Originally from Southern California, Willie has been in ministry for over 30 years in 9 different states, including Alaska. He and his wife Beverly, along with their three children, moved to Richmond from Central Florida in June of 2017.
Willie studied at Westmont College and Alliance Theological Seminary and has traveled to Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Not only has Willie been involved in church work, he has worked in higher education, the transportation, financial, and restaurant/entertainment industries.
His passions are developing leaders, studying history, and spending time with his family. Besides being serious about his coffee, Willie enjoys traveling (anytime, anyplace, for any reason), going on adventures in the outdoors, touring historical sites and art museums, listening to jazz, reading biographies, and watching college football.
A native of Buffalo, NY and resident of Richmond since 2000, Kathie has been the West End Church Administrator since 2005. Her background is in business and banking.
Kathie and her husband, Steve, have two adult children, one grandson, and three grand-cats. In her free time, Kathie enjoys attending the Annual Richmond Celtic Festival (in full Scottish garb) and taking day-trips with her husband. Other interests include reading and listening to a broad range of literature and musical genres.
She and her family are avid Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Nationals fans. Even when Kathie's teams are losing, her ever-hopeful response is, “wait'll next year!”
Worship Arts Director / Women's Group Leader
Shari has been leading worship, as well as initiating and coordinating a variety of other ministries at West End Church, since 1999. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Taylor University and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University.
Shari worked extensively in the mental health field before her unexpected career change toward music ministry. In 2015, Shari recorded her first CD project at Yackland Studios in Nashville, TN called “Deeper." Shari has also spoken at many women’s events nationally and internationally.
She has three amazing kids and seven impossibly beautiful grandchildren. In her spare time, Shari enjoys hanging out with her husband Walter, eating pizza, and playing with their two 90-lbs dogs.