Your Church Elders
Our elders are spiritually mature men who love, lead and shepherd the congregation.
Our elders are called to lead and shepherd the congregation. They direct the affairs of the church. The elders pray for members of the congregation, provide spiritual guidance for them, oversee the preaching and teaching of the Word and worship services, establish and oversee all Christian Education. Elders also teach the Word in various capacities (including small groups). Elders exercise church discipline, examine ruling elders and deacons, examine the records and budget of the church, approve actions of special importance affecting church property, call congregational meetings and perform other duties to direct the affairs of the church.
New elders are nominated and voted on by the congregation each year. They serve 3 year terms.
Eric Eagle - Active
Eric is an Army civilian stationed at Fort Gordon. He is husband to Natalka and dad to Lilya. He has served as an elder at an inter-denominational church in Darmstadt, Germany as part of Converge International, a
church-planting organization with a vision to reach and disciple international English speakers. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. His favorite things include hanging out with his family, geography, 3D design and Linux.
Johannes (Yon) Hubenthal - Active
Johann was born near Philadelphia, PA in 1978, to Pastor Karl and Rheta Hubenthal. Johan was the youngest of five and grew up under the ministry of the gospel in the OPC. In 1990, they moved to the mission field as church planters in Paramaribo, Suriname. Johan finished high school there and returned to the States for college. He has
a BA from Geneva College, and is currently working toward an MA in intercultural studies at Columbia
International University. He joined the Navy, met and married Tiffany in Augusta, and they have five children, Adelina, Jensen, Anaiah, Avalyn and Jotham. He was ordained as an elder in the PCA in 2008 and served for 5 years, broken up by a deployment. He returned from Maryland on orders as a Navy instructor in 2017 and joined WPC with Tiffany.
Ed Payne - Active
Ed Payne served on active duty in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Ft. Gordon. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and taught there for 25 years in the Department of Family Medicine. He has written several books, including, "Biblical Medical Ethics", "Making Biblical Decisions, What Every Christian Should Know about
the AIDS Epidemic", "Biblical Healing for Modern Medicine: Choosing Life and Health or Disease and Death," and "God Confronts Culture." He maintains three websites: biblicalphilosophy.org, biblicalworldview21.org and bmei.org. He has served as an elder in the former PCUS at Lakemont Presbyterian, in the PCA at First
Presbyterian and at Christ Church Presbyterian while it was independent. He has practiced Biblical counseling in his medical practice and at First Presbyterian Church in the 1980's. He has been married to Jeanne for 51 years
with four children and 13 grandchildren.
Bryan McReynolds - Inactive
Bryan is a native Texan, with a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Stephen F. Austin State University. He married his beloved wife, Debbie in the spring of 1982 and spent the first four years of married life serving on active duty as an officer in the United States Marine Corp. They have three children.
Bryan has worked in the industrial chemical distribution business since 1986, moving to the Augusta area with his family in 1988. Shortly after their arrival here, the family joined Westminster Presbyterian Church, where Debbie
has served in various WIC positions, along with roles in childcare; while Bryan has served as Deacon and as an Elder.
Gary Mullen - Active
Gary Mullen was born and raised in Queens, N.Y. As a child, he attended a Presbyterian Church in Astoria. Queens. Gary attended elementary school in Brooklyn. He went to Pace University located in lower Manhattan, close to the World Trade Center, and graduated with a BBS in 1977. In 1978 he was hired by S. Lichtenberg & Co. Inc., a manufacturer, and distributor of household window curtains. S. Lichtenberg's headquarters is located in New York City on Fifth Avenue. In 1979, he was asked to try some southern living by working in the Augusta area at the curtain sewing plant in Waynesboro, Ga. Gary liked Georgia so much that he decided to stay in the area and has been with the company for over 36 years. Gary was invited to attend Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1980. The warmth and the truth that was taught at Westminster made him want to be a part of this church family. In 1982, a Yankee All-Star 2nd baseman came to Westminster for a conference. Gary was invited to have lunch with one of these Yankee heroes at a church member's home, who later introduced him to his wife-to-be, Darlene. Darlene graduated from Shorter College in 1981, and when they met in 1982 Darlene was the music teacher at Glenn Hills High School.
It was love at first sight (at least for Gary). Darlene had to get used to his Yankee accent! Gary and Darlene were married in 1983, and the Lord has blessed them with four wonderful girls. Gary has been a member at WPC since 1981. He served multiple terms as a Deacon and then as an Elder. Darlene has been the Choir Director since 1994. Gary has the characteristic of sticking with the things he loves: his wife, Westminster Presbyterian Church, favorite sports teams such as the NY Yankees, NY Giants, and Alabama football. Yes, Gary routed for Alabama even while he was a boy in Queens, N.Y.!
Emmanuel (Manny) Ngoh, D.M.D - Inactive
Born in Cameroon, West Africa, Emmanuel Ngoh (Manny) grew up in the Presbyterian Church where his dad was a Ruling Elder.
