Lead Pastor: Pastor Bill Shoemaker
Pastor Bill Shoemaker is from Manahawkin, New Jersey, where he served as the Community Life Pastor at Manahawkin Baptist Church. Bill and his wife, Donna, have two children.
On Sunday, December 15 the congregation voted to call Pastor Bill Shoemaker, the Pulpit Committee’s selected candidate, as the new Senior Pastor of West Church. He has accepted the call and moved into the parsonage on Saturday, January 18, 2020. He will preach his first sermon as the Senior Pastor of West Church on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
To learn more about Bill visit the New Senior Pastor page, which contains a Christmas Greeting video from Bill and Donna, an informational brochure, and a link to the teachings and preaching times during Bill’s Candidating Visit in December 2019.
Associate Pastor: Pastor Rick T. McDonnell
Pastor Rick was converted to Christ in his junior year at Boston College under the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. After graduating with a B.S. in Business Management, Rick went on Staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. He served in the campus ministry at the University of Connecticut from 1976-1978. It was there that he met Kathy Carey and was married in August 1978. He then entered Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and graduated in 1982 with a Masters of Divinity.
His first pastoral ministry was at the Pittsford Congregational Church in Vermont from 1982-1989. He left the pastoral ministry for a season working as a Honda car salesman, and then managing a retail leather goods store in Rutland, Vermont. He was instrumental in starting the Reformed Bible Church in Rutland, Vermont and served there part-time before coming to West Church in June of 1992.
For 25 years Pastor Rick has served as the Associate Pastor overseeing Christian Education, Small Group Ministries, Youth Ministry and Community Outreach. He also preaches occasionally, teaches regularly an Adult Sunday School Class, disciples men, leads missions trips, does pastoral visiting and serves a variety of ministry tasks as needed for the good of West Church.
Rick and Kathy McDonnell have been married since 1978. Kathy serves as the Music Committee Chair; and facilitates the Worship Team and special music in the church. She also works part-time at an insurance agency in Danvers, Massachusetts. Rick and Kathy have 2 delightful children Ryan and Katelyn who they are so proud of; and who are both happily married and live near. They have a three grandchildren, who they enjoy deeply.
Pastor Rick enjoys going to the gym for daily exercise and evangelism, is a die-hard New England Patriots Fan and enjoys tennis, walking, being outside, eating good food and reading theology books and mystery novels. Rick and Kathy love the people at West Church for they are their spiritual family.