Rev. Rebecca Weltmann
Pastor Becki is a native of Hamilton, New Jersey. She was ordained in 2010 after graduating with her Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She began as pastor of Washington Presbyterian Church immediately following ordination. In this role, Becki provides preaching and pastoral ministry, Bible study leadership, and youth ministry leadership. An avid reader and writer, she loves to learn and explore new places. She is a quilter because she needed an outlet for her fabric addiction. Able to quote entire Monty Python sketches, completely addicted to drinking lattes in her “other office” (the local coffee shop), a Presbyterian from birth, and slowly forming a loyalty to the Green Bay Packers, Becki has a heart for ministry and helping others learn how they can add to the body of Christ.
I have been the Administrative Assistant at Washington Presbyterian Church for nearly 20 years. This is my second career as I retired after 30 years as a Certified Dental Assistant. I was born and raised in Bloomington, Illinois and moved to Washington in 1975. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother. I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and watching them in their various sporting events and extra- curricular activities. My husband and I spend our summers at home relaxing by our pool and watching the grandkids and their friends swim. We enjoy having family and friends over for cookouts and swim parties. The winter months seem pretty long, but I enjoy reading, cooking and baking and am still a "Taxi" service for my grandchildren on occasion. I love to sing and sing in the church choir with two of my granddaughters which is very special to me. It makes me very happy to be part of this church family. I guess I will be here until they 'kick' me out or God decides it͛s time for me to go!
Our own Ann Tharp began her musical career taking piano lessons every Saturday at the tender age of 7 near her home town of Ackley, Iowa, in Steamboat Rock, Iowa until the age of 12. After that, with her musical interests aroused, she continued practicing but was self-taught, playing at her local church and while working at a neighborhood bank starting at the age of 18. She married Russell Tharp in 1952, and honeymooned in San Francisco, California… as Russell was preparing to be shipped out to Korea with the U.S. Army. They moved to Washington, Illinois in 1956 where she became the Organist at WPC until Russell's job moved them to Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1967. She returned to Washington in 1969 once again as the Organist, a Choir Member, and eventually became the Pianist and Director of the Choir as well as the Director of WPC's Bell Choir. Ann enjoys spending time with her daughter Jean, son Bob, her grandchildren, and her friends. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, antiquing, decorating, upholstering, tole painting, and of course, researching new musical pieces for the WPC Choirs to entertain our congregation.
Serving as organist since November 2008 is Carol Dorward. The native of McClean County, IL came to Washington in the fall of 1970 to teach at Washington Community High School where she was employed as a teacher of Home Economics, now referred to as Family and Consumer Sciences. She retired from that institution in 2003. Presently, she teaches one class at Bradley University. Organ music has been a major part of her life, commencing at about 14 years of age when the wife of a local band teacher, Elizabeth Baptista, introduced her to a pipe organ. In the intervening years, Roberta Chambers (Lincoln Christian College) and Rachel Mahue (Peoria) have assisted in honing her skills. Her added interests do include gardening (she was raised on a farm), costume work (having costumed 16 productions for Washington Community High School and, occasionally, assisting with Corn Stock, Peoria Players, and East Side theaters). She also pieces together quilt tops of which many have been donated for mission work. She has authored several articles, published by the Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society, relative to the history of Washington. Her late husband was Donald L. Doward.