West Hills Church

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Elder for Youth
Julie Anderson
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At West Hills since...
1981
My family
Dave and l have been married for almost 29 years. We have three wonderful sons Daniel, Joel and Paul.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
I have been involved with all areas of youth and children, including teaching Sunday school, leading youth groups, Wednesday night activities, mission trips with the youth and InGathering.
What you like most about West Hills
We are willing to walk on this journey of life with Jesus and each other.
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: 2 Chronicles 20; SONG: For Such a Time As This by Wayne Watson; MOVIE: Operation Petticoat; SNACK: ice cream
Hobbies/passions
I love spending time with the men in my life! I enjoy photography and would love to start taking dance lessons again. Our entire family is involved with the Capernaum Ministry through Young Life working with Special Needs Youth and Young Adults. I am a registered nurse and my speciality at this time is colonoscopies...feel free to ask me for hints on how to get through your prep!
 
 
Elder for Caregiving
Marti Bloes
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At West Hills since...
2002
My family
My husband, Terry, and I have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
I worked with Children's Ministry for 5 years and have now been working with Caregiving Ministry for 5 years. I have been a Deacon for Stephen Ministry for 3 years.
What you like most about West Hills
the family atmosphere - it's surprising how many of us came to worship here once and just knew it was the perfect place for us
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 4:5 - Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.; SONG: Long Way Home by Stephen Curtis Chapman; BOOK: I read a lot and don't really have a favorite; MOVIE: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: SNACK: hummus and jicama
Hobbies/passions
I love experiencing God's glory in nature -- kayaking, hiking, biking and flying stunt kites.
 
 
Elder for Westgate Community Partnership
Kathy Cordes
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At West Hills since...
1983
My family
Married to Greg and I have one daughter and three grandkids.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
youth, mission, VBS, Westgate
What you like most about West Hills
relationships
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 40:28-31; SONG: My Revival by Lauren Daigle; BOOK: Jesus Calling; MOVIE: Star Wars - any of them; SNACK: Dove dark chocolate
Hobbies/passions
photography, walking and kids - I work as a Health Aid at Westgate School
 
 
Elder of Buildings & Grounds
Don Glasgow
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Elder for Nominating
Lisa Harrison
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Elder for Worship and Music
Mark Hawkins
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At West Hills since...
1991 or 1992
My family
The Lord has blessed me with an amazing wife and three awesome sons. My wife's name is Ilene, and my boys are Levi, Noah, and Matthew.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
Worship and Music, Amp Youth, Youth Minstries
What you like most about West Hills
My favorite thing about West Hills is having the opportunity to share my journey with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 4:13; SONG: I don't know - I have a lot of favorites; BOOK: Moby Dick; MOVIE: Life of Pi, Gladiator; SNACK: homemade chocolate chip cookies
Hobbies/passions
Hobbies: fantasy football, golfing, hunting, fishing, and working out; Passions: spending time with family and friends
 
 
Elder for Stewardship
Mike Kelley
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At West Hills since...
1988
My family
Peggy & I have been married since 1971. We have been blessed with two adult children, Drew & Alicia, their spouses Rachel & Jon. Our greatest joy is four beautiful grandchildren, Morgan, Mason, Barrett & Briggs.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
I have served as an Elder several times, taught Sunday School, served as a Youth volunteer on Sunday nights and on Youth Mission trips, been a Mission team member, led Men’s Ministry, attend Tuesday Bible Study, served on several Search committees and Personnel committee. One of my greatest joys was serving as carpenter assistant to Chuck Burgess with Norlin Parker.
What you like most about West Hills
WHC is where I started a relationship with Jesus Christ. I continue to grow in my faith in these pews and hallways. WHC is home to me and a sanctuary. My spiritual growth has been blessed and nurtured in this church.
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 4:13 LIFE PASSAGE: Philippians 3:7-14 SONG: On Eagle Wings & Wind Beneath My Wings. BOOK: love the Bible then a Tom Clancy novel. DESSERT: Raspberries with heavy cream.
Hobbies/passions
Nebraska Football with my wife followed by other NU athletics. Working with Youth. Time with family and friends. Searching for out of the way restaurants. Silent retreats. A sense of humor no matter how sad it is.
 
