A Look Inside Westwinds

A church for the misfits and miscreants, rabble and rebels. We’re an orthodox (meaning: not crazy, not cultists) church with an unorthodox (meaning: high energy, non-traditional) approach, on mission to shadow God, build the church, and heal the world.

Shadow God

Learning to follow God and to experience the life He desires for all creation.

Build the Church

Creating a place where people can be changed, affect change in the world, and introduce more people to God’s plan to heal the world.

Heal the World

The local church is the hope of the world. It is our task to find ways to help those in need and to share the message of God’s love and redemption of world as we do it.

Our Vision

To bring Christ to the spiritually curious, those disenfranchised with organized religion, the thinkers, and the creatives.

There is one Body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all…

Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV)

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall…So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.

Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22


…and hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I have that absolute faith which can move mountains – but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.

I Corinthians 13:2

SCRIPTURE

We believe the Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error when they were initially penned by their authors. We believe it to be the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of all people, the divine and final authority for the Christian life and faith.

GODHEAD

We believe in the Trinity, the Triune God, one God who has always and will always exist as three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They all share the same essence or substance but have distinct personalities and roles.

GOD THE FATHER

We believe in God the Father, Creator of all things visible and invisible, who is true holiness, all powerful, infinite love, and absolute truth, all knowing, and all present.

GOD THE SON

We believe Jesus Christ is simultaneously 100% human and 100% divine. We believe He was born of a virgin, that His death was a pleasing and acceptable sacrifice for the sins of all, that He was resurrected bodily as a proof and vindication of His claims, and that He ascended to heaven. We believe He will return in bodily form to gather all Christ followers. We believe Jesus is the only way to have a personal relationship with God and that by personally accepting His death and resurrection, anyone can be spiritually birthed (born again) into this relationship.

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit’s goal is to bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ. We affirm He is actively involved in the lives of Christ followers. He is not only responsible for their new birth, He also instructs and empowers them to live the Christian life. He grows fruit in their lives as evidence of character development. He gifts them in ways that enable fulfillment of their God given destiny of being God’s teammate in reaching the world. We affirm He is also active in the lives of all unbelievers, whether skeptics or inquisitive seekers. He is at work prodding them about sin, pointing out their distance from God, and heightening their sense of emptiness that only God can fill.

HUMANITY

We believe that all people are created in the image of God. Through the fall of Adam and Eve, we were separated from God. We remain in that state until the moment of new birth by the Holy Spirit. Only through the work of the Holy Spirit can this eternal life be received.

SALVATION

We believe that God, in His great love for all people, provided the ultimate sacrifice for sin in His Son, Jesus Christ. Salvation can come through Him alone. Only through His shed blood and resurrection are there any grounds for justification and reconciliation to God. Salvation is, therefore, received as a free gift of faith.

JUDGMENT AND ASSURANCE

We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into eternal condemnation. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.

THE LOCAL CHURCH

We believe that the local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other. Together, the local church comprises the “Body of Christ”. Through it, believers invest time, energy and resources to fulfill the Great Commission – reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.

Core Values

We want to open up our sanctified imagination and ask God to help us determine how best to shadow Him and heal the world.
We want to be a perMission giving place, always encouraging people to be involved in their own niche in ministry.

We don’t want to have to put on a brave face or falsify some kind of Pollyanna facade while we help people find their niche in ministry, though, and so we also value authenticity, meaning we don’t want people to stress too much over looking good as much as we want to be focused on helping others find Jesus.
We don’t want to do life and ministry alone but as part of a community instead. Community can be difficult, but its this inherent difficulty that makes community spiritual – it requires character, and hard work, but in the midst of that work Christ is better revealed to his people.

Our Leaders

It takes teamwork to make the dream work. Here is ours.

Dave

David McDonald

Lead Pastor
200lbs of premature wisdom & never-ending youth with pale skin and dark tattoos.


Ben

Ben Redmond

Journey Pastor
Executive Director @ the Hub Teen Center. Teacher. Developer. Pastor. Coach.


Terri

TERRI MCGARRY

Kids’ Journey Designer
Terri. Encourager. Developer. Listener. Counselor. Theolog. Fun Generator. Glitter Fairy.

Michelle

MICHELLE POLING

Office Manager
Communicator. Multi-tasker. Coordinator. Believer. Manager. Problem Solver.


Lori

LORI GORDON

Adult Journey Designer
Connector. Listener. Coach. Learner. Educator. Observer. Collaborator. Improver. Encourager. Loyalist.


Kelly

KELLY HEATH

Worship Designer
Pianist. Singer. Resourcer. Song Charter. Teacher. Encourager.

Mel

MEL EVANS

Graphic Designer
Renaissance woman. Book binder. Graphic Designer. Creative. Listener.


Amy

AMY GAFKJEN

Communications Designer
Editor. Ailurophile. Researcher. Pastor Decoder. Word Wrangler. Reader. Ruminator.


Brooke

BROOKE PIESKE

Journey Assistant
Team Jesus. Latte Designer. Faith Artist. Hufflepuff. Reader. Thinker. Ted The Cat.

Jacob

Jacob McGarry

Media Director
Ideator. Movie maker. Troubleshooter. Level 5 bard.


Darcie

Darcie Burdick

Journey Assistant
Athlete. Joke-teller. Fundraiser.


Kevin

Kevin Nichols

Graphics/Music Assistant
Music guy. Art guy. Husband and family guy. Lover of Jesus and life guy.

A church in which everybody gets to play and a mission to which everyone can belong.

Have any questions or comments? Want to visit? We’d love to hear from you! You can call us at (517) 750-1111 or click the contact button to e-mail us.