About Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Church was organized on June 6, 1951, and its present building was dedicated on September 7,
1952. The original facility has had two expansion projects, in 1961 and 1987. Westminster is a part of the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We belong to the Presbytery of Whitewater Valley and the Synod of Lincoln
Trails. The center of church life is worship. This special time is highlighted by inspiring music,
participation by children, prayers for ourselves and others, giving, preaching, and blessing the people!
Our most recent Senior Pastor & Head of Staff, Dr. Andrew Schramm passed away unexpectedly September
19, 2005. In November of 2005, the Session called Rev. David Comstock to serve as interim pastor. Pastor Dave
ministered to the needs of the congregation and staff of Westminster Church. Meanwhile, Pastorial Nominating
Committee began the search for a new pastor. They were successful and a new pastor was called.
Pastor Justion Schlesinger-Devlin began serving the Westminister Presbyterian congregation on June 9th, 2008.
Complimenting the worship service is a comprehensive program for all ages. Throughout the week there are
small groups, Bible studies, mission work, children's and youth meetings, and choirs. The life of Westminster
Church is defined by our Mission Statement and our stated priority - "inviting people into a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ, and nurturing God's children in faith, love, and commitment." We
continually seek opportunities to nurture. Fellowship activities are offered throughout the year.
Westminster Church sees itself as a "community church." Groups compatible with our stated priority
are invited to use our facilities. Couples are invited to consider Westminster a place for their weddings,
and their life together in a church.
Westminster's Vision Statement
In obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ and with His help,
healing what is broken,
righting what is wrong,
celebrating what is good.
Westminster's Mission Statement
In keeping with its vision statement, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Marion, Indiana, is called by
the Lord Jesus Christ to invite people into a personal relationship with Him, and to nurture their
faith, love, and commitment to Him, to His Grace, to His Church, and especially to the Scriptures
and the Sacraments.
In obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ and with His help, members of Westminster Church will fulfill
its mission through the following four marks of membership:
Corporate Engagement: Members of Westminster Presbyterian Church will regularly:
Attend worship that includes preaching of the gospel, administering the sacraments, giving of our
tithes and offerings, music, confession of sin, affirmation of faith, and prayer.
Participate in small group and Bible study opportunities, and share God-given talents in music,
teaching, directing, and leadership.
Serve on church governing boards and task forces.
Participate in Sunday schools, fellowship events, the children and youth activities, their learning
the Westminster Primer, and seminary, Preschool, and other Westminster ministries.
Personal Spiritual Growth: Individual members of the congregation will:
Seek to grow spiritually.
Develop spiritual discipline through the study of scripture and theology.
Outreach and Evangelism: Members of Westminster Presbyterian Church will:
Commit themselves to evangelistic outreach that increases diversity and reaches the unchurched of
the local community.
Interact with community people of faith.
Commit themselves to community outreach through Westminster Preschool.
Serve in local organizations that meet the basic needs of the poor, sick, and oppressed in the
local community and that enrich the quality of life in Marion.
Commit themselves to the missions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), to congregationally supported
international missions, such as Escuela El Sembrador and Proyecto Manuelito, and to local missions.
Serve as peacemakers.
Giving and Stewardship: Members of Westminster Presbyterian Church will:
Commit to supporting financially - to their potential - the ministry, mission, and building and grounds
of the church with their tithes and gifts as well as their labors of love, time, and talents.
Be responsible stewards of God's creation.
Adopted by Session on April 23, 2005
Congregational Covenant on May 15, 2005
Westminster's Covenant Statement
We, the members of Westminster Presbyterian Church, covenant together to fulfill our Vision and
Mission Statements: the ReVision Report of 2005 is what membership at Westminster Church means.