 
Elder for Personnel
John O'Donovan
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Elder for Children's
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At West Hills since...
not sure - a long time
My family
My husband's name is Steve. He is easy to spot in a crowd because he is always the blondest man in the room! We have 3 daughters who unfortunately all live far away.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
I have always been involved in children's ministries. I love how children are pretty honest, funny and active in learning. I am also enjoying helping with the ESL class. It is so interesting to meet the students and hear their stories. The students are fascinating people who are trying to adapt to American culture.
What you like most about West Hills
I think there is some freedom to think outside the box at West Hills. For instance, I was not very interested in going on any of the church sponsored mission trips, but I was interested in serving in a short term medical mission. I have been to Africa twice serving as a nurse with Mercy Ships. I really felt like I had the church's blessing and now I am so much more aware of the needs of the poor in the world today.
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: Micah 6:8; SONG: anything by the Avett Brothers; BOOK: Cry the Beloved Country; MOVIE: Skyfall; SNACK: cookies
Hobbies/passions
I love being outside and I play too much tennis (stress fractures), but it is so fun I play anyway. My favorite bike trail is the Wabash Trace. My family plays Settlers of Catan when we get together and we all hate to lose - it gets interesting! Also, outdoor concerts by the Avett Brothers are awesome and worth the drive - a little piece of fun advice there :-)
 
 
Elder for Support Ministries
Brenton Pyle
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At West Hills since...
2006
My family
I have been married to my ridiculously wonderful and talented wife Christina for 11 years. We have been blessed with 3 sons who are also ridiculously wonderful and talented: Braxton, Jude and Simeon.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
I have served as a deacon for covenant groups, on the nominating committee, and as a leader in children's crosswalk classes. I participate on the worship team every once in a while, and I have been fortunate enough to take mission trips to Crow Agency, Montata and Kingston, Jamaica organized through West Hills.
What you like most about West Hills
I love that it is a place for so many different things: meeting friends, challenging me to grow, finding encouragement and encouraging others, learning, serving, celebrating with my family.
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 12:1-2; SONG: How He Loves by John Mark McMillan; BOOK: Anything C.S. Lewis wrote; MOVIE: The original Star Wars trilogy; SNACK: chips and salsa
Hobbies/passions
I enjoy running, camping, hiking, music, reading, and just about activity with my family.
 
 
Elder for Mission
Peggy Shirley
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At West Hills since...
1986
My family
I have been married to my husband, David, for 24 years. We have one son, Michael. He is 20 years old and will be attending Metropolitan College in September. We have a Morkie named Lexie. I worked at First Data for 32 years and left the company in 2013. I am enjoying my first year of retirement and it has allowed me to live my passion of mission work and volunteering.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
taught Sunday school, Caregiving Ambassador, Caregiving Deacon, nursery volunteer, mission work with Abide, Good News Bears, Omaha Street School, Westgate, Mission Elder, VBS volunteer, VBS organizer at Iglesia el Buen Pastor, mission trip to Crow Agency, Montana, Presbyterian mission trip to Israel/Palestine
What you like most about West Hills
the fact that we are all on a journey with Christ together - there is no judging, only love and care and helping each other as we make the journey together
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 29:11; SONG: Blessings by Laura Story; BOOK: anything by John Sanford; MOVIE: Gone With the Wind; SNACK: frozen yogurt
Hobbies/passions
walking with my dog, Lexie, exercising, reading, Bible Study Fellowship, mission work and volunteering
 
 
Elder for Spiritual Formation
Trink Traudt
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At West Hills since...
1984
My family
I'm single. My sister Patty and her husband Jeff and daughters Elisabeth and Rachel live three blocks away. My mother Bev lives in Lincoln.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
Westgate volunteer, neighborhood cleanup and North Omaha Abide/Bridge involvement
What you like most about West Hills
There's so much it's hard to pick just one. It's my extended family. It's a welcoming place where folks can use their gifts in ministry and mission whether that's caregiving, music and worship, practical needs, teaching... just being a listening ear. Supper on Wednesday nights is always good!
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: John 3:16; SONG: As much as I love music, this is way too hard to answer. At least too hard in a short time frame. But I want "Just a Closer Walk" sung at my funeral by a four-part choir, Loseke arrangement; BOOK: I've read and re-read several of Barbara Johnson's books; MOVIE: Sound of Music, hands down; SNACK: anything chocolate
Hobbies/passions
This will sound kind of dumb but I'm big into recycling. I do it to take care of God's earth and save taxpayer dollars at the landfill. I don't have that much time for hobbies per se. I collect newspaper clippings, usually amusing anecdotes or articles that reflect our current culture.
 
