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Lead Pastor Steve Mickel

Steve Mickel grew up in the home of a pastor, faithfully attending church every week. He graduated from LIFE Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and a masters in strategic leadership.

The sudden death of his 21-year-old son plunged him into deep despair, and caused him to question whether or not God is trustworthy. All the years of pastoring, church planting, and mission work in Croatia had not prepared him to face the sudden tragedy of his son’s death.

With his wife of over 26 years, Suzanne, their three sons and daughter-in-law, along with an amazing host of friends and family, they navigated the valley of the shadow of death and discovered a deeper and more sustaining trust in Jesus.

Presently, Steve serves as the Lead Pastor at Westside Church in Bend, Oregon and loves spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle, and enjoying the outdoors. Even through life’s hardships, Steve continues to encourage people to connect with Jesus in meaningful and purpose-filled ways. In 2019, Steve released a new book, Walking in the Dark: Trusting God when Life Happens.

Steve Mickel

Lead Pastor

Kim Alexander

Discipleship Director

Evan Earwicker

Creative Arts Pastor

Mike Alexander

Executive Pastor

Rod Kirk

Operations Pastor

Ben Fleming

Generations Pastor

Suzanne Mickel

Expansion Pastor

Westside Church Staff

Staff sorted in alphabetical order by Last Name

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Murray, Cliff Pastoral Care Pastor x201
Alexander, Mike Executive Pastor
Alexander, Kim Discipleship Director
Anderson, Jenna Video Production & Story team x226
Anderson, Trey Communications Director
Bender, George Grounds and Facility Director x211
Blackett, Melissa Westside Kids Administrative Assistant x249
Butler, Jerry Westside Kids Nursery Leader
Carmichael, Jim Pastoral Care Pastor x228
DeJarnatt, Roxanne Prayer Pastor x202
Dueber, Kristi Women's Ministry Director 237
Earwicker, Evan Creative Arts Pastor x220
Earwicker, Chris Outreach Director x236
Fleming, Ben Generations Pastor
Franco Grymailo, Gonzalo Latino Outreach Coordinator
Gumpert, Gail Westside Kids Preschool Coordinator x215
Hall, Deb Westside Kids Grade School Coordinator x265
Hamman, Tony Operations Pastor Administrative Assistant x255
Heinrich, Janelle Beyond Outreach Coordinator
Johnson, Ken Pastor Emeritus x210
Kirk, Rod Operations Pastor
Kruger, Teri Beyond Administration x213
Landerkin, Glenn Connections Director x261
McCreery, Trevor Technical Director
McMahan, Justin Director of Technology x245
Menchaca, Ariana Generations Worship & Associate Youth Pastor
Mickel, Suzanne Expansion Pastor
Mickel, Steve Lead Pastor
Morehouse, Heather Westside Youth Administrative Assistant x238
Morelock, Joanie Westside Kids Director x214
Myhre, Jeanie Front Desk Reception x200
Nystrom, Candace Bible Study Administrator
Parnell, Lindsay Worship Director x212
Piggott, Gayle Facility Support x211
Rabelhofer, Amelia Creative Director x274
Rangel, Marco 1st Impressions Coordinator
Rangel, Allison Staff Childcare Provider
Stephens, Jim Expansion Pastor, Advisor
Stern-Brady, Bo Pastor of Discipleship x270
Vietzke, Candy IT Support x253
Webb, Stephenie Assistant to Lead Pastor 229