With a desire to grow their family, Shanda and Ross Ackerman believed that God would be faithful to His promises. For years their journey was filled with pain, waiting, and loss as they faced infertility and complications. But God is faithful. The last 7 years shaped them deeply and ultimately has left them amazed and humbled at the grace and power of Jesus.
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.
Stirred by missions adventure on the islands of Lake Victoria, Uganda, Peri Gregory returned home with a call to become a nurse; caring for both the physical and spiritual. In the thick of nursing school Peri faced intense opposition, exhaustion, and extreme doubts of her calling. But God was there all along. He pursued, steadied, and empowered her to grow.
After her family was betrayed by close friends, Noel Wood was faced with a decision; close her heart to people and to the Church, or risk trust and live in community. What Noel learned next challenges our views on community, the Church, and God’s unchanging purpose.
Faced with decisions about what to pursue in her future, Alicia trusted God to unfold His unique plan for her life. Using her artistic talents to reveal God’s glory has become a life pursuit and calling.
What might happen if you and I were awakened to the truth that we have a greater influence than we know? Inside each of is the potential to be change-makers, inspiring others to go further and succeed. Inspired by this thought, Westside hosts the Global Leadership Summit to allow leaders to grow.
Jesus truly saw people. He stooped down to the lowly to lift them up, to remind them of their value, and provide for them where they had lack. Jesus gave sight to the blind, healed the sick, forgave the sinner, and raised the dead. But, Jesus also fed people.
“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.
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.