My Westwood
Local Teams
Alpha
Alpha is a 12-week course that provides opportunities for individuals to explore and grow in their Christian faith. Each session includes dinner, dynamic speakers, and small group discussions; all in a relaxed and relational environment. Whether new to Christianity or a long-time believer, Alpha has something for everyone! Class meets once per week on Tuesdays and one amazing Saturday.
Contact: Kim Tholen, 612.532.7937



Compassion Ministry Team
This new, forming team will reach out to the community around Westwood to bring the compassion of Jesus Christ to those most in need.
Contact: Rene Brehm 952.224.7467



BLESS (Evangelism) Team
If you have a heart for sharing your faith, join this team as they creatively reach out to our community with the life changing message of Jesus.
Contact: Chaz Nichols, 952.224.7464



ISO Team (International Student Outreach)
Did you know the world is coming to your backyard this summer? International students will be working in the Chanhassen/Excelsior area from April through September, and International Student Outreach (ISO) offers simple and short-term opportunities to make a difference in these students’ lives. Find out how easy it is to be part of this here, near and far ministry.
Contact: John Waldron, 612.990.7516



Justice Ministry Team
This team partners with justice-oriented ministries, organizations and other area churches to identify and address issues of injustice in Minnesota.
Contact: Andrea Jarvis, 952.221.1055



Missionary Care Team
Westwood supports our local and global missionaries and their families through prayer, regular communication and encouragement, and hosting events. Opportunities are available for volunteers to “host” missionaries while they are on home assignment or “adopt” them while they are on the mission field.
Contact: Rene Brehm 952.224.7467



Mobile Hunger Pack Team
Once a year, Westwood partners with local food packing organizations to fight against world hunger. While serving alongside others, volunteers will learn about poverty and hunger, package food to feed thousands of starving people around the world, and share the love of Christ. 
Contact: Mike Blanchfield, 952.212.8536



Prison Outreach Team

God is moving in Shakopee Women's Prison! The Prison Outreach team recently saw over 70 inmates baptized with another 200+ inmates in attendance. There are so many ways you can be involved in what God will continue to do at the prison - you can even serve from your home! Here are a few examples:
* Pray for an inmate's prayer request and write a letter of encouragement in response.
* Worship with our team at one of the Sunday services in the prison.
* Join one of our Bible study teams, leading women prisoners to relationship with Jesus Christ.
To learn how you can be a part of Prison Outreach ministries, please contact Steve Taborek.
Contact: Steve Taborek, 952.294.1158



Westwood Wheelers Team

Westwood Wheelers combine a love for modern and classic cars with a desire to serve and reach others for Jesus Christ. This team meets for social gatherings and an annual car show. Team members also serve those in need through car maintenance and repair.
Contact: Dan Vassar, 612.644.3673


Global Teams
Central Africa Team
Westwood partners with World Relief to help the church in Malawi, Africa bring relief to a country emerging from the effects of AIDS/HIV. Ministering in Malawi’s northern district of Chitipa, World Relief helps to raise the standard of living through: Health, Education, Agriculture, Refugee and Trade initiatives. Together with World Relief and the local church, Westwood is helping to make a difference in this once “forgotten district” of Malawi.
Contact: Dave Hoff, 612.963.5032



Central Asia Team
Westwood reaches an unreached people group in Central Asia, by committing resources to help God build an indigenous church among these nominally Muslim people. In a region where Christianity is illegal, few have heard the name of Jesus Christ. Together, with our supported workers, Westwood has a great opportunity to influence a nation for Christ.
Contact: Mindy Conradi, 612.309.1994



East Asia Team
Westwood brings the message and love of Jesus Christ to university students and professionals in a major capital city of East Asia. Through our full-time workers, future leaders of this country are coming to faith and being trained to reach out to others. Westwood also partners with the Hospitality Center for Chinese (HCC) to reach University of Minnesota Chinese students, scholars and their families.
Contact: Chaz Nichols, 952.224.7464



Middle East Team
This team's goal is to reach out to Muslims locally and globally with the love of Christ. They also manage and take mission trips to a medical clinic in the Middle East that treats Syrian Refugees.
Contact: Craig McCullum, 952.457.5211



Justice Team
Westwood has a team who partners with International Justice Mission, World Vision, and World Relief, to ensure victims of slavery, trafficking, unlawful property confiscation, and other injustices are addressed in actionable ways. 
Contact: Andrea Jarvis & Mike Dircz