Staff & Elders


Minister – Currently Vacant

Westwood is actively searching for a full-time minister. The previous minister, Robert, his wife, Susan and their two boys, Lee and Jonah relocated to be closer to family. Westwood wishes them a fond farewell, and prays for blessings in their new ministry.

The Westwood’s Elders are responsible for the pastoral needs of the congregation while a search for a full-time minister continues.

In the interim, Westwood has several capable individuals who will provide the preaching during Sunday services.


Chardel Johnston (Administrative Assistant)Johnston Chardel

Chardel has been a Westwood member since 1991 when she, her husband since 1970, Dick and son, Wayne were baptized. Chardel has lived within 20 miles of Madison her entire life. A graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison in Secondary Mathematics Education, former co-owner of a janitorial service and small real estate company, she was hired in August of 2000 as Westwood’s secretary and promoted to administrative assistant in May of 2015. Having the gifts of fellowship, servanthood and listener, Chardel is active in the women’s ministry, the annual women’s retreat and November Harvest Dinner. Chardel and Dick have the one son, his wife and 2 grandchildren, Emmit and Cassidy.


Marion Greaser (Elder)Greaser Marion portrait 2014 02 21

Marion and Marilyn have been Westwood members since 1976. Marion grew up on a farm in Iowa and attended both Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving degrees in Animal Science and Biochemistry. He worked as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison doing teaching and research before retiring in 2013. Marion considers that one of his spiritual gifts is being an encourager. He has served in a variety of leadership positions at Westwood through the years. Marion enjoys playing soccer as a hobby. Marion and Marilyn have two grown children (Suzi and Scott) and three grandsons (Arik, Karsten, and Davy).


Jim Polcyn (Elder)Jim Polcyn

Jim is married to Sandy and they have two grown children, Matt and Rachel. They have been members since 1983. Jim has served Westwood in many areas including the Worship ministry, leading small groups, and Treasurer.

Jim attended University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently serves as an executive for an insurance company that serves Wisconsin educators.


Tom Sippy (Elder)tom-sippy

Tom has been a member since 1979 and has served Westwood in a variety of ways including the mission’s ministry and the men’s group. Tom grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and attended University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, receiving degrees in Finance and Accounting. He works as an accounting manager for a health insurance company.

Tom is married to Ann who became a member in 1992. They have two adult daughters that are both active in ministry – Karen with Westwood and Laura, who is married to Andrew who serves as a youth minister in Virginia.


Rob Ehlers (Elder)Rob Ehlers

Rob and his wife, Gloria Jean, have been members of Westwood since 1986. They have a son Michael who is married to Nicole. They have two grandchildren named Josephine and James. Rob graduated from University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1974 and worked as a civil engineering consultant for 34 years. Rob retired in 2009.  Rob serves the church as a trustee and heads the property ministry.