West Hills Church

CAREGIVING MINISTRY

Christ-centered care

At West Hills, we believe every member has a calling and ministry. If we were to look at the church as a football team, Caregiving Ministry would be the medics and trainers on the team. The medics and trainers aren’t the people who normally get attention and notice, but they serve an important purpose:  to get the players up and healthy to play the game. That is what we do in Caregiving Ministry. We join alongside people when they are going through a difficult time. We listen and care, and help them to become strong enough to get back in the game of serving Jesus.

Contact Pastor Deena Candler or Betty Manna (below) for more information.

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Caregiving Ministry
Associate Pastor, Pastor of Caregiving
Deena Candler
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Phone:402-391-8788 ext. 1002
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Growing up in the suburbs of Denver, Deena's family only attended church on Easter, so she and her siblings were sporadic in their attendance at Sunday school. As she entered high school, through the love and care of some adults in her neighborhood, she began attending the Presbyterian Church. There, she encountered people who cared about her, shared their brokenness with one another, and who were excited about their faith. She became hungry for what they had and was introduced, through their love, to a relationship with Jesus Christ. At West Hills, there is no one better to lead our Caregiving ministry! She calls on people in the hospitals, counsels, helps with connection groups and Deacons, preaches and teaches. In addition, if there's ever a prank going on at West Hills, Deena is likely behind it. She cares deeply, but also tells some great jokes!
Employed at West Hills since...
1998
Family
I have one son, Kelsey, age 25. I adopted him from Honduras when he was a baby. I have one grandson, Antonio, who is four years old. His name means
Best thing about your job
The variety! I get to do everything and am never bored! I love to study and teach Bible, preach and spend time one-on-one with people. Every day is different.
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:8-9; SONG: Be Thou My Vision; MOVIE: Places in the Heart; BOOK: The Cost of Discipleship; SNACK: Reese's Nutrageous Bar and Thomas Sweet Blend In
Something that gets on your nerves
Oakland Raiders fans
Some hobbies/passions
reading, football (Denver Broncos!), my grandson, being outside, travel, Latin America, dogs, and the Greek Bible
Something people may not know about you
When I was in high school, my plan was to become an agronomist and work in Latin America. I have also gone skydiving... and would love to go again. I love water parks.
Your happy place
Colorado!
 
 
Assistant to the Caregiving Pastor
Betty Manna
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Phone:402-391-8788 ext. 1002
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Betty says, "Every journey brings blessings. You just have to look for them." This is what makes her an excellent Caregiving Assistant! She helps pastor Deena and the Caregiving deacons by organizing materials for events such as Caregiving Ambassadors, Stephen Ministry, Covenant Groups and Practical Needs Ministries. If you have a prayer concern or need, Betty has an incredible way of making you feel loved and cared for!
Employed at West Hills since...
2003
Family
I have two beautiful daughters, Christina and Jennifer, and an awesome son-in-law, Brenton. I'm also Nana to seven
Best thing about your job
The people! I love working with our volunteers and being available to help our members in whatever way I can.
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you...; SONG: Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone; MOVIE: Princess Bride; BOOK: The Outlander series; SNACK: chocolate!
Something that gets on your nerves
Pettiness... life is just too short!
Some hobbies/passions
Grandkids and reading
Something people may not know about you
I love geneology and can't wait for the day I'm retired and can spend time researching dead relatives!
Your happy place
Rocky Mountain National Park
 
 
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