LEADERSHIP & MINISTRY TEAM

Rev. Matthew Gunter
Senior Pastor
 
 
Reverend Matt Gunter is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God and has been in ministry for the past 25 years. He has served the Kingdom as youth pastor, evangelist, fire chaplain and has been the Senior Pastor at West since October, 2006. Pastor Gunter and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters, Leah and Emma. 
 
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Melissa Willien
Administrative Assistant
 Children’s Ministry Leader
 
Melissa has served as the Administrative Assistant since 2017. In this position, she oversees the daily functions of the church office and provides resources to the ministry leaders at West. She has also served in our Children’s Ministry since 2012. In this role, she provides direction for children ages 4-12 years old during our Sunday Morning Kid’s Church service. Her desire is to teach children to truly know, love and serve Jesus so that they will make an impact on those around them. She and her husband, Kevin, have one daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys DIY projects, shopping, and spending time with her family.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Johnny Craven
Worship Leader
 
 
Johnny has served over the Music Ministry for 28 years. Music is an integral part of worship at West. In his role, he strives to lead in exalting Christ with a blend of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in congregational worship, choir selections, and a variety of soloists and group songs. The music at West is designed to encourage the believer, present the Gospel message of hope, and most importantly, glorify God. His desire is that we sing and present music with intent. Each service is prayerfully planned and then yielded to the anointing and direction of the Spirit. He and his wife, Celia, have been married for over 40 years. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, spending time with his family, golf, and Christian fellowship.
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Lester & Wanda Rivenbark
Bus Ministry Leaders
 
 
Lester and Wanda have led the Bus Ministry at West since 2016. In their role, they provide a way for people in our community to attend church and build the Kingdom of Christ. Their passion is to pour into people’s lives so they may know Christ and grow in their relationship with Him. Lester and Wanda have been married for 35 years and they have two children and four grandchildren. In their spare time, they enjoy collecting things, spoiling their grandchildren, and making people laugh.
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Amanda Speight
Children’s Ministry Leader
 
 
Amanda has served in Children’s Ministry since 201C her role, she provides direction for children ages 4-12 during Wednesday night DiscipleTown class. Her desire is to see children develop a relationship with God and have a desire to serve Him. She and her husband, Tommy, have two children, Charlie and Paisley. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and traveling to the beach.
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Wayne & Kristen Rowe
Young Adult Ministry
 
 
Wayne and Kristen have served in Young Adult Ministry since 2017. In this role, they serve adults ages 20 and up, whether married or single. Their desire is to bring young adults together by providing opportunities to support each other as they walk through life and and grow in their relationship with Christ. The Young Adult Ministry strives to effectively serve our church, our community, and spread the love of Christ through various outreach activities. Wayne and Kristen have two daughters, Addisyn and Ella.In their spare time, they enjoy music, baseball, family time and traveling. 
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Kathryn Watson
Ladies Ministry 
 
 
Kathryn has served in Ladies Ministry for over 10 years. In her role, she coordinates showers and events, oversees the decorating of church events, and organizes the annual Fall Bazaar. Her desire is that all ladies at West feel welcome and feel they can be a part of a body of ladies that will pray, encourage and support one another. Kathryn ad her husband, Frankie, have two sons, Landon and John Luke. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her kids, and planting flowers and working in her yard.
Celia Craven
 
 
 
Celia has served as the Trailblazers leader for 11 years. In this role, she organizes and provides a variety of activities suitable for senior adults, 55 and over, including weekly prayer meeting, food and fellowship, day trips, Senior Adult Camp Meeting, and an annual trip to Gatlinburg, TN. She is passionate about encouraging all Trailblazers to actively engage in ministry opportunities. She also ministers to our shut-ins through visits, phone calls, and cards. Her desire is that the Trailblazers glorify Christ in all that they do. She and her husband, Johnny, love spending time with their grandchildren, Zach, Landon, John Luke, and Anna! She is looking forward to traveling in her spare time after retirement.
 
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Frankie Watson
Christian Education Board Director
 
Tony Harper
Simple Servants Leader
 
 
Neal Gruer
Intern
Neal has served as an Intern since January of 2019. He is a graduate of Free Gospel Bible Institute. His desire is to reach and disciple others through events, service projects, teaching, and one-on-one outreach. Neal also assist with the audio/video ministry as well as day-to-day administrative needs. He is passionate about instructing young people in doctrine and practical Christian disciplines, inspiring future generations to fall in love with Jesus Christ and navigate the struggles surrounding today’s generation, and working alongside others to positively impact our world. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with his friends.