Rev. Heather Kirk-Davidoff
Rev. Heather Kirk-Davidoff (Minister) began serving as Westminster’s minister in May, 2020, while the church building was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She and her husband Dan Kirk-Davidoff moved to Albany from Columbia, Maryland in 1998 and bought a house on Dove Street, just a half a block away from Westminster. They are active members of the Center Square Neighborhood Association and love living in the city of Albany.
Heather was born in Schenectady, New York and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. A graduate of Yale University (B.A. 1989) and Harvard Divinity School (M.Div. 1994), she was ordained by the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ in 1994. Prior to coming to Westminster, Heather served as the Interim Protestant Campus Minister at Union College in Schenectady, NY. She has served as minister of the Kittamaqundi Community Church in Columbia, Maryland and the First Congregational Church of Somerville, MA and directed the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington, D.C. Rev. Kirk-Davidoff is the co-author of two books, Talking Faith (Chalice Press, 2004) and Dare to Dive In: Strategies and Resources for Involving Your Whole Church in Worship (Abingdon, 2006) as well as several book chapters and numerous magazine articles. She and Dan are parents of three adult children and an adult foster daughter.
Director of Christian Education
Belinda Quaye (Director of Christian Education) began leading the religious education program at Westminster in 2013 after teaching Sunday school for many years here in the U.S. and in her home country of Ghana. Originally trained as a school librarian, Belinda loves to share God’s word with children in a way that makes them feel included and valued. She is skilled in a number of teaching methods including of the Montessori-based program Godly Play. Belinda serves the wider church as part of the Leadership Council of the Association for Presbyterian Church Educators (www.apcenet.org). Belinda also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at the FOCUS Churches of Albany and is an active member of the Westminster African Missions team. She is married to Ben and mother to Maxine and Robert.
Minister of Music and Arts
Susan Sady (Minister of Music and Arts) is currently the organist and choir director. Previously, she served as Minister of Music at New Hartford Presbyterian Church in New Hartford, NY. She was the conductor of the Utica Maennerchor choruses from 2012- 2022.
She holds both a B. S. in Biology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master of Music degree in organ performance from Syracuse University where she was twice awarded the Arthur Poister Prize in organ performance.
Administration and Finance Team
Lorraine Charboneau came to Westminster in July 2021 and brings to the job significant experience in non-profit and financial management, most recently at the Fiscal Policy Institute. Before beginning her work in the nonprofit sector, Lorraine spent a number of years with two financial institutions serving our low/moderate-income communities and populations in New York State through her work as their Community Reinvestment Officer. Her work includes overseeing our expanding use of the building to increase our community impact. She often brings her dog Sawyer to help with greeting each person who comes into our building.
Forrest Holroyd has served as Treasurer of Westminster since 2015. He comes to the work with a background in Math and Physics, including serving as IT Manager at a local company before retirement. He is also an active member of the Westminster choir, a member of our IT team, and past President of our Board of Trustees. He is married to Nancy and father to Andrea, Sheila, and Colleen. They have been members of Westminster since 2004.
Kim Deal has served as Communications Manager since 2016.
Joy Tallmadge (Associate Sexton) grew up in Westminster and has been a member of the church for over 50 years. She helps oversee our building, opening and closing on Sunday mornings and assists as we host weddings, funerals and other special events. Joy has one son, two granddaughters, one dog and three cats to keep her company.
Who Does What at Westminster
(and How Can I Join In)?
Several on-going teams implement the church’s mission and vision. These teams report to our Session but anyone in the church with an interest can participate in guiding and leading the church’s program by serving on one of these teams. The teams that are currently active are:
Christian Life and Learning (CL&L)
Adult Spiritual Development Team
Children, Youth and Families Team
Communications & Outreach
Deacons and Trustees
Westminster also has two additional elected boards:
They assist with communion, make home and hospital visits, and help members celebrate special milestones. The Deacons maintain an active prayer chain. They also oversee three benevolence funds which they can distribute to people in need in our congregation and in the wider community.
The Trustees have formed a number of committees that focus on specific areas of work. Each of these teams are open to others volunteers from the church community who have an interest–you do not need to be a Trustee to serve in this way:
The Investment Committee oversees the church’s invested funds.
The Stewardship & Budget Committee establishes a budget for the church each year and leads our Stewardship Campaign, inviting all members and friends of the congregation to give financial gifts to our church.
The IT Committee looks after the church’s technology.
The congregation also votes on a Nominating Committee each year with representatives from the Session, the Deacons and the Trustees. The purpose of this committee is to nominate people to serve on each of these boards. Their nominations are voted on by the congregation at a meeting at the end of each year.