Meet Our Leadership Team
I have served as Senior Pastor since the start of Westwood Community Church in 1995. Prior to Westwood, I served at Wooddale Church where I helped oversee the strategic plan for starting new churches. I graduated from Bethel Seminary in 1986 and completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA in 1999. My wife Keri and I anticipate a future for Westwood that will increase the reputation of Jesus Christ in this area and around the world.
I have been part of Westwood from the very beginning and served on the leadership board for ten years. My career experience of 20 years in the semiconductor industry provided opportunities in global sales, marketing and management. I have an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin Madison. My wife Cheryl and I have two adult children, Tyler and Tasha, and a dog, Bryn. We truly enjoy being together anywhere and do what we can to take in God’s creation.
I joined Westwood’s pastoral staff in May of 2004 and served in student ministry for my first eight years here. I have an undergraduate degree in Communication from Bethel University and have an MDIV from Bethel Seminary. I love Westwood, and I am grateful I get to serve in a church like ours. My wife Courtnay and I live in Victoria with our two kids. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, especially when the golf course is involved with these two groups of people.
I have been with Westwood since 1995. I am a graduate of Bethel Seminary with a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Biblical Greek. I love the local church and understand that it is built by the Word of God and prayer. I know that my job as a Campus Pastor is to help others find their calling, or vocation, in Christ. My wife Elizabeth and I live in Excelsior and have three grown children who are all serving in local church ministry in the greater Twin Cities.
I’ve been on staff at Westwood since January of 2002. It’s my hope that people will experience a sense of belonging and community at Westwood. I have a BS in Nursing from St. Olaf College and am certified in Case Management. My husband, Dean, and I live in Chanhassen and are empty nesters. In my spare time I love to cook, read, walk and spend time with family and friends. I’m currently enrolled in a Master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy, and look forward to how God will use this in my future.
I joined Westwood’s pastoral staff in January of 2010. I grew up in Chicago, although I call Minnesota home now. Bethel University brought me here and I have stayed since graduating with a degree in Youth Ministry and a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership. I find myself outside when the weather is nice, walking the lakes, working out and gardening. We like to host friends for bonfires and dinner at our house, too. I live in Eden Prairie with my husband Andrew and 2 sons.
I am a native Texan who moved up to Minnesota to play hockey in 2009. While working on my undergraduate degree at Bethel University majoring in Communication Studies, I met my wife Cassie. We were married in 2013 and shortly after moved to Dallas, so I could pursue a Master of Theology degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. During our time in Dallas, I worked as the Minister to college students at Park Cities Baptist Church. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with Cassie, watching movies and college football, reading good books and drinking coffee. We also welcomed our first child, a son, in January 2017.
I love to tell the story of what God is doing in and through Westwood Community Church using the art of language, design and digital media. Prior to Westwood, I was a creative professional in Boston, Providence and Minneapolis and was the Executive Creative Director/Principal Partner of Initio Marketing Communications. As a visual artist and designer, I explore ways to capture the beauty of life, and the joy and certainty of faith.
I’ve had the joy of being part of Westwood since 1996. As Pastor of Community Care, I oversee ministries designed to share the love of Jesus with individuals and families during times of transition, loss and healing. Sheri and I have been married 28 years. We have three adult sons: Ryan and his wife, Rachel, have a little boy, Grayson; Aaron; and Mark. I’ve completed a Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary, along with advanced coursework in marriage and family studies through Denver Seminary. I’m an avid runner, enjoy the lake in summer and the trails in fall and winter and live in Carver.
I am currently the Director of Facilities which entails managing all Westwood campuses and the Security and Medical Teams. I grew up on a farm and am 1 of 12 kids. I have been married to my lovely wife, Christy, for over 20 years. I have been at Westwood since 2005, serving as a small group leader, usher, greeter and founder of the Westwood Wheelers car club.
I am a lifelong Minnesotan. I started coming to Westwood in 2005. After serving as a volunteer in High School Ministry for many years, I joined the Westwood staff in 2013. I am passionate about developing leaders who create environments where people can belong to God and to each other through Groups here at Westwood. I have a degree in Marketing from Carlson School of Management. My husband Scott and I live in Chanhassen and enjoy traveling, biking, reading and laughing together, especially when it includes our two adult children.
I joined the Student Ministries team back in 2016. I love working with students because they have the capacity to change the world, and their schools, with the love of Jesus. I lead not only the students but also an amazing team of volunteers. I am passionate about seeing students come to know Jesus and the love that He has for them.
I joined the Westwood Kids’ Ministry team in 2006. I love working with kids and families, teaching them about God’s Big Story in fun and creative ways, and helping them understand how it connects to their lives. I also enjoy listening to all kinds of music, reading (mostly) fiction, cheering on any Minnesota sports team, playing lots (and I mean LOTS) of board games, cooking/eating good food, relaxing with a great movie or TV show, or escaping to the wilderness (the family cabin or the BWCA). I try to spend as much of my free time with my best friend/amazing wife Alyssa and our five incredible kids – everyday with them is a joy-filled adventure!
