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
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.
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.
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.
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.