Workshop Teacher- Gary Westra
Gary was raised in Fresno, CA and currently lives in Wendell, Idaho with his wife of 36 years, Barbara. They have four sons: Samuel married Jamie, kids Gracie (3yrs), Sophie (6 months); Tim married Jessica, child Olivia (3 months); Ben single, great girlfriend Linnay. They all live in Fresno/Clovis CA. Jon, 16yrs lives here with us in Wendell.
After serving in Youth Ministry for over 20 years, Gary felt God’s pull toward revitalization in the established church. After serving a couple of churches in the CRC, Gary came to the RCA and is serving as a Commissioned Pastor at New Life Community in Wendell, since Jan 2010
“Over these past years serving several congregations, the surprises God has shown in personal and church growth are humbling. God has used Barbara & I to help bring about healing in congregations and mending of relationships. Where we have served, by God’s grace, there has been significant rise in attendance, energy and sense of mission: finding and discipling those that are missing from the kingdom.”
My personal vision is, "I am a motivator who intentionally loves and cares for my family, friends and those I meet, so that people are in a vital relationship with God & others.”
I like to garden & spend time fishing. Idaho is a great place for both!
Fun Facts: I worked in an industrial setting as a Journeyman Electrician for 16 years. And, I can ride a unicycle.