We welcome Rev. Jess Cook as our guest pastor through the holidays. Jess is the pastor of Every Table, a new worshiping community that meets at Ginter Park Presbyterian on Sunday evenings. Jess’s call is to help facilitate spaces where reconciliation is possible and where everyone is seen and honored in their fullness. Jess loves people, liturgy that means something, and spaces that invite us to bring our whole selves, whoever we are, and wherever we come from. Jess lives with their kiddo, cat, and bearded dragon named Stubbs. A native of East Texas and lifelong Presbyterian, Jess holds a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary, a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Baylor.
WORSHIP ARTS DIRECTOR
Jennifer’s passion is creating worship experiences and leading worship. On any given Sunday, she may be found directing tech teams, singing in the band, and/or prepping leaders for worship. A lifelong educator, Jennifer envisions, plans, and implements the spiritual formation of our congregation. When she is not at WPC, Jennifer teaches 6th grade at The New Community School in Richmond or is hanging out in her garden reading a book.
ORGANIST AND CHOIRMASTER
Kenna Payne has been the Organist and Choir Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church since November 2011.Raised on a dairy farm in upstate New York, music was a significant part of her family’s life in school and church. She learned to play the pipe organ while still in high school, filling the need in her home church’s music program. She continued to play regularly throughout college. When she moved to Richmond for work, she joined Westminster and its choir program, and she was a substitute organist for many churches around the city. She stepped into the Westminster position when the previous organist suffered a career-changing injury. She is a retired Accountant and General Finance Officer and is active in the Richmond Symphony Chorus(alto), the Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (Treasurer), and on the Board of The Belvedere Series (Treasurer), a chamber music series. She and her husband John live in the City.
Sherry MacLaughlin grew up in Norfolk and came to Richmond to attend VCU. After a short stint in Baltimore, she returned to Richmond where she met Brent Bushnell in a clay class at the Hand Workshop (now called the Visual Arts Center). They married and live in Henrico with their Australian Cattle dog, Sheba.