Staff

Rev. Dr. Daniel Smoak

Rev. Dr. Daniel Smoak

Pastor
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Daniel grew up on a cotton farm in Orangeburg, SC. Being baptized, confirmed, and ordained at First Presbyterian, Orangeburg, he will tell you that he has been aware of God’s love for him in Jesus Christ every day of his life. He learned the faith from his family and ministry from influential teachers at Presbyterian College (BA), Princeton Seminary (MDiv), and Erskine Seminary (DMin). He’s served churches in Thomasville, Georgia and York, SC before coming to Westminster.

Daniel is married to Amy, and he calls her “my favorite person in the whole world.” They are the parents of Andrew, Lauren, and Matthew. They love family time: learning, hanging out together, and visiting friends and family.

Daniel loves the Lord, the church, and being a pastor. He’s passionate about worship, teaching, and caring for others.

Rev. Lissa Long

Associate Pastor
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Lissa spent most of her time growing up in Athens, Ga (Go Dawgs!) where she was encouraged in her faith by her family and church, Central Presbyterian. Lissa attended Presbyterian College, graduating in ’98 with a degree in Christian Education/Religion and a minor in Special Education completing her senior paper on the importance of camp and conference ministry. Lissa found God calling her to work in York, SC at First Presbyterian Church (D.C.E.) and then to Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church (Director for Youth and Family Ministries). When she felt the tug to hospice ministry in 2005 it came as a shock, but was a wonderful 11 year journey as a hospice chaplain. Lissa was called to be ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament and attended Erskine Seminary receiving her MDiv in 2012 and later ordained in 2013 as the Associate Pastor for Palmetto Presbyterian Church. Since Palmetto, Lissa enjoyed offering pulpit supply to colleagues on mission trips and taking vacation. She also had the opportunity to serve as Transitional Director for Christian Education with First (Scots) Presbyterian Church for several years.

Lissa is married to Grahame, Chief Curator at the Charleston Museum. They have two fabulous children, Macie and Sumner. You can find them riding bikes, working on a home project, or visiting with neighbors.

Robin Zemp

Mr. Robin Zemp

Director of Music/Organist
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Robin directs the Sanctuary and Handbell Choirs, serves as church organist, and oversees the music ministry at Westminster. He has over 40 years of experience in church music ministry and has been at Westminster since 2002. He is also on the faculty of the College of Charleston Department of Music.

He has been honored by the South Carolina Music Teachers Association as recipient of its Distinguished Service Award and was named an MTNA Fellow in 2011 by the Music Teachers National Association in recognition of outstanding service to the music teaching profession.

In his spare time, Robin enjoys gardening and playing with his basset hound Cotton.

Janie Bruce

Mrs. Janie Bruce

Director of Children and Youth Ministries
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Janie Bruce is a native of North Alabama but has called Charleston home for 10 years now.  She is married to lifelong Westminster member, Charles Bruce.  Together they are proud parents of daughter, Spencer.  Janie is a member and ordained Deacon at Westminster.  Janie has been serving as Director of Youth & Children’s Ministries since January of 2011.

When she is not working, Janie enjoys traveling, playing at the beach, and spending time with family.

Nita Rushton

Mrs. Nita Rushton

Office Administrator
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Nita began her journey as the Office Administrator at Westminster in June 2012. She and her husband, Tony, along with their two children have been members of Westminster for over 30 years. Nita serves as a Notary Public.

Nita enjoys spending time with friends and family in Charleston and travels often to Raleigh, North Carolina.