Pastor: Frank Mansell III

Frank Mansell was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but spent his formative years growing up in Charleston, West Virginia.  He is married to Debbie Mansell, who is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), who serves as a hospital chaplain and pastoral care educator at Wakebrook Behavioral Health in Raleigh.  They have two daughters, Erin and Heather, who are both students at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

Frank is a graduate of Davidson College (1994) with a degree in history, and then discerned his call to ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating with a Masters of Divinity degree (1997).  Through a fellowship he received upon graduating seminary, he and Debbie lived in Switzerland and Scotland, experiencing different cultures which would impact his ministry in a local congregation.  His first call was as pastor of Williams Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, a small congregation on the north-side of the city, where he served from 1998-2003.  Frank’s second call was to John Knox Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, a medium-sized church on the west side of the city, where he served as senior pastor from 2003-2021.  He began his call as senior pastor of Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church on November 7, 2021.

Frank has a passion for congregational ministry, especially helping churches explore how they are called to open their doors and hearts to the neighbors in their community.  He believes the church is called to welcome all, for all are created in the image of God.  And he feels strongly that the church has been given an opportunity for reaching people in new and adaptive ways through the turmoil we have lived through during the pandemic.

Outside of ministry, Frank enjoys walking and hiking, working on home improvement projects, golfing, photography, following all kinds of sports, traveling, and spending time with his family.  And he’s a huge fan of Legos!


Director of Music and Organist: Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis is excited to join WBPC as the Director of Music and Organist and is looking forward to working with the choirs and music groups to share in faith and worship together. 

She has earned degrees from the University of South Carolina (Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy), UNC-Greensboro (Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy), and Hobe Sound Bible College (B.A. in Music Education/Piano with a concentration in Church Music and organ). Elizabeth was raised in a pastor’s home and has a deep love and appreciation for church music and hymnody, and especially enjoys improvising hymn-tunes on the piano/organ. She has served several Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal and United Methodist Churches in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina in various capacities over the past 12 years as permanent Director of Music/Organist as well as interim positions.

In addition to working with adult, youth and children’s church music groups, Elizabeth loves the opportunity to share the joy of music with piano students of all ages and abilities. She is a respected piano pedagogue and instructor with an emphasis in teaching piano to adult learners and students with Autism and other special needs. Elizabeth also enjoys many opportunities to serve as an adjudicator for piano festivals and competitions in NC/SC, serve on faculty at summer music camps, and give presentations at local, state and national conferences for music teachers.

When she’s not practicing, writing or teaching, Elizabeth enjoys traveling (often with her sister, Kimberly), cooking and baking new recipes, trying new coffee shops and restaurants, reading, research, and attempting to learn new languages.


Administrative Assistant: Quentesa Pierce

Quentesa Pierce was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She graduated from the illustrious North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (2013) with a degree in Business Management. With a longing desire to return to North Carolina and a strong calling to connect people to themselves, one another, and the world. Quentesa joined WBPC as the Administrative Assistant.

In her free time, she enjoys painting, dancing, traveling, spending time with loved ones, and creating just about any and everything that provides her an opportunity to breathe life into a vision.


Van-Anthoney Hall

Van-Anthoney Hall, tenor, holds a Master of Music in voice/opera performance from Southern Methodist University as a Bruce Foote scholar and a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from North Carolina A&T State University. He holds a PhD in Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has had the pleasure of working with Dallas Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Houston Ebony Opera companies and Virgina Tech Theatre. His vocal credits include opera/theatre performances in the Marriage of Figaro, Tosca, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Porgy and Bess, Black Nativity, The Consul and the Merry Widow. His concert credits include faculty and regional recitals of Spirituals and Art Songs. Currently, Van is an applied voice professor at North Carolina A&T State University


Preschool Director: Bobbi Cross

Bobbi Cross was born into the Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church family and is a graduate of Western Boulevard Kindergarten (as it was known then).  She attended Elon College and NCSU.  She has worked at the preschool for 24+ years.  Bobbi has experience in behavioral issues, the strong willed child and training in Second Step Violence and Anger Management program.  She has been the Director of the WBPP summer camp for the past 5 years.  She is married to Jerry and they have 2 daughters, Kaycee Rice and Krystee Cross.


Youth Fellowship Coordinator: Anna Richardson Raab

Anna Richardson Raab is a native of Greensboro, NC and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is married to Jonathan, her high school sweetheart.  Throughout college Anna worked as a church intern, specializing in youth ministry, and realized her passion for working with young people in the church.  In addition to her role as the Youth Fellowship Coordinator at WBPC, Anna also serves as the moderator of the Presbytery of New Hope Youth Council and works as the Director of Administration and Communications at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church.