Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Ellen Quaadgras
I am a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School where the underlying principle of “Building the beloved community” became integral to my own vision of ministry. I have had the opportunity to expand on this vision in settings ranging from the Interfaith Fellows program with Hebrew College, to my work as an intern with the Follen Church Society in Lexington, to my Ministerial Residency for Social Justice in Dallas. Before taking a turn towards religion, my working life was in the world of healthcare, technology and project management, all substantial building blocks for the work I get to do today. Now, I am thrilled to be serving the congregation of Westminster, a community whose inherent warmth and caring align so closely with my own vision for what church can be.
In that spirit I am delighted to have landed here in East Greenwich and am looking forward to getting to know each and every one in the Westminster community. If you are not yet here but seeking a spiritual home, I hope you consider stepping through our doorway. If you are already here, I hope that you continue the unfolding of your relationship to this special place.
Either way, I look forward to the opportunity to continue learning, growing, and connecting, as together we build this singular and precious “Beloved community.”
Lesli-Ann joined Westminster in April of 2015. She brings many years of experience in business, marketing and design to her role. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Studio Art from American University in Washington, DC and a Master’s in Business Administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. In addition to her work at the church, Lesli-Ann is the Owner and Creative Director of a Graphics Design and Stationery Studio. She and her husband live in Cranston, Rhode Island.
Nonetta has been at Westminster since 2005. An exceptional pianist, she plays at all our services, as well as providing direction to our adult choir. In addition, Nonetta is on the faculties of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Music School, the Our Lady of Mercy School in East Greenwich, RI, and the St. Peter School in Warwick, RI. Her credentials include a B.A. in Music from Romanos Melikyan College of Music, an M.A. from Armenian State Conservatory (where she became a Professor of Piano Performance). She is a member of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association and MENC, The National Association for Music Education.
Religious Education Coordinator
Katie joined Westminster in August of 2016 and will be the Youth Religious Education Coordinator for the 2016-2017 school year. She is very excited to be joining the Westminster community. She is a parent of three school-aged children (9, 7 ½ & 5) and has previous experience as a first-grade teacher. She is looking forward to learning more about Westminster and assisting its members, teachers and youth this year.