Welcome to Westgate Chapel’s student ministry
Westgate students is the ministry of Westgate Chapel to students 6th through 12th grade. Our mission is to lead students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We do this by focusing on three vital relationships: Intimacy with God, Community with Believers and Influence with Unbelievers. Our mission as a student ministry is the same mission as our church. This is intentional. We want to connect students into our church body. We don’t see students as a separate entity of subset of Westgate Chapel but as a vital and core component of the church. Our goal is to have students see themselves as part of the church, not just a youth ministry.
Our Student Ministry Team
Steve grew up in a family of 8 right here in Toledo. After going to Nyack College in New York for a degree in student ministry, he served as the student pastor at a C&MA church in New Jersey for 11 years. In the summer of 2018, feeling called by God to make a change, Steve and his wife Melissa with their two sons Prescott and Coby made the move back to Ohio to serve at Westgate. Steve is optimistic, competitive, and relationally driven. If you’re looking for him, just listen for a high pitch cackle that he calls a laugh. Steve loves pushing students to understand and own their faith, helping them to wrestle through and answer tough questions about themselves and their purpose.
Dan grew up in Warren, Ohio with his 2 older brothers, younger sister, Ruger (family dog), and incredible parents! He Is currently completing his bachelors degree in youth ministry at Toccoa Falls, and was heavily involved with middle school ministry during the past 4 years at the C&MA church where he grew up. There Dan completed a 6-month youth ministry internship, which lead to a connection with Westgate Chapel. God began to move, opening doors, and called Dan to Westgate this past May! Dan is a very energetic individual, who loves being adventurous and spending his time with friends, family, and students. If you happen to catch him singing his heart out at a red light, don’t worry, that’s totally normal. His desire for middle schoolers is for them to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ and to help them realize they can have an impact, right now, in the lives of those around them!
Michaela has called Westgate Chapel her church home since she was a little girl, attending with her parents, two sisters, and brother. Her favorite memory is the time when, during Children's Ministry Conference, she and a few other members from Westgate performed the song, "We’re All in this Together" from High School Musical. Now all grown up and having graduated from University of Toledo Michaela lends her creativity and "MacGyver-esque" problem-solving talents to Student Ministries as the Administrative Assistant. Michaela is deeply interested in discussion and conversations that challenge students to apply the Bible to their daily life. She believes in listening well and loving large. When she’s not hanging out at Westgate, Michaela enjoys Netflix, napping, friends, and snuggling with her baby niece.