Rev. Dr. Daniel Smoak


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

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, Director of Museums with Historic Charleston Foundation. 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

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 recently retired from 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 the 2019 Teacher of the Year Award. He 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 Bessie Mae.

Mrs. Sarah Shayban

Assistant to the Director of Music

Sarah is a Charleston native who has served churches and schools in the Lowcountry for the past 20 years, most recently, as Director of Music at Johns Island Presbyterian Church. She enjoys her new role as a mother and is on the piano faculty at Ashley Hall school. She loves spending time outdoors with her husband, new baby Rafael, and cocker spaniel, Mo.

Sarah will work with our Director of Music, Robin Zemp, as he continues to recover from his hospitalization over the summer. The one position is essentially divided into two parts, enabling us to resume Handbell and Sanctuary Choirs and providing (along with Nancy Parrish) regular pianist and organists for Sunday worship.

Ms. Claire Winkles

Director of Children and Youth Ministries

Claire joined us in June 2023. Formerly a teacher at Ashley River Creative Arts, she is excited to share her faith with our children and youth.

Ms. Suzann Lilienthal

Office Administrator

Suzann comes to us with more than 25 years of experience working in both Human Resources and Church Administration.

She has two sons, Jamie, a banker, son Ryan, landscape architect, daughter-in-law Jennifer, business systems analyst, and two of the most precious grandchildren you would ever want to meet!  She is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Tommye Owen


Tommye joined the Westminster staff in December. She has previous experience as an accountant, business owner, project controller, and financial analyst.

“I can’t remember a time that I didn’t feel that I belonged to God. Many things in my life have come and gone, ebbed and flowed, but I’ve always known God loved me. I’ve been a member of Westminster since
982. I’ve served on the Session, taught Sunday school, been a youth leader, and am currently serving on the Diaconate. I am humbled and honored that God has opened this opportunity for me to serve Him and Westminster in a new capacity. I will faithfully pray for guidance to fulfill these duties and show honor and gratitude to God. The thing I love most about Westminster is the same thing that drew me initially… The warm, welcoming people that make Westminster a family. My prayer is that we as a church will always seek new ways to share God’s blessings in our local community and our world. One Bible verse that I seem to call on most frequently, many times as a mantra, is Philippians 4:13. ‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.’”

Mrs. Meg Dorsel

Communications Coordinator

Meg has previously been the Director of Marketing for the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Kickin’ Chicken and Mellow Mushroom. She now handles all internal and external communications such as the E-news, printed Newsletter and Social Media to help share the Good News to all current and future disciples of Christ at Westminster.

Originally from Anderson, SC, Meg was baptized and confirmed in the First Presbyterian Church. She has a B.A. in Historic Preservation from the College of Charleston and a secondary degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Charleston.

Meg is married to Chris, who you may have seen playing guitar during early worship. They have three children – Kennedy, Watson and Mary Stone.


Alicia Crosby

Mrs. Alicia Crosby

Preschool Director

Alicia is from Charleston and comes from a long line of Irish Catholics. She has been with Westminster Preschool for twenty years. Alicia began her Westminster career as a substitute teacher and a parent in 1998 and then began Assistant Director for a short time before being hired as the Director.

She has been married for 31 years to Kevin Crosby and they have two children Baxley and Jessie. Alicia also has three grandchildren; Callie, Harper and Kevin James (KJ). In her “Spare” time she likes to play with her grandchildren, hike and read.

Mrs. Kerry Gillner

Preschool Assistant Director

Kerry is originally from a town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. She has lived in SC since 1994. She started her journey with Westminster in 2004 as a parent, then as a substitute teacher. She was hired in 2011 as a 4 year old teacher which she did for four years, then she taught Enrichment for three years, and has been Assistant Director since 2018.

Kerry has been married to her husband Kevin since 1994 and they have 2 boys Nathan and Brandon. When she is not working she enjoys keeping busy with her family and their boys activities. She also likes spending time with friends, bike riding and relaxing at the beach.

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