 
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Deacons - Caregiving Ambassadors
Patti Brownlee
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Judy Nelson
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At West Hills since...
2014
My family
My husband, John, and I were married in June of 1975. We met at my former church when I returned to Omaha to teach after having taught in John's home town for four years. We are the parents of a daughter, Martha (Steve) and two sons, Andrew (Lacey) and Braden. We are grandparents of four darling granddaughters aged 4 months to 6 years old.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
I have participated in several Bible studies - Sunday morning, Thursday morning, and Wednesday Night Alive. I have volunteered for Servant Sunday. I have participated in one silent retreat and
What you like most about West Hills
Each week I really look forward to Sunday morning worship. I love being surrounded by and led in joy-filled, Christ-centered worship. The music is uplifting and well done. The preaching is biblical, meaningful and inspirational. I am thankful for the passion of this congregation for mission.
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: The Gospel of John; SONG: the hymn Holy, Holy, Holy; BOOK: any book written by Tim Keller or Elyse Fitzpatrick; MOVIE: You've Got Mail; SNACK: Dove dark chocolate and Vic's mix
Hobbies/passions
I enjoy casual gardening and listening to classical music. I like to read, primarily non-fiction. I would love to organize family photos and stories of 5 generations of family in a format that can be enjoyed for years to come.
 
 
Donna Peterson
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At West Hills since...
1997
My family
My husband, Stuart, is deceased. I have a daughter (Debbie Clemons) and a son (Gregory). I have five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
JAM and LOGOS (children's ministry) years ago, deacon for covenant groups, caregiving ambassadors, deacon for caregiving, Special Saturdays committee, phone volunteer
What you like most about West Hills
the loving staff and friendly members
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; MOVIE: The Sound of Music; SNACK: popcorn
Hobbies/passions
sewing crafts, quilting
 
 
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Heather Hipp
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At West Hills since...
2011
My family
I live with my sister and her family here in Omaha. I am the Auntie to two nephews and a niece, and I have had the privilege to be a part of their lives since they were born. I also have a furry four-legged girl I love so much named Izzy.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
Servant Sunday, Chili & Caroling, women's Bible study, covenant group, Westgate Elementary classroom volunteer
What you like most about West Hills
It's a mission-minded church intentional about sharing God's word locally and internationally.
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.; SONG: Hosanna; BOOK: Brain of Fire; MOVIE: The Imitation Game; SNACK: Why do you have to limit me to one? I like cupcakes, popcorn, soft ice cream, cookies :)
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reading, DIY crafts, gardening, walking/hiking, music
 
 
Steve Seyler
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Michaella Dunn
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At West Hills since...
2000
My family
My husband, Johnny, and I have a 1-year-old son named Beckett.
Areas of involvement at West Hills
In college I was a youth intern for two summers, then later volunteered with the youth for several years. I was on the Mission Team for three years and have helped with some of the Children's Ministry activities throughout the years, including volunteering for several years with VBS.
What you like most about West Hills
Our focus on outreach in our own community and mission throughout our world
My favorites
SCRITURE: Matthew 6:33-34, Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.; SONG: I have no idea how to choose just one; BOOK: I have always loved Jane Austen novels; MOVIE: The Sound of Music; SNACK: pumpkin spice latte
Hobbies/passions
I love dogs. I love to read. I do yoga and I like crocheting Beckett little hats.
 
 
Linda Springsted
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At West Hills since...
1980
My family
My husband (Paul) and I have been married for 47 years and have three grown children. Kelley (husband John) has two boys, Thomas (18) and Christian (6). Our son J.P. (wife Debbie) has one daughter, Lela (14). Kathy is our youngest daughter (husband Brian) and has one son, Nick (24).
Areas of involvement at West Hills
I have taught Sunday school and was Supt. of SS (years ago). I have served as an Elder, but my heart is as a Deacon. I am currently serving as a Deacon and coordinator of the silent retreat. I also enjoy helping out in the nursery, library and the funeral committee. I also enjoy Thursday morning Bible study and bell choir. I also enjoy helping out at Westgate School.
What you like most about West Hills
When we first visited West Hills in 1980, we just knew this was the place for us. We were welcomed warmly and were excited to learn more about joining. We were disappointed to find out we could not attend the Experiment (membership class) for several months. The Experiment was a great experience and was a good taste of relational community that we have enjoyed since then.
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 41:10; SONG: Jesus, I Love You; BOOK: Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning; MOVIE: The Last Holiday; SNACK: chocolate anything
Hobbies/passions
books, counted cross stitch, making fleece blankets for UNMC, volunteer transportation for UNMC
 
 
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Sherry Heldt
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Wayne Moore
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At West Hills since...
1965
My family
Married to Marilyn Moore, have two sons Brian & Craig (wife Becky) with two grandaughters Madisyn and Macy
Areas of involvement at West Hills
Stephens Ministry, Caregiving, Building & Grounds, Ushering, Greeting, Junior and Senior High, Sunday School, Singles Ministry
What you like most about West Hills
The fellowship of the people
My favorites
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 23; SONG: Lord's Prayer; BOOK: Celebration of Discipline; MOVIE: Brian's Song; SNACK: chocolate covered almonds
Hobbies/passions
stamp collecting, baseball, time with family
 
 
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