe loves spending time on the emerald green beaches of the Florida Gulf-coast, camping with his family, taking photographs, and enjoying the Beautiful Game (soccer).

Jim Roberts

Associate Pastor
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Pastor Roberts grew up just outside Detroit, Michigan in the city of Livonia. He was one of seven children. In 1974, at the age of 16, he became a believer in Jesus Christ while on a 3-week vacation with many of his friends. He graduated from high school in 1976, and in 1982 he graduated with a degree in Christian Education and Religion from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Upon graduation he worked as a youth director in churches in Plymouth, MI; Livonia, MI; and Miami, FL. It is in Miami where he met and married his lovely and gifted wife, Robin.


In 1993, Jim, Robin and 1-year old Andrew moved to Columbia, SC where Jim attended Columbia Biblical Seminary and interned at Lexington Presbyterian Church. Upon his graduation in May of 1996 he then accepted the call of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, AL, to become their Family Life Pastor. Nine and 1/2 years later he moved his family, which then included daughter, Sarah to South Carolina to become the senior pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Clinton. In addition to his work as pastor, he served on the boards of Bailey Manor (retirement home), The local Y, United Ministries of Clinton (utility assistance, food pantry) and 1 John 3 Ministries (poverty alleviation).


In January of 2020 he accepted a call to return to Westminster in Huntsville to be their associate pastor. As it comes to hobbies, Pastor Roberts loves to golf but rarely gets to do it; is a decent racquetball player, ran his first 5K at the age of 50, and has been on nearly 70 missions trips within the States and around the world.


His loves include both Mexican food and Seafood, but more importantly he loves his Lord, his church and his family.

David Hammond

Assistant Pastor
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David Hammond, originally from Beaver Falls, PA., joined the faculty of Westminster Christian Academy in the fall of 1970. At that time he had finished his second year of seminary and anticipated returning to seminary following a one year internship at WCA. The truth of Proverbs 16:9 was evidenced in that the Lord redirected his plans as He gave David a passion for teaching. David enjoyed serving on the WCA faculty for 50 years before retiring in 2020. He also served as the Director of Development and as Director of Alumni Relations during his tenure.


David married Dixie Davenport (WCA second grade teacher) in December of 1971. They have been greatly blessed with three children and their spouses - Matthew (WCA '92) & Rochelle, Aaron (WCA '93) & Erica and Emily (WCA '95) & Jeremy Donaldson (WCA '96) and twelve grandchildren. Dixie is currently a part of the WCA middle school faculty.


David was ordained to the gospel ministry in June of 1981 and has had the pleasure of serving as organizing pastor for several PCA mission churches in the North Alabama region.

Duncan Cantrell

Assistant Pastor of Outreach & Young Adults

James Ensley

Assistant Pastor of Student Ministries
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James was born and raised in Jefferson, Georgia outside the city of Athens. He is one of six siblings who were all homeschooled through high school and attended UGA. He is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta and was called to serve at Westminster PCA, Huntsville in January of 2021.


James first felt the call to ministry while attending Gainesville State College, where he met his wife, Anna. He switched his major from Avian Biology to Poultry Science and transferred to UGA to complete his degree. It was there he heard of the RUF internship that would earn him a scholarship to attend seminary, so after graduating and getting married, James and Anna spent the next two years at Texas A&M ministering to international students. They returned to Georgia in 2016 to attend RTS Atlanta and serve with RUF at Kennesaw State. He completed his pastoral internship with Cherokee Presbyterian Church in Canton, GA, and earned his Masters of Divinity in December of 2020. James was ordained on August 29, 2021 and is serving as an Assistant Pastor with a focus on Student Ministry.


James and Anna have a daughter, Eliza Jane, born in February of 2019 and a son Samuel born in October 2021. Anna is an artist and enjoys all things creative, literary, and historical. James loves reading theology and talking about how knowing God changes your life. As a nerd, he enjoys Star Wars, LOTR, and Anime. He is always available if coffee or spicy food is involved, and can often be found playing disc golf or cheering on the Atlanta United soccer team. Go Five Stripes!

Mary Katherine Keel

Student Ministry Assistant
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Mary Katherine joined the staff in 2020 and serves as the Student Ministry Assistant. Mary Katherine is married, has 5 children and has attended WPC for over 20 years.

Jennifer Murphree

Director of Women's Ministry
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Jennifer grew up in Hattiesburg, MS, and attended Mississippi State University where she met her husband, Stacy. They married and she moved to Huntsville in 1992, the same year she graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a degree in physical therapy. She worked a couple of years as a therapist and then stayed home to raise their five children: Lauren, Kelley, Caleb, Noah, and Anna Claire. Westminster has been their church home since their arrival to Huntsville. Jennifer has continued to be active in women's ministry and other aspects of church life and began serving as Women's Ministry Coordinator in 2020. She enjoys meeting with women and encouraging them in their growth in Christ and using their gifts to serve the church.

Sydney Knight

Director of Children's Ministry
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Sydney grew up in Hazel Green, AL. She met her husband, David Knight and they were married in 2017 and are expecting their first child in September, 2019. Sydney earned her BS in Elementary Education from Athens State University in 2017. She was a 3rd grade teacher for 2 years before joining the staff at Westminster. She became a member of WPC in 2018, and her husband has been a member since he was a child. Sydney enjoys working with our covenant children, and helping them grow in their walk in faith.

Jessica Perez

Nursery Coordinator
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Jessica grew up in Huntsville, where she also met her husband Daniel Perez. They were married in 2004, and now have two boys, Luke and Andrew. She earned her BSBA degree from Thomas Edison State University in 2014. She and her husband Daniel joined Westminster in 2012. She has always enjoyed working with young children and began serving as the Nursery Coordinator in 2015.

Curry Knight

Church Administrator

Tom Adams

Director of Music
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Tom has been a part of the Westminster family since his family moved to Huntsville in 1963. After moving away for a brief period after marriage, he and his wife, Ellise, along with their 2 boys (David and Jonathan), moved back to Westminster in 1994 and have been a key part of the music ministry since that time. Tom and Ellise have been involved in instrumental and choral music at the church, and as of January 2017 Tom has led our adult choir and congregational singing. They have 4 beautiful granddaughters.

Bertha Dykstra

Pianist
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Bertha has been a member of Westminster since 1981 when she came to teach at Westminster Christian Academy. Her musical involvement over the years has been in choir, but stepped in to play the piano when the need arose. Bertha loves being active, enjoys the outdoors, and reads a variety of books in her spare time.

Emily Donaldson

Office Manager