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About Us

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, Anna, and Graham.  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 

JohnJohn 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

NancyNancy 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 Susan G. Hamilton
Pastoral Affiliate for Congregational Care

Sue HamiltonSue 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. 

The Reverend Denise Weaver
Interim Associate Pastor for Spiritual Growth 

Denise has served as Associate Pastor at Fairmont Presbyterian Church since 2008. Denise has served three churches in the Presbytery of the Miami Valley as well as in Lima, Ohio, and Indiana.  She is a graduate of Bluefield College, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Her post-graduate training included three years as a Resident in Clinical Pastoral Education in a hospital setting.

Jenne Gross
Mission Associate

Jenne is a lifelong resident of Ohio. She was born in Dayton and grew up in Fairborn. Jenne graduated from The Ohio State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Social Work and started her social work career with Greene County Children Services.  She has worked for various non-profit social service agencies in
Montgomery and Butler counties. She has mainly worked with children and
families, but also has experience with the geriatric population.

Brent Manley
Music Associate

Brent Manley grew up in Xenia where he began his service in church music. A
graduate of Anderson University and Miami University, he spent 30 years as a public
school music educator (23 years in Xenia Community Schools). Beginning in 1976,
Brent has served as organist/choir director/hanbell ringer/choir member in
churches in Anderson, IN, Xenia, Hamilton, Middletown, and Troy. Brent has been
an active member at Westminster since 1991. In his free time, Brent enjoys
traveling, reading, attending theater and musical events, collecting Blenko glass, and taking care of his cocker spaniel, Gracie.

Craig Showalter
Business Administrator

CraigCraig 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 Lees Creek United Church of Christ, he is also active with the UCC in many capacities related to church finances, and stewardship. Craig and his wife, Veronica (Ronni), have two adult children, David and Erica (Ricki).

Amanda Newhart
Executive Administrative Assistance to Dr. Baker

AmandaAmanda 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 daughter, Davy. Amanda has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and you may have seen her around the Dayton area singing in The Dayton Bach Society, Musica!,  or at the Brookville Community Theater.  In addition to singing and theater, Amanda enjoys playing softball, sewing, knitting and shopping.     

Miranda Watt
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 Stephenson
Communications Assistant

KateKate 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  Kate lived most of her life in Marion, Ohio, and moved to the Dayton area in November 2007.

Brittany Campbell
Youth, Missions, and Pastoral Care Secretary

CarolBrittany Campbell has lived in several Ohio communities throughout her life. She has volunteered with children’s ministries at River of Praise Assembly of God, and other congregations. In the past, Brittany has served as an assistant teacher for CCAD Saturday Morning Art Class; a program which teaches artistic skills and art appreciation to children of all ages. Prior to her employment at Westminster, she graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Brittany enjoys collecting comic books and memorabilia, spending time with her friends and family, and all things related to visual arts.

Wayne King
Maintenance Supervisor

WayneWayne has been with Westminster since March of 2005 after several years with Fisher Data Products, and Trotwood-Madison City Schools. 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. 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 has four children; Nicole who is in the Army, Gregory, Gary, William who is in the Air Force, and a grandson, Dean. When time permits, Wayne enjoys movies, cooking, traveling, and spending time with his children.

Marvin Fleming

MarvinMarv 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 has two grown sons, four grandsons and one granddaughter. He enjoys fishing, gardening, camping, and golf.


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