Westminster Presbyterian Church Staff
The staff of Westminster Presbyterian Church works together to provide sacred worship, fellowship, and service opportunities to members and visitors.
Ben came to Westminster in the summer of 2018, after serving as Pastor/Head of Staff at churches in Dallas, Texas, and Bloomington, Indiana. A native of Michigan, Ben holds degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Carleton College. He is married to Heather, a speech-language pathologist, and they have two sons, Sam and Cooper. In his free time, when he’s not serving as a taxi driver to get his children to their various school and sports events, Ben enjoys reading history and novels, exploring new restaurants, rooting for the New York Yankees to win their 28th world championship, and hoping that one day the Minnesota Vikings will finally win a Super Bowl.” ”
Born in Charleston and raised in Columbia, Leigh comes to Westminster from Lawrenceville, NJ, where she served The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. She holds degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary (Th. M., M. Div.) and Presbyterian College (B.A.). She is presently pursuing a D. Min. at Duke. Leigh is married to Jen, and they are daily privileged and daunted to raise three teenagers. She enjoys listening to and playing music, eating Southern food and trying to read more than she can. She’s an avid fan of the Gamecocks and the Blue Hose, and believes them to be the world’s two best mascots. Leigh serves as the Executive Associate Pastor.
Mary Kathleen Duncan
Mary Kathleen Duncan
Born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, Mary Kathleen is a graduate of Clemson University (B.S. in Recreation) and Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Prior to coming to Westminster, she and her family lived in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where she served as the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian. Mary Kathleen met her husband, David, while they were students at Clemson University. Their family includes two young children, Mary Eliza and Teddy, and a lovable Boykin Spaniel named Maggie. Mary Kathleen loves cheering on her Tigers, boating, running, and getting lost in a good novel. She serves as Associate Pastor for Youth and their Families.
Lauren grew up in Seneca, South Carolina, near Clemson. She is a graduate of Furman University (B.A. in Education, M.A. in Special Education) and Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Lauren comes to Westminster after being an educator in public schools. She and her husband, Stephen, have a lab named Sunny, and they enjoy boating and Clemson football. Lauren is passionate about connecting children with God and their church family. She serves as Associate Pastor for Children and their families.
Terri graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a degree in English education and received her Masters of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte. She was ordained as a minister of Word and sacrament in the PC (USA) in September 2015. She served Providence Presbyterian as part-time stated supply pastor until her retirement in June 2022.
Terri is a life-long Presbyterian and has served the church in many roles throughout the years, including ruling elder, Sunday school teacher, and choir member. Her call to ordained ministry came as she cared for her mother in her final days, when the family received life-giving support from an area hospice. That connection led Terri to volunteer for Open Arms Hospice of Simpsonville and ultimately to enroll in seminary.
While studying for her Master of Divinity, she worked for 16 months as a hospital chaplain, completing five units of Clinical Pastoral Education. In that setting, she served patients and families in emergency, intensive care, and other settings, spending her last six months working with the hospital’s palliative care team. All these experiences fostered a deep love for pastoral care and a strong conviction that it is in sharing life stories that we fully connect as human beings. Terri completed her certificate in Narrative Healthcare at Lenoir-Rhyne in Asheville in spring 2019. She uses many of the practices learned there in her pastoral care work.
She has served in numerous roles in Foothills Presbytery, including on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry and the Scholarship Task Force and as presbytery moderator. She currently chairs the Stewardship Task Force and will return to the CPM in January after a year’s break.
She is married to Jeff Price, and they have two children. Jennifer lives in Mt. Pleasant and is an attorney practicing with James, McElroy and Diehl of Charlotte. She has three children – 5-year-old Rose and “pandemic” twins Henry and Connor. Christopher serves as youth pastor for The Well in Landrum. He and wife Amanda have five children – Walter (15), Kaeden (12), Levi (10), Avery (8), and Dyna (6).
Marlon Hurst was most recently the Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church PC(USA) in Lexington, Kentucky, where he had served since 2003. He was also the Artistic Director of the Kentucky Bach Choir, a semi-professional chorus based in Lexington, from 2009-2023. Prior to his service to the church in Lexington, he was the Director of Music Ministries at Conyers Presbyterian Church in metro Atlanta. While living in the Atlanta area, he sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choruses under the direction of Robert Shaw and Norman MacKenzie. Marlon holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Bachelor of Sacred Music from Cumberland College (Kentucky). He is married to Kathi, and between them they have five adult children who reside in Lexington, Kentucky and Durham, North Carolina.