He is the owner and CEO of Augusta Endodontic Center. He is also on the board of Trustees at Westminster Schools where his sons are students. Manny is a member of Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA), and a Global Health Outreach (GHO) Team leader who has led Mission Trips to Haiti, Trinidad, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cameroon, Peru and Ecuador for the past ten years. His practice has partnered with numerous non-profit organizations through charitable events to benefit organizations such as Golden Harvest Food Bank to help feed the hungry, and Christ Community Health Services Dental Clinic that provides dental care for those in need.
He is the author of “Principles of Success,” which has been translated into Spanish, written for teenagers to help them find and fulfill their God-given potential and seek Christ-centered success.
Manny and his wife Catherine have three boys and Westminster Presbyterian Church has been their home church for the past ten years. He became a Ruling Elder in 2010.
He enjoys golfing, reading, and traveling.
Dan Nielsen - Active
Dan was fortunate to grow up on the prairies of South Dakota in a Christian home as the oldest of five siblings. He came to trust Christ as his personal savior during a summer camp meeting when he was 10, and he was baptized in a lake a few months later. Although it was 35 miles to his church, his family was dedicated to attending and serving the church, and Dan continued this practice by becoming the youth pastor after he graduated from high school and while he went to the local state university to earn his degree in agricultural engineering.
With a career in product development and factory operations while working 30 years for Husqvarna, and having married in 1979, Dan and Anne moved to the south in 1985, living first in Savannah GA, then Orangeburg SC, and finally Augusta in 1996 where they joined Westminster. While living in SC they found the PCA, and joined the church there in 1990, and he was first elected a ruling elder in 1992. He was then elected as an elder at WPC in 2000. Anne has primarily been a homemaker and artisan, and is now heavily involved in fine art painting. They are the proud parents of two daughters; Sarah who is a business manager for a large restaurant in Charleston, SC, and Meredith who is a physician assistant and is married to Brad Thompson who is an assistant district attorney. They live in New York City.
Dan is currently working as a forensic engineer for the lawn and garden industry, and travels around the country investigating accidents and working with various manufacturers to defend their products in court. At WPC along with serving in many capacities on the Session, he has taught Sunday School, is active in working with the diaconate, sings in the choir, loves to host and entertain guests at his lake home, and when in town is the friendly face you often see greeting at the front door or leading worship. He has also served on the Ridge Haven Board of Directors since 2009, and for the last three years has served as President.
Roy Smith - Active
Ruling elder Roy Smith is an Augusta native who was raised in a home where the Bible was taught and prayer was a regular practice. He became a Christian at the age of 10 when the Holy Spirit worked in his heart after having heard a sermon on hell. As a fifth-grader, he prayed to receive Christ as his Savior that very night. He attended Augusta College for two years and then transferred to Bryan College in Dayton, TN where he majored in hunting and minored in business. He has worked at his family business, Southeastern Equipment Co., for over 40 years. He is married to Joyce, who also grew up in Augusta, and they have 4 adult children. He enjoys hunting and fishing as well as football. He enjoys ministering to children, youth, and folks of all ages. He and his family have attended WPC since 1992.
John Nichols - Inactive
John was raised in a Christian home. His father was a United Methodist pastor for 40 years where he served 20 years in the United State Army as a chaplain and another 20 years serving various churches in South Carolina. The family moved around a lot and had one stint in Augusta. From Augusta they went to Japan where John graduated from High School. John attended Clemson University where he received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering. While in college he met the love of his life, Cheryl, and they were married shortly after graduation. John and Cheryl have 5 children and 7 grandchildren with number 8 on the way. They are originally from Charleston, SC but have been in Augusta for 10 years and have attended Westminster the entire time. Though raised in a Christian home, John did not accept Christ until he was 27 years old and had moved to Louisiana. While attending a United Methodist church he began to grow in faith. John and Cheryl taught Sunday school and worked with the youth. John was on the Administrative Counsel and served as chairman. While in Louisiana John meet a PCA pastor that spent significant time discipling him. When the family moved back to South Carolina they joined a PCA church. John was ordained and installed as a PCA elder in 1991. He served on the session, continued to teach sunday school and John and Cheryl served as youth directors. John and the family transferred to Augusta and joined Westminster in 2005. John has served on the session and taught sunday school.
Ted Kuhn - Active
Dr. W. “Ted” Kuhn is a professor of emergency medicine and professor of pediatrics. He also specializes in tropical infectious diseases and is the fellowship director for the international medicine fellowship at MCG and associate director of the clinical ultrasound fellowship at MCG. He is a fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene..
Dr. Kuhn spends half of his clinical time in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Georgia Regents University (Medical College of Georgia) and the other half of his time working in the developing world under MTW (Mission to the World- the mission sending arm of the Presbyterian Church in America).
He and his wife, Dr. Sharon Kuhn, are the co-Medical Directors of the medical ministry of MTW. Special projects include malaria control in SE Asia and tuberculosis. His passion is to pair medical ministry with the church planting ministry of MTW and the mentoring and preparing of young medical professionals for medical missions in the developing world.
He is the author of three recent books that focus on medicine in the developing world especially directed to those who are involved in faith-based medical missions. One is a textbook, Global Medical Missions: Preparation, Procedure, Practice, which is co-authored by Dr. Sharon Kuhn. The second is a collection of short stories about people he has interacted with during his travels, My Eyes, His Heart. The last is a book for health care workers interested in missions, Heal, In Imitation of Christ.