Staff

Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

Pastor

Pastor Gusti considers herself a poet, a preacher, a teacher, and a healer. Her mission in life is to participate in God’s "healing of the world" by nurturing creativity and cultivating healthy communities.

Gusti was just as surprised as anyone to discover she could live out this calling most effectively as a Presbyterian pastor! The preaching, the teaching, the caring, the healing and the opportunities for social action rooted in The Way of Jesus drew her in and have never let her go. She especially enjoys teaching Bible as a means of liberation, listening deeply for the movement of the Spirit in the lives of her parishioners, and designing rituals for individual and communal healing. She has also been active in faith-based movements for racial, environmental, gender, economic, immigrant, and LGBTQIA+ justice.

Gusti began her ministry at SPC in October 2019, bringing over twenty years of experience with diverse populations in parish and national church ministry. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Marshall University, a Spiritual Director in the Still Harbor tradition, a Reiki Master, a happily married spouse to a lifelong Buddhist (Christopher Beckley), and a grateful “Dog-Mom” of her beloved yellow lab, Aria.

SPC’s commitment to Radical Hospitality, Holistic Spirituality, and Engaged Compassion are a perfect match!
 

Ethel Hornbeck

Director of Spiritual Formation

Ethel is a spiritual director with an ongoing interest in how the Spirit is experienced - and practiced - in everyday life. This underlies all of her work at SPC, including the adult education and formation programs, small groups, and spiritual direction. She has been on staff at SPC since 2004.

Ethel holds a Masters of Theological Studies in Spirituality Studies from the Washington Theological Union, where she pursued an abiding interest in saints, sinners, mystics and mysticism. She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute’s Spiritual Guidance Program, where she also served on staff for several years. She is also a recovering economist, and a graduate of the American University with an MA in International Economics. Proud parent of Alison and Sara, she lives on the beautiful Potomac River with her husband Jeff and assorted critters.

Kathy Reid

Office Manager

Kathy has been with SPC since August 2004. She grew up in Northern Virginia, but after meeting her husband at college in Richmond, moved to his hometown in Bergen County, NJ, where they raised three children. Upon his retirement, they moved back to this area. Kathy has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children for over 10 years, and a volunteer at Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM). She has 8 grandchildren spread out on both coasts whom she doesnt get to see often enough. She resides in Shepherdstown with her husband, Chip, their dog Charlie, 4 rescue cats and 4 very spoiled chickens.

Georgiann Toole

Choir Director

Georgiann Hinchcliffe Toole is a West Virginia native who lives in Shepherdstown, where she has directed the SPC choir since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Shepherd College (Shepherdstown, WV), a Master of Music in Conducting from the Conservatory of Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA), and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has taught choral and general music in public and private schools, and music education courses at Shepherd, Shenandoah, and UNCG. Dr. Toole is Shepherd University professor emerita, and currently teaches professional development courses for educators.

A strong proponent of the value of musical performance activities for people of all ages and ability levels, Dr. Toole has served as singer or conductor for many church and community music programs, and as clinician, adjudicator, conductor, and composer for county and regional honors choruses in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Her compositions are widely performed, and are published by St. James Music Press.

 

Morgan Sell

Director of Campus Ministry and Youth Programs

Morgan Sell is a community organizer, activist, artist, and mother, living and raising her children in Jefferson County WV. Born in Shepherdstown, Morgan attended Shepherd University in 2008-2013 and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education (k-12). She has attended the Shepherdstown Presbyterian church most of her adult life and has worked as a youth leader for the past four years, travelling to DC and Baltimore on youth mission trips, as well as leading community service efforts right here in Jefferson Co. WV. As a youth leader, Morgan hopes to support, encourage, and celebrate the youth of the church as they grow and evolve into young adults. "Great is the mystery of our faith."