Staff

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Pastor Mike Hodges - Lead Pastor

I have served West Side since 1996.  I have served as Lead Pastor since 2009.  I am blessed to be a part of a church that truly wants to “Be the Church.”  I ask God for wisdom to lead West Side and to share relevant messages each Sunday that help people connect with God and with others.

 

Email: pastormike@westsidechog.org

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Pastor Josué Hernández C. - Hispanic Ministry Pastor

Bringing Glory to God and making a difference in this community, one family at a time.

 

Email: pastorjosue@westsidechog.org

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Pastor Nathan Smith - Worship Pastor

I joined the staff at West Side in June of 2015.  I have previously served in congregations in northwest PA and in Houston, TX.  My wife, Courtney, and I love to play board games, read, and watch movies.  We have two children, Keira and Owen, and could not think of a better place to raise them than alongside the loving families of West Side.

 

Email: pastornathan@westsidechog.org

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Pastor Kayla Harden - Student Ministries Pastor

I have served as the Student Ministries Director at West Side since 2012. I love West Side’s determination to not only come to church, but to live out the mission of being the Church in our community and the world. I am passionate about connecting students with their savior, in order that they might encounter God in a real and authentic way. I graduated from Anderson University with a degree in Bible and Religion and earned my Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. I’m also a coffee addict and a Bible nerd. I am married to my awesome husband, Nathan, and have one child, Aiden

 

Email: kharden@westsidechog.org

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Shannon Taimani - Family Ministries Director

What a privilege it has been to serve on staff since 2010. I love getting to create and facilitate opportunities for the families of West Side to connect, grow, and serve. My prayer is that each person, couple, and family at West Side is finding ways to know and be known…that we continue becoming a community that finds great joy in living in relationship together and encouraging one another, and that our love for God enables us to turn outward to love and serve others. I am beyond blessed that I get to do life with my husband, Vaka, as we raise our three sweet girls.

 

Email: staimani@westsidechog.org

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Charity Nielsen - Business Administrator

As ambassadors for Christ, it is essential that we demonstrate love and integrity at every point of contact, serving others even while being served. Whether through a business relationship or interaction with the community, it is my privilege to serve through these opportunities to inspire hope for the sake of Christ.

 

Email: cnielsen@westsidechog.org

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Christian Morfin - Luz Y Libertad Worship Leader

I have been serving as the worship leader with the Hispanic ministry since 2014. There is no greater joy than to see God's presence pour out on His people as we worship together, giving Him all honor and glory.

Email: cmorfin@westsidechog.org

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Dayanara Sesmas - Luz y Libertad Secretary

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Sonia Banda - Luz y Libertad Youth Director

As youth leaders in the Hispanic Ministry, my husband, Billy, and I desire to help this young generation grow closer to God, be disciples of Jesus, and live out their faith. 

Email: sbanda@westsidechog.org

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Pastor Jerry Dickinson - Honorary Pastor for Life

After serving as the Senior Pastor for over 23 years at West Side, I was given the Honorary Pastor for Life designation in my retirement.  I am available for speaking assignments, leadership training, and counseling.

 

Email: revjerry2009@yahoo.com