Rev. Dr. EnikÅ‘ Ferenczy: Pastor
EnikÅ‘ comes to Westminster after 8 years of serving as assistant pastor at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA, where she facilitated the mission and outreach work of the congregation and its justice ministry within the interfaith grassroots network Richmonders Involved in Strengthening Communities (RISC).
Prior, she worked as Program Coordinator for an MA in Missiology program at the Protestant Institute for Mission Studies, as well as set up and coordinated a Refugee Integration Program within the Reformed Church in Hungary, based in Budapest.
EnikÅ‘ loves exploring the intersection of faith and public life both in her ministry and personal life. Having spent significant time in Israel/Palestine as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer, and later as a participant in WCC's Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme for Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), she is a passionate advocate for peace and reconciliation in the region, and is happy to share about her experiences both through workshops and personal conversations.
She holds a chemical engineering degree from the University of Babes-Bolyai in Cluj, Romania, and earned her Ph. D. from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, where she also served as the International Student Advisor. "Beyond Borders: Toward a Migration-Conscious Theology of Mission for the Reformed Church in Hungary," is the title of her dissertation.
Outside of church commitments, you will find EnikÅ‘ enjoying the outdoors, her new garden plot at the community garden on Spink Street, and exploring cultural events. A native of Transylvania, Romania, and having spent many years in Virginia, she welcomes suggestions about fun places and things to discover in Ohio.
Rev. Dr. Jim Henery: Office Administrator
Jim and Jill Henery left Wooster (and his teaching at WHS) and Westminster (as our parish associate) in 2000 to serve a church in Winchester, KY. A few Westminster members were there for his installation, including the Rev. Dr. Carroll Meyer. And now, 20 years later, they have returned to Wooster (their birthplace) to retire. However, Jim has found his way back to Westminster to be the newest office administrator, having decided that retirement wasn’t for him.
Where have they been? After Kentucky along with teaching at the U. of Kentucky, and Jill who worked as a project manager for LEXMARK, they moved to Ithaca, NY, to serve a church for the next 10 years. Jim also taught at Ithaca College, was the Cornell ROTC chaplain and Jill was a project manager at Cornell. A home in Canada’s Prince Edward Island kept them busy with travelling. They moved back to Kentucky for a year’s interim position and then to Laurinburg, NC, and St. Andrews University (PCUSA). Jim was the director of communications and chaplain for the past seven years. Jill was the administrator for the liberal arts programs. When COVID interrupted, they chose to return to Wooster where they have family. They live in the Deer Creek neighborhood.
Rev. Dr. Thomas Shaw: Minister of Music
Tom is a freshly retired United Methodist minister, who is also an experienced organist and pianist, as well as choir director. He lived and served in places ranging from Massachusetts, Iowa, Germany and Tunisia, and most recently Brunswick, Ohio.
Tony Mendiola: Tech Assistant/Event Steward
Tony was born and raised in Wooster and since 2017, he has been employed at the Buehler's Wooster Milltown store in the "Chef's Kitchen". In addition, since 2019, he has been studying Digital Video Media Technology at Stark State College.
In his free time, Tony enjoys creative endeavors such as writing, filmmaking and creative programming.