Ministers of Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church
Robert Bluford, Jr November 1951 – August 1957
Bob is remembered for literally helping build the first church. He was part of the work crew that built the church. Bob also built up the membership by visiting in the area and inviting people to join the church.
Russell Fleming, September 1958 – March 1970
Russell is remembered for all of his efforts to see that the Education Building with the Fellowship Hall which served as a Sanctuary was built. He is also remembered for his work with youth and his junior sermons from Wingdom.
Edgar D. Byers, June 1971 – February 1993
Many members think of Ed when they look at the chancel window each Sunday with its strong statement that Christians are to serve others. Members also remember Ed and Yvonne and the many kindnesses shown by them in times of illness and death of family members. The Sanctuary was built, our newsletter (CONTACT), Wednesday Night Live (WNL), food bags for the needy, all began during his ministry.
David Garrison – Interim – January 1994 – July 1995
David showed us how to move forward after the departure of Ed, on whom we had all come to depend.
James Sledge, August 1995 – December 2000
James is remembered as an excellent teacher and for spearheading the renovation efforts on the Sanctuary. During his ministry Stephen Ministry, Kids Café and WIHN began.
Richard Nystrom – Interim – March 2001- March 2002
Jim Lambeth, April 2002 – October 2003
Jim is remembered for his love of children, which he demonstrated by taking the time to get to know the children in the church family. Members were extremely sad that his time with WBPC was so short.
Richard Nystrom – Interim – January 2004- January 2005
Richard helped our church heal following the death of Jim Lambeth. He has many talents. His book, A Book of Uncommon Prayer, is still being used by many members.
Betty Connette, February 2005 – present
Betty is thought of as being sincere and very caring. She is well known for the love and compassion she shows to families in times of illness and to families as they grieve the loss of loved ones. A second less formal service began during her tenure.
Bruce Grady – Associate Minister – November 2008 – present
Bruce is appreciated for his cheerful smile and beautiful solos. He is presently developing our less formal alternative evening service.