Meet the Leadership

Dr. Micki Pulleyking

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In addition to being an ordained pastor in the Disciples of Christ, Pastor Micki teaches full time in the Religious Studies department at Missouri State University, (since 1993). For the past twenty-five years, Pastor Micki has served Disciples congregations as a senior minister, interim minister, and minister to youth and college students. Micki worked at First and Calvary as an intern for the Rev. Dr. Jack Hart, and directed the SUMMIT program there in the 1980s. Dr. Pulleyking holds degrees from Boston University (Ph.D.), Harvard (M.Div.), the University of Strasbourg, France (Premier), and Missouri State University (B.A.). She is also a certified grief therapist.

Micki grew up in Springfield and is a graduate of Parkview high school. Micki is married to Joey Pulleyking, a psychologist with Mercy; he is also an ordained minister. Their son, Spenser, is in a PhD program in Bio-robotics at the University of Tulsa; and their daughter, Quinlan, is a sophomore at MSU, studying Communications and Religion. Quinlan is also a worship leader and musician at Emmaus church.

Eric Eichenberger

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Director of Music

Eric has had the pleasure of being the Music Minister at Westminster for over 10 years. In addition to his church position, Eric is the Director of Choir at Central High School and the Artistic Director for the Boys Choir of Springfield.  Previously he has held director positions at Joplin High School and Springfield Catholic Schools. Prior to choral conducting, Eric spent 11 years as a professional performer performing on stages throughout the country.


Eric received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Hastings College (Nebraska). He completed his Masters in Music and Masters of Arts in Teaching at Missouri State University.

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Lynda Crowder


Lynda grew up in Springfield and graduated from Parkview High School. She holds degrees from Missouri State in music education, speech and theatre, and educational administration. She also has a Doctor of Education from University of Arkansas.


Lynda's professional career was spent in Springfield Public Schools. Lynda taught music at Pipkin Jr. High, worked in several capacities in the Gifted Program and also in professional development.


She previously served as the Director of Children's Choir and Bell Choir, St. Paul United Methodist Church and the organist and choir director at Southminster Presbyterian Church


She is married to her husband, Bob, mother to two sons, and grandmother to one grandson.

Lucas Brantley


 Lucas has lived in Springfield and been a member of this church for fourteen years. He graduated from Missouri State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. He is currently working as a Pharmacy Technician at Mercy Hospital in Springfield and plans to continue his education to become a licensed Pharmacist.

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Lisa Hemsworth

Westminster Learning Tree Director

Lisa begins her 9th year at WLT this year as the Center Director.  Her background has always involved children.  She babysat all the neighborhood kids, helped her mother work-she is a retired preschool director, worked in full-time childcare, and attended MSU for Early Childhood Education.

 ​Lisa and her fiance, Chuck have 4 girls - Brianna, Hayley, Alicia, and Stephanie.  They have been foster-adoptive parents and feel that each of their children are a special gift.  Life is very busy in their house, and they value family time above all else.

WLT is a blessing as it allows her to work with an amazing staff while her kids are in school.  She says "I treasure each one of your children, and want every experience here at WLT to help them grow to their full potential."