I have been with Westwood since February of 2017. 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. Along the way we get to do some 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.
I joined the Student Ministry team at Westwood January of 2020. I have both my Bachelors of Pastoral Ministry and Masters of Ministry (finishing Spring of 2020) from Grace Christian University and have 6 years’ experience in part/full time middle and high school youth ministry. I am passionate about getting the youth of this generation excited for their faith and ready to live it out! In my free time, I love watching/playing sports, working out, reading, and watching (good) movies. My beautiful wife, Josie, and I currently live in Minneapolis.
In 2005 my family and I moved to Minnesota from Utah. Almost immediately we started attending Westwood. After 15 years of working with tech companies on strategic alliance business initiatives, I joined the Westwood staff as the Director of Outreach in 2013. My wife, Roberta, and I have two sons Ben and Mark.
When I am not in the office, I enjoy hanging out with my family, single-track mountain biking, skiing, sailing and international adventure travel. But I also enjoy being quiet and spending time daily reading the Word.
I serve as the Pastor of Next Gen Ministries. I have a Communications degree from Bethel University and received a Masters in Transformational Leadership from Bethel Seminary. Prior to joining Westwood, I was a Young Adults Pastor, Creative Arts Pastor, Volunteer Development Pastor and The Gathering Service Pastor at Wooddale Church. I am passionate about developing the next generation of leaders for the church. In my free time, I enjoy boating, gardening, shoe shopping, running and talking. I also enjoy being with my husband Paul and our kids Grey and Thia Ruby.
I began attending Westwood in the Fall of 2011. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Crown College. My wife, Olivia, and I live in Chanhassen. I enjoy a good cup of coffee and college football.
Dinner with friends, traveling, my nieces and nephews, yummy food, and reading a book in a hammock by a lake are a few of my favorite things. Helping to start Westwood in 1995 and being part of our church community is one of the most life-changing, exciting and humbling experiences of my life. I have always loved providing spaces and experiences where people can fall more in love with Jesus. A conversation over tea, a retreat experience or people around the world worshipping together through Westwood’s online community–it’s all about being and living like Jesus. I graduated from Moody Bible Institute, the Soul Care Institute in Colorado.
My family and I attended Westwood’s first service in 1995. I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health and a Master of Arts Degree in Industrial Relations. I joined Westwood’s staff in 2011 and oversee Accounting, Facilities, Food Services and Human Resources. When not on campus, I can be found on the water or a tennis court; in the spring I’m deep in the forest hunting for morels. My husband Mark and I live in Shorewood and have two children, John and Lauren.
I’ve been married to my husband, Corey, for 22 years and we have three wonderful kids…all teenagers! And we are proud parents of one crazy dog who seems to get into as much mischief as the teens do. I began attending Westwood when services were held at Chaska High School in 2001. I have been a part of Westwood Preschool since February 2010.
I attended Bethel University for my undergraduate in Biblical and Theological Studies. I am currently pursuing my MA in Christian Thought from Bethel Seminary. I am passionate about helping others live into the calling God has placed on their lives and developing them into leaders. In my free time, I enjoy coffee with my husband Billy and spending time with our son Hunter.
I have a degree in Communications from the University of Minnesota and have lived in the state all my life except for a brief stint on the east coast. I have three married children and three grandchildren, all a joy! My wife Colleen and I live in Chanhassen. In addition to participating in choir at Westwood, we are part of a non-profit Christian theater arts ministry in the Twin Cities
I’m a husband to an amazing wife, father to two beautiful children, two rescued dogs, and regrettably one cat. In 2015 I received my degree in Communications from the University of Minnesota. I’m currently pursuing my MA in Contextual Leadership from The Pillar Seminary in Omaha, Nebraska. In October of 2016 I joined the Westwood Team as the Worship Arts Associate Pastor. I have a deep passion for the immigrant and refugee community, and a passion for stories. I’d love to hear yours.
I’m a follower of Jesus, husband, worshiper, singer/songwriter and artist with purpose. I graduated in 2005 with a degree in Commercial Music from Belmont University and in April 2014 I joined the team as the Worship Arts Pastor. My great desire for us as a community is to be invited into transformative encounters with the beauty of God and go out in the world as light and as true worshipers. My wife, Jacquilyn, daughter Fiammetta, son Wilder and I live in Bloomington and have a friendly beast named Taz. If you’re an outdoors person, you may run into us all on the hiking trail or at a campsite, as we try to get out into the woods as much as we can.
I have been at Westwood since 2005 and have served in several ministry areas, led the Nominating Committee and currently participate in a couple’s small group. I’ve been a part of Westwood’s Leadership Board since 2016. As a leader, I strive for unity, encouragement and collaboration, and I value seeking God’s wisdom. My wife Paige and I have four children and my career has been centered around human resources. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my immediate and extended family, listening to audio books and watching Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins baseball.