The Rev. Will Shurley was called as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in April 2014. He is passionate about preaching and working to help people apply God's eternal Word to their contemporary lives. In 2015, along with two other local pastors, he was a founding member of the Gulfport Ecumenical Fellowship, a grass-roots gathering of pastors from along the Mississippi Gulf Coast for prayer, Bible study, and forming creative, cooperative mission efforts among local churches. He is also a member of Gulfport Rotary.
Prior to being called to Westminster, Will was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Titusville, New Jersey; assistant director of alumni relations at Princeton Theological Seminary; and an associate in the Office of Public Affairs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. He earned his master of divinity degree in 2007 from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was recipient of the Friar's Club award for contributions to the life of the campus community. His undergraduate degree is in journalism from Baylor University.
Will and his wife, Anna Kate, a Baptist minister, have two young children. They are enjoying making the greater Gulfport area home.
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Presbyterian churches are rooted in the thelogy of the Reformation. One of the radical ideas put forth during that time was that congregations should not be "ruled" by clergy alone. Instead, scripture testifies that qualified men and women of spritual maturity , called by God and elected by the congregation, are, on equal footing with clergy, to "measure out" the faithfulness of the congregation, discern God's will for the church, and exercise special pastoral care for its members. These are the current Westminster session members.
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Mary Ellen Thornhill