West Hills Church

SERVING AT WEST HILLS

giving ourselves in God's mission

We are each given a spiritual gift so that we may be equipped for ministry and service in Christ's name (Ephesians 4:11-16). At West Hills, we help people discover their gifts, then develop and use them faithfully in God's kingdom work. We are to grow up into Christ and to serve where the Lord calls us, that lives may be changed. Check out the different areas to serve at West Hills:

Worship and Music

There are many places to become involved in the Worship & Music Ministry at West Hills. You will build relationships and lead people in energizing worship of Jesus while using your unique gifts to serve and honor Him. Contact Michael Dryver (below) for more information on any of the following areas:

  • Choir (including Chancel choir, handbells, gospel, men's & women's ensembles)
  • Worship Team (vocal and band)
  • Instrumental opportunities
  • Sound/media team

Hospitality Team

Do you have a gift for making people feel welcome? If you have a bright smile and a warm handshake, or if you have an eye for interior decorating, we would love to have you as part of our usher, greeter or seasonal decorating teams. Contact Michael Dryver (below) for more information.

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Director of Worship and Music
Kevin Gibson
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Phone:402-391-8662 ext. 1024
Cell:816-517-8270
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Next Generations Special Projects Coordinator
Luke Burns
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2016
Family
I am an only child so my family is very small, but my grandma, uncle, aunt, and cousin all live in Omaha so we have been known to have a few big parties and fun family dinners.
Best thing about your job
My favorite thing about my job is getting the chance to have a great time with the students and showing them that living the Christian lifestyle is not only fun, but actually the most fulfilling way to live.
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:8-9; SONG: Send Me by Lecrae; MOVIE: Courageous; BOOK: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown; SNACK: ice cream
Something that gets on your nerves
One thing that drives me crazy is not being able to find what I am looking for at a grocery store.
Some hobbies/passions
Playing guitar, watching basketball, and reading & writing
Something people may not know about you
When I first started college I thought I wanted to start my own Christian record label and produce great Christian music. Found out I have a much greater passion for ministry than for business.
Your happy place
going to the lake to fish
 
 
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Children's Ministry

There are many places to become involved in Children's Ministry at West Hills, both up-front and behind the scenes. You will build relationships and love children into the kingdom of God while using your unique gifts to serve and honor Him. If one of the following areas interests you, contact Ulette Bonner (below) for more information.

  • large group leader
  • small group shepherd
  • nursery caregiver
  • song leader
  • set & prop construction
  • kitchen staff
  • administrative assistance
  • song leader/instrumentalist
  • spiritual formation mentor
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Interim Children's Coordinator
Jessica Scheopner
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Phone:(402) 391-8788 ext. 1015
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Youth Ministry

There are relationships to be cultivated, meals to be made, games to be played, retreats to go on and much more! If you would like to get involved with our youth group in one of the following capacities, e-mail us here.

  • teaching/discipling
  • small group leader
  • making meals
  • administrative

Building & Support

Are you organized? Do you like working in a garden? Do you have a friendly voice? We would love to have your help maintaining the building and grounds we are so blessed to have. There are many different skills we are in need of, so contact Mike Alfieri (below) if any of the following areas suit your fancy.

  • monthly newsletter assembly
  • phone volunteer
  • building maintenance
  • gardening
  • other administrative duties
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Support Ministries
Mike Alfieri
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Phone:(402) 391-8788 ext. 1008
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Family
Becky is my wife; my living proof of a loving God. We have four sons: Ian, Isaac, Michael, and Christopher who defy the laws of space and time by making me feel young, yet accelerating my aging process. Our house is basically a zoo (...besides the boys! :) ) with a dog, cat, rabbit, turtle, parakeets, fish, gecko, and others in the pet category.
Best thing about your job
knowing what I do is in service to God, and for a caring Christian community
Favorites
SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:41-42
Something that gets on your nerves
not being able to do everything at once
Some hobbies/passions
time with my family
Something people may not know about you
I had a brief pastoral ministry of my own as Brother Sunshine in the play
Your happy place
trusting in God and knowing He has a plan
 
 
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Caregiving Ministry

If you have a heart that cares deeply or a good listening ear, this may be a great place for you to get involved. If you would like to join alongside people when they are going through transition or a difficult time, contact Pastor Deena Candler or Betty Manna (below) to figure out if one of the following areas would be a good fit for you.

  • transportation team
  • baby ministry
  • hospital calling team
  • casserole ministry
  • crocheting or quilting
  • Stephen Ministry
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Betty Manna
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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
 
 
Interim Pastor
Deena Candler
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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.
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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!
 
 
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