Welcome To West Hills Presbyterian.  We have in person and online services on Sundays at 10:50am and 6:00pm.


Staff & Leadership

 You may email staff at: churchofficewhpc@gmail.com


John E. McKenzie

Senior Pastor

John E. McKenzie has served as Senior Pastor at West Hills Presbyterian since 2013. He is a graduate of Morehead State University and Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. John is married to Michelle, and they have three young sons, Elijah, Noah, and Josiah.


Fred Fowler

Pastor Emeritus

Fred Fowler was the first pastor of WHPC and served in that capacity from 1963 until his retirement in 1995. He became the Pastor To Seniors in 2001. Fred graduated from Northwestern University and Columbia Theological Seminary. He and his wife Suzanne have 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren.


Mitch Townley

Director Of Children's Ministries

Mitch Townley has been at WHPC since 1996. He has a Masters In Education from the University of South Carolina and a Masters Degree in Christian Education from Columbia Biblical Seminary. He and his wife Karen have two adult daughters and five grandchildren. Mitch is also an avid songwriter. 



Melissa Wade


Melissa Wade has been our church pianist since 2000. She is a graduate of UT with a BS in Communications. Melissa also performs with her Gospel and Bluegrass band "Wild Blue Yonder", and teaches private piano lessons.


Ruth Melton

Financial Secretary

Ruth Melton became the Financial Secretary at WHPC in July, 2015.  Ruth and her husband. Rich, have lived in Knoxville since 1981.



Elders: Mike Baur, Garry Chin, Phil Moor, and Bill Mowles

Deacons: Gaylon Lane, Doug Merrifield, Ron Mitchell, and Taylor Vos