James Fields- PNC Chair
James Fields and his wife Ki-Mi have been members of Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church since 1999 and are active members within the church. Together they have two children, Chrissy and Jimmie. James was Co-Chair of the WHPC Forward in Faith Capitol Campaign, enjoys helping coordinate Pancake Breakfasts, working with Feed My Starving Children, is active in pilgrimage ministries and serves Austin Presbyterian Pilgrimage Council as Council Advisor. He has served as Deacon, Greeter, Usher and is currently serving as Elder. James was raised in a Christian family in Port Arthur and baptized at the age of seven. He has worked in and around the Capitol for more than 30 years and currently works in governmental affairs for a professional trade association.
Ray and Heather Bacon have been married for 15 years. They have two daughters, Gracie, 12 and Hannah, 23. Ray has served as Deacon for eight years at WHPC, served on three Congregational Nominating Committees and one Associate Pastor Nominating Committee. Ray was Moderator for APC #22, staff member for 17 APC/APP weekends and Staff member for 2 Walk to Siloam weekends.
Joan Brady BUzzard
Joan Brady Buzzard grew up in Alpine, Texas in the Big Bend Park area. Her professional life was as a teacher of English, Public Speaking and Library Science. Joan was a faculty member at the Dallas County Community College System and later served in the Community College Division of The Board of Higher Education for the State of Texas. She was ordained as an Elder in Northridge Presbyterian Church in Dallas where she sang in the choir and was active in the women’s ministry. After moving to Austin, she joined Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder in 1996. Joan has been an active member of WHPC since 1989 and has served the church in several capacities: Elder, choir, Lay Ministry group and Neighborhood Care Group leader. Joan and Charles (Buzz) were married at WHPC in November of 1999.
Christie Bybee, and her husband, Clinton, have been members of WHPC since 2004. They have two children, Christopher and Julia. Christie attended Pilgrimage (APC 24) and has served WHPC as a Sunday School teacher, Confirmation small group leader and Celebration and Focus volunteer. Currently, she serves on the Stewardship Committee and Student Ministry Team. Christie volunteers with a variety of organizations in the community – Mobile Loaves & Fishes, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, GETMAD, and the Westlake High School PTO. She also serves as a Trustee on the EISD School Board. Christie enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and everything Austin.
Jim Little and his wife Cathy have been members at WHPC for over 20 years. Their two children, Amy and Sarah, were raised in the church. Jim has served as a Sunday school teacher, Sunday morning greeter, usher, deacon and as a session member. Jim also served on staff for Celebration and Pilgrimage retreats. He has volunteered with IHN, Friends from the Church and been a part of several mission trips to Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.
Ben Rhem and his wife, Angie, have been members at WHPC since 2010. Their son, Sam, 6, is in kindergarten and their daughter, Georgia Claire, 3, is in preschool here at WHPC. Ben has previously served on the Congregational Nominating Team and Angie has served on the Children’s Ministry Team. Ben and Angie regularly attend the Faith and Parenting Class led by Leanne and Randy Spencer. Ben is an attorney with Jackson Walker and practices environmental and energy law. Ben was baptized and raised at First Presbyterian Church in Houston.
Diane Slaikeu and her husband, Karl, have been members of Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church since 1984. Their children Erik and Kristina were nurtured in this church community and now Kristina’s daughter will be attending the WHPC preschool in the fall. A lawyer and mediator by training, Diane is currently serving as Elder, has served on the Session twice before and has been actively involved in the Westbank Women’s Bible Study, the Preferred Path Conflict Resolution Ministry, and the Faith in Christ Church Ministry (Liberia). Having worked in both the Texas and South Carolina state legislatures, Diane eventually chose to focus on negotiation and mediation in her private practice. Diane is now enjoying her two grandchildren and her continued involvement with the faithful, vibrant community of WHPC.
Stephen Thorne joined WHPC in 2009. He has lived in Texas all his life, and has lived in Austin since 2000. Stephen has attended -and staffed- Cursillo/Pilgrimage, and has served the church in a variety of capacities. He is “doing life” with his awesome life group, and Stephen served as Moderator at AP 43 in February 2017. Stephen is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice in Austin for 15 years, where he specializes in the area of forensic psychology.
Dinah Welsh and her husband, Rod, have been members of Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church since 1994 and are active members of the Covenant Sunday School class. Both Dinah and Rod have previously served on the session of WHPC as elders. Dinah and Rod have three children, Siena, 15, Milania, 11, and Bowen, 9, who are all very active in WHPC activities. Dinah has been actively involved in children's ministries most of her life and continues this commitment at WHPC. Dinah is the chief executive officer of the Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting and further developing the trauma and emergency health care systems of Texas. Dinah was raised in a Christian family and has been a lifelong Presbyterian. She was baptized as an infant and later married at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas. Dinah and Rod enjoy spending time with their family and friends, staying active outdoors, cheering on the Longhorns and traveling.
Debbie is a lifelong Presbyterian; baptized at Southminster Presbyterian in Tulsa, OK, confirmed at St. John’s Presbyterian in Houston, and married to Fred Wilder 40 years ago at Memorial Drive Presbyterian in Houston. She and Fred have been members of WHPC since 1986. Debbie has served as an elder at WHPC, served on staff at Cursillo/Pilgrimage numerous times, helped with confirmation class, taught 4th and 5th grade Sunday School, and is the founder and director of the Gathering for the last 16 years, and New Connections for eight years. Fred & Debbie have two children, Lauren & Brian, who were nurtured and supported spiritually by many people at WHPC. The family enjoys trips to Colorado to ski, hike, cycle and golf.