We are a small, vibrant, growing and diverse church family with a big heart. Our doors are open to all and we welcome everyone who God draws here. You will find blessed and broken people ready to walk with you on the journey of faith. This is a safe place to connect with God and others. We are here to help you grow in your Christian faith and journey to: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ And to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
(from Matthew 22:37-39)
I love our congregation! We aren’t very big, but we love big and we serve big. We are a unique mix of people—all over the map politically, economically, socially, and even theologically—but we love God and respect, accept, and include each person who finds their way into our flawed and imperfect community. It is heartbreakingly beautiful.
This church is a place where you can be you and be loved for exactly who you are. It has long been known as a gracious space for healing and transformation (body, mind, and spirit). If you are here, you are part of something special—you are important, you matter, and you belong.
I am so grateful to pastor a congregation where God’s word, an ethic of putting faith into loving action, and prayer guide all we do. Leadership is shared because we know we follow Jesus best when all are included and we are doing it together. Sometimes this gets messy, but it is always worth it.
It brings me great joy that outreach and service are central to the congregation’s identity and practice. I am constantly amazed at their willingness to ask hard questions about how to practice their faith in a complex world. Perhaps the best part of my job is getting to lead worship each week. You just never know how God will show up! Like our church, our worship service is rarely polished or perfect. It is, however, always wholehearted, authentic (to a fault), and at times, breathtakingly holy, a little foretaste of heaven.
I graduated from Trinity University, majoring in Sociology and Biology, with minors in Anthropology and Religion. After working in food service, youth ministry, and environmental remediation, I heard God’s call and went to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I served churches in Texas and Virginia before being called to WPC. (pictured second from right)
I have come to truly love Windsor here at the corner of 63rd and University. Just 12 years ago I came to Windsor seeking a way that I might serve God. I have found ways for me to serve God that I might never have explored. I feel heard here as if what I think matters, including my musical and writing ideas. The church has given me a gift to serve and I only pray that God will help me to treat the gift reverently and serve Windsor well.
There is a true spiritual sense here, and I think many if not all of us are enfolded into it. We aren’t big, but as Pastor Shamaine says, we are doing big church stuff. There is love here that can be felt, and you don’t have to reach out far to touch it.
Come to Windsor. Feel the love. Join us as we work and pray together to come ever closer to God. (pictured front center)
We value community and want to be a congregation that joyfully lifts our voices together in praise. I am passionate about worship that is dynamic, diverse, excellent, meaningful and authentic. My greatest hope is that I can help empower others to glorify God and joyfully worship through music and the arts. I hope that you will join us in the wonderful expression of worship at Windsor Presbyterian Church.
I also have the delight of sharing the wonderful ministries and outreach to the public by shepherding the communications of Windsor in print, web and social media.
I graduated from Coe College with a BA in both music and religion, and minor in psychology, and have continued my education in trainings in early childhood music, church music, piano and communications. (pictured left)
My hope is that my organ playing, a mix of music from both classical composers and more contemporary ones, prompts the listener to actively engage in worship, and that you find it meaningful. I hope you will come join us to worship! I look forward to meeting you!
(pictured second from left)
Windsor Presbyterian Church is one of 50 Presbyterian congregations in south central Iowa that make up the Presbytery of Des Moines (named after the river when it was organized in 1843, before the city of Des Moines was incorporated). In turn, the Presbytery of Des Moines is one of 166 presbyteries that make up the Presbyterian Church (USA). The PCUSA is a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), which is a member of the World Council of Churches (WCC). Along with the Roman Catholic Church and other denominations that are not members of the WCC, we all are the Body of Christ in the world today. Of course, the Body of Christ (that is the Church Universal) includes Christians of centuries past and future generations.
In the Presbyterian tradition/structure, "congregations are bound together in communion with one another, united in relationships of accountability and responsibility, contributing their strengths to the benefit of the whole, and are called, collectively, the church" (Book of Order, G-1.0101).
Presented by Amgad Beblawi, Mission Executive, Presbyteries of Prospect Hill, Des Moines, North Central Iowa of the Presbterian Church (USA) at the celebration of Windsor Presbyterian Church's 100 year Anniversary celebration on November 20, 2023.
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