As a community of faith, Westwood consists of men and women and boys and girls, from different social, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds who have joined together in the name of Jesus Christ to learn how to be a disciple of Jesus as we serve God, one another, and the world. To learn more about why we emphasize certain areas of community life, see our Philosophy of Ministry page.
As an organized church, Westwood is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The PCA was founded in 1973 when 260 churches broke away from a denomination that had allowed many among its leadership to question essential truths of the faith, like the deity of Jesus Christ and the inerrancy and authority of the Bible. From its inception, the PCA has determined its purpose to be “faithful to the Scriptures, true to the reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission.” This is why this denomination has a strong commitment to evangelism, missionary work at home and abroad, and to Christian education.
As we become better equipped as disciples of Jesus we will be better enabled to make our unique contribution to the greater Christian witness in Dothan, the Wiregrass region, and the world. What might this contribution look like over time? The answer to this is summarized in what we call our vision, which includes such activities as:
We believe God’s will involves such activities as:
- Developing mature and equipped Christians of all ages through intentional discipleship (2 Timothy 2:2).
- Praying for an awakening among the lost (Mark 1:15) and revival among God’s people (2 Chronicles 7:14; Revelation 2:5).
- Inviting those around us to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).
- Laying the groundwork for ministry to the neighborhoods around the church, as well as the city of Dothan.
- Worshiping in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
- Partnering with like-minded churches and ministries in the Dothan area to advance the message of the gospel.
- Investing financial and personnel resources in kingdom work around the world (Matthew 28:18-20).
- Clothing ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one other and forgiving one another (Col. 3:12-14).
As we implement this vision, we will thoughtfully equip disciples in five key areas of Christian living: (1) Prayer; (2) Outreach; (3) Worship; (4) Fellowship; (5) Discipleship. For a look at how we are currently pursuing this vision, see our Ministry Plan.
How we plan to accomplish this vision has been summarized in our mission statement: “Westwood exists to make disciples of Christ who are discipled to engage Dothan and the world for Christ.”
Westwood’s story begins in 1986, when our founding pastor began a Bible study in his home with two families. As the vision for this community grew, worship services were held in various places (the Northside Mall, a home in the Kelly Springs area) until the current facility was built in 1993. In late 1998, Pastor Nash notified the congregation of his need to return home to Birmingham, AL, to care for his father.
This community called our current pastor, David Temples, in the Spring of 1999. Over the years, the leadership of Westwood has worked to develop its current ministry plan in order to equip this community to fulfill its mission and vision. To help us along the way, in August of 2006, the elders asked Lynn Miley to serve as our part-time Ministry Coordinator. He became our Associate Pastor in February, 2010.