A native of New York, Todd Monsell comes to us after 15 years in Charleston, where he served as Director of Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church. A professional organist since his high school days, Todd has degrees from Hamilton College (B.A.) and the University of New Hampshire (M.A.T.). In addition to his duties at Westminster, Todd is Upper School Vocal Music Instructor at Christ Church Episcopal School. He is also founder and bass in the Charlestones, a professional a cappella quartet that performs throughout the southeast. Todd lives in Greenville with his wife Jessica, an attorney, and sons Julian, 14, and Cameron, 11.
A native of Houston, Texas, Katie came to Greenville to attend Furman University. She began singing at Westminster Presbyterian while in college and soon made it her church home. While working toward her Bachelor of Music degree at Furman she met her husband Andrew, who was also studying music. After graduating, Katie moved to Chicago to earn her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. In 2007 she and Andrew were married at Westminster Presbyterian and soon returned to live in Greenville. Katie and Andrew have two sons, Daniel and James.
Hunter was raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina, before making the move to Greenville in 2015 to study music at Furman. It was during that time that he began attending church at Westminster as one of the Furman Choral Scholars. Before graduating in 2019, he had the opportunity to study many aspects of music: jazz, musical theatre, elementary music education, and more. Since then, he has served as a section leader in our Sanctuary Choir and helps with Vacation Bible School during the summer. When he isn’t at church, Hunter enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Jordan Smith, and their pup, Scout. Hunter is very excited for this opportunity to serve our WPC community and is looking forward to helping our youth celebrate God’s love through the gift of music.
Cherub Choir Director
Born and raised in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, Diana is a graduate of Furman University with a BM in voice performance and a MM from Indiana State University in music education. She is a music teacher at Bethel Elementary School in Simpsonville. Diana enjoys time at home with her partner, Libba, and two children, Manning and Lennon. Together, they enjoy spending time outdoors, reading, and traveling.
Cara Puntch is a Westminster church member. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Presbyterian College and a Masters in Administration from Clemson University. Prior to becoming the Weekday School Director, she worked for Greenville County Schools as a classroom teacher and as an ADEPT Teacher Leader. Cara and her husband, Bryant, have two daughters and one son. Two of her children attend Westminster Weekday School. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, and coffee.
Weekday School Assistant Director
Candi has been a part of Westminster Weekday School since 1997. She worked as a 4K assistant teacher for 18 years before moving to be part of the office staff. Candi is married to Robert and has one son, Will, who graduated from the University of Oregon. Candi loves being part of the Westminster family.
Michelle has been employed at WPC since 1998. She and her husband, David, live in Easley and have three daughters, Kelsey, Ashley, and Celia. Together, she and David love gardening, antiquing, and restoring their 105 year old house.
Wendy came to work at Westminster Presbyterian Church in 2005. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, as well as reading, writing, and working jigsaw puzzles.
Anna grew up in Columbia and moved to Greenville to attend Furman University where she studied Physics and Secondary Education and met her husband David. Upon graduation, Anna spent seven years teaching science at JL Mann High School while attending Westminster and volunteering with the youth group. She has participated in many church programs and organizations and is an elder. Anna is now our part-time Interim Youth Coordinator.
Caroline moved to Greenville from Columbia in 2012 and joined Westminster at that time. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in English. After teaching at high school and college levels for a number of years, she now devotes her time to her family, running her own food business, and now, working with the precious children of Westminster. Caroline lives in Greenville with her husband, Hunter, and their daughter, Nora, and son, Bo.
Aly joined the WPC family in 2018 after moving to Greenville to join her wife, Ellis. Originally from Southeast Missouri, Aly and Ellis call Greenville home with their three dogs Seymour, Graham, and Toby. She works as a Director of Engagement at the Clemson Alumni Association and enjoys cheering on the Tigers, good music, and cooking for family and friends. Aly serves as Director of Nurseries and is excited to welcome the youngest members to WPC.
Steve grew up in Poway, California, where he met his wife, Amy. They have three children, Kallie, Wiley, and Joshua. In addition to serving as the Building Supervisor at WPC, Steve serves as the solo pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Woodruff.