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Meet our Kids Ministry team

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Pastor of Kids Ministry
Jon Ditty
In February of 2017 I joined the Westwood Staff. I come to Westwood with 15 years of Family and Youth Ministry experience. As the Kids Pastor I get to lead the Kids Team and together we have the fantastic opportunity to help connect church and home. This simply means, we work hard to create an awesome environment for kids to grow in their relationship with Jesus and to resource parents, so they can confidently lead their kids in spiritual growth in the home. Along the way we get to do some really fun events, help kids build true community, and help parents connect with one another.

When not at Westwood you will find me at home with my wife Tracie and our three kids: Grace, Elise, and William. I can't wait to meet you and your family.

Kids Creative Director
Eric Theisen

I joined the Westwood Kids' Ministry team back in 2006, but my heart has been in children's ministry since high school. I love working with kids and families (probably because I am really just a big kid myself) and I love teaching them and helping them understand the Word of God  in fun and creative ways. More than that, I love the way children learn about the truths found in the Bible and the way they approach God with such a simple faith that we as adults can only wish we had.

My absolute favorite way to spend my free-time is with my family. I have a beautiful wife of 10+ years named Alyssa and five incredible kids (whose names all start with 'E') - Emmett, Eisley, Ender, Errol and Ephram. Some of my other interests include: music, reading fiction, Minnesota sports teams, playing board games, watching a great movie or TV show, cooking/eating good food, or escaping to the wilderness (BWCA).

Administrative Assistant
Cheri Whisler

We have been attending Westwood since 1999, two years after Curt and I moved with kids Kate and Liam to the great state of Minnesota. I love movies, walking, meandering bike rides, learning new things and road trips, especially to Duluth!  I have the privilege of supporting the amazing Kids' Ministry staff and programs as Administrative Assistant. It is a perfect job for me as no two days are the same, and I love helping the team be organized and focused on using their gifts as they share God's love with Westwood kids and families. I am truly blessed!

Katie Rosenow 
Associate Director of Early Childhood
Katie Rosenow

Since joining Westwood in 1998, this church has become like a home to me. I am so grateful to be a part of the Westwood community. After graduating from Northwestern College in 2011, with a degree in Children and Family Ministry, I had the privilege of joining the Kids Ministry team. I was no stranger to the team when I started, having worked in a number of roles including volunteering in early childhood, working as a childcare classroom lead and spending four years as a Summer Associate.

My passion for serving goes beyond Kids Ministry. You can find me in a number of other ministries here at Westwood including Student Ministry as a small group leader or helping in Outreach. I try to use the gifts I've been given to further God's Kingdom in any way I can.

Associate Director of Elementary
Lynn Sommerstad

Lynn has been married for 25 years and has 3 sons. She received her Bachelor's in Elementary Education from the University of Northwestern and her Master's Education from St. Mary's University. She has served at two churches as Director of Children's Ministries. She loves partnering with families and coming alongside children as they discover God's great love for them!

Kids Creative Arts Associate
Krista Petersen

I have the amazing privilege of serving as the Children & Student Arts Associate since August 2013. Previously I  volunteered directing 8 children’s musicals in JAM (Jesus the Arts and Me) and WiNK (Worship in the Name of the King) from 2009-2013. My passion is teaching kids to develop their God given gifts to glorify God through acting, singing and dancing. I also coordinate child dedications at Westwood. I have my Master’s Degree is Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Minnesota and also enjoy working part-time in Speech Therapy when I am not at Westwood.

My family and I have been attending Westwood since June 2006 where I began volunteering in the adult choir. My husband, Bryan and I have 4 children - Morgan, Teddy, Elise and Audrey. When I am not working (or driving back and forth from church to home) I love to watch my kids participate in basketball, baseball, softball, football, violin, piano and dance. Sitting down to read God’s Word while sipping a Caribou Mango Iced Tea is one of my favorite things.

Special Families Associate
Ariana Ebersviller

My husband and I have been attending Westwood Community Church for several years and became members about 3 years ago. David and I have been married for 7 years. Our family includes a daughter in heaven and Morkie puppy at home. My role as the Special Families Coordinator is one that I am very excited and passionate about. I have a brother who has Down’s Syndrome, and he has taught me so much about treating people with compassion and love. I love providing an environment for children and their parents to feel welcome at church. It is a blessing to work with these special, wonderful families.