Our Pastor, Robert (Bob) Tarullo, grew up in Colonie, New York. The Lord led him to Christ during his senior year in high school. He moved to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in 1993 to attend Geneva College. Here he came to Reformed and Presbyterian convictions and joined Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Sewickley, PA in 1995. After receiving a B.A. in Literature and Biblical Languages in 1997, he began his graduate pastoral and theological studies at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh. He was married to Sarah, whom he met in literature classes at Geneva, in 1998. See his essay on Geneva College and the OPC.
During, and after his studies, Bob has served as a pastoral intern for two summers, Westminster OPC(summer of 1998) and Grace OPC (summer of 1999), and one year long (Grace OPC, again). Bob completed his seminary studies in 2000 with an M.Div., worked in financial services, and received a call to serve as pastor of Community Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Newtown, Conn. On February 29, 2004, he was ordained to the Gospel ministry by the laying on of the hands by the local presbytery of the OPC. Bob served Community OPC from March 2004 to July 2012.
In August 2012, Bob joyfully began his ministry at Westminster. Bob and Sarah have 3 children: Nathaniel, Cairistiona, and Katerina. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Bob enjoys cycling, walks with his wife, good movies, good food, a game of Settlers of Catan, building Legos with his son, and silly dancing with his daughters.
John Fry was born in Pittsburgh and raised in a Christian home in western Pennsylvania, first in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, then on a farm outside of Grove City, PA. His family attended Calvary OPC in Harrisville, PA, he attended to Christian schools from grades three through high school. During high school, God used a youth leader to challenge him personally to repent and believe in the gospel.
John attended Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, where he met his future wife Paula Gillespie. They were married in 1992 and lived briefly in Troy, Alabama, before moving back to Pittsburgh. He subsequently studied history at Duquesne University and then the University of Iowa, where he received a Ph. D. in American History in 2002. They have four children: Deborah, Stephen, Benjamin, and Daniel. In 2003, they moved to Blue Island so that John could teach history at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights. They became members of Westminster that year. He has been a ruling elder at Westminster since 2011.
Robert McKenzie was born in Berwyn, Illinois, and grew up there in a Christian home. He attended Christian school from third through twelve grades and then went to Bible college in West Virginia where he studied Bible and Pastoral Ministries. Soon after college, he and his wife, Melodie, came to understand and embrace the Doctrines of Grace. When they moved back to Illinois in 2002, they joined the OPC.
Rob is currently taking classes towards an MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando distance. He works at InterVarsity Press in Westmont, IL, in the Sales Department. Melodie is the Principal and also teaches at Providence Christian Academy in Lansing, IL. They joined Westminster OPC in 2012, and Rob became a ruling elder in 2014.
Matt Anema was born and raised in Janesville, WI in a loving, God-fearing household. He was born into Christ Presbyterian (OPC) in Janesville, where he attended and professed his faith at an early age. Matt was also blessed at the opportunity to attend christian schools throughout grade-school and high-school, and attended Trinity Christian College, graduating in 2001. At Trinity, Matt obtained a B.A. in Mathematics, and met his future wife Shana Gesch. He works as a computer consultant/outsourced engineer.
Matt and Shana have 4 wonderful children, Jeffrey, Jeremiah, Zachary, and Isabel. Living in Westchester, IL, they send their children to Downers Grove Christian School, honoring the christian schooling tradition that both Matt and Shana appreciate. The family has been attending Westminster OPC since 2001, and Matt has served as a Deacon since 2005.