Joy Bachman didn’t spend much time thinking about cancer. With stage 1 melanoma removed from her neck via surgery a decade prior, her life was rich and full. This mother of four was happily married and looking forward to celebrating her husband’s birthday. No one could have seen it coming – the grand mal seizure in her sleep that left her flat on the floor by the bedside, not breathing.
At Westside, we believe that everyone has a story to tell, a voice that deserves to be heard. As we begin to share the stories of what God has done in our personal lives, we build audacious faith in those that hear, encourage our own walk, and bring glory back to God.
“I remember when I was young, striving and trying to find my voice and to gain unconditional acceptance. I began to think that music was the way out.”
When darkness surrounds and life is unsteady, Shelbi leans into her faith and finds hope in a promise. A promise that a God will use a bakery to mend wounds and open doors.
Wearing a hoodie, jeans and some converse, Josiah Stern, looks like your average seventeen year old. Except that he’s not. Behind that slightly scruffy face and sweet smile, Josiah wears a badge of honor. A badge not desired by any, but nonetheless earned. Josiah earned it along the rough road walked alongside his family and those impacted by the devastating disease known as ALS.
Most people look at Miranda Schmucker and assume her life must be pretty sweet. With a smile constantly radiating from her face, effortlessly prompting more of them from the perfect strangers passing by, the assumption is a fair one. But when the assumption is that only people with smooth life circumstances can smile, then the assumption proves faulty.
Jenna Anderson wears many hats. In addition to dreaming up, coordinating, and leading the Story Team, she serves at Westside as a pastor and writer. She has led and ministered in Africa, spending five years there as a missionary. She wears the title “child of God” with confidence and humility. She is artistic, creative, loving, intentional, and grounded. But there are two roles that for her are the most cherished; Wife and Mot
The decision to follow Jesus is monumental.
When we choose Jesus, we profess that He presides over our lives and we choose to lay everything aside in pursuit of Christ. But we do not walk the path alone.
Westside is: Life. Love. Jesus.
And First Wednesdays are a time for the church family to gather and experience that life and love together as we draw near to Jesus.
Romans chapter 12 tells us to “Take our everyday, ordinary lives—our sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” Worship is so much more than music, but music is powerful.
Each of us is uniquely gifted and positioned to impact those that God has placed in our sphere of influence. God has called us to lead; to lead believers and those in the marketplace alike. People are hungry for a leader worth following. One that leads in everyday life with authority, wisdom, and vision.