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Interim Senior Pastor

 Rich McDermott

Rich McDermott is the Interim Senior Pastor at West Hills Church. He is married to Betsy Kenyon McDermott, a medical interpreter, and they have five children and two daughters-in-law: Cathy-30, Martin-28 (Marielle), Matt-25 (Alex), Ellen-21 and Olivia-18. He has served churches in Florida (5 yrs), Mexico City (6 yrs) and Colorado (23 yrs). Rich is excited and passionate about West Hills’ emphasis on missional discipleship, relational ministry, and being an incarnational witness. He was trained in March, 2013, for Interim Ministry by Princeton Theological Seminary at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. Rich and Deena Candler have been friends and colleagues for 36 years going back to seminary days, and Rich was an acquaintance of the late George Moore. He enjoys golf, tennis, hiking, fantasy football, the Denver Broncos and is in the developmental stages of becoming a Cornhusker fan. Rich says, “I look forward to knowing everyone I can in this great congregation.”

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Caring For God's People

 Deena Candler

Associate Pastor
Caregiving Ministries
When I was growing up in the suburbs of Denver, my family only attended church on Easter, and my sisters and brothers and I were sporadic in our attendance at Sunday school. As I entered high school, through the love and care of some adults in my neighborhood, I began attending the Presbyterian Church. At that church I encountered people who cared about me, who shared their brokenness with one another, and who were excited about their faith. I became hungry for what they had and was introduced, through their love, to a relationship with Jesus Christ. I joined that church through the "Experiment in Christian Caring" class and began to discover a model of relational style of ministry.

West Hills is a church that seeks to show Christ's love for those both inside and outside its walls through our care for one another. Our caregiving is shown through a ministry of presence, that no one should ever have to face a crisis alone; a ministry of listening, where people feel heard and understood; and a ministry that is unashamedly Christ-centered, that real hope may be available to all. We hope West Hills is a place where you will feel Christ's care through His people.