Scott Christiansen

Senior Pastor

5 things you need to know about Scott:

  1. Born in Iowa but lived in Nebraska most of my life
  2. HUGE Husker fan. It is ridiculous, really.
  3. Worked with teenagers for almost 20 years as a high school teacher and a youth pastor.
  4. Love leading Westwood and working with a great staff and a great congregation who love Jesus and love serving His Kingdom.
  5. The biggest passion of my life is my family. My wife Cathy and I have been married for over 30 years. We have 3 sons: Jacob, Benjamin and Zachary.

Michelle Goodrich

Director of Children's Ministry

5 things you need to know about Michelle:

  1. I’m married to a great guy (Bob), and we have 2 kids (Shelby and Grant) who keep us busy, entertained, and humble.
  2. I love watching the fantastic volunteers at Westwood loving kids in the name of Jesus.
  3. I look forward to meeting you, plugging your kids into great programming, and serving alongside you.
  4. Before working in Children’s Ministry, I taught middle school special education, and later 5th grade.
  5. I’m a Creighton basketball fan – not quite to the extent Pastor Scott is a husker fan…but still a fan!

Todd Laird

Director of Worship Arts



1. I’m married to my wife of 15 years, Lynda. Together, we have 3 children…Holden, Harrison, and Hamilton.

2. When I’m not playing music you’ll probably find me outside with the children playing ball or just enjoying the great outdoors. I love camping and hiking with my family.
3. I grew up with a carpenter for a father. He taught me well. I can be found around the home doing all kinds of projects…my wife wishes I’d finish one every once in a while!
4. I’m a fan of the Huskers on Saturday and the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoons.
5. I play the guitar but started on the cello in 4th grade. I’m a fan of many different styles of music but am partial to the blues.


Quinn Tirrel

Associate Pastor

5 Things you need to know about Quinn

1.  I absolutely love being with my family.  My wife, Lydia, and I have been married for about fourteen years and we have three children. It’s safe to say they keep us on our toes.

2. After working with high school students for nearly 20 years (six of them here at Westwood), I am now adjusting to a new role focusing more on preaching and adult discipleship.

3.   I graduated from Western Theological Seminary’s Distance Learning program with an M. Div. back in 2015…but please don’t call me Reverend. I beg you.

4.  The diversity of my hobbies simply defies logic; even I can’t connect the dots on some of them.  Things I love include: reading, hunting, making bread and jelly, gardening, home improvement projects, watching sports, playing the guitar, working out, and playing board games — especially Settlers of Catan.

5.  I’m excited to be bringing a new emphasis to Adult Discipleship here at Westwood in the coming months and years. There is no cookie-cutter way that people grow and mature in Christ, but I’m eager to help us move forward together in a way that helps us to both experience and share the love and life of Jesus in an even deeper way.

Kara Willems

Director of Youth Ministry

5 things you need to know about Kara:

  1. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband, Aaron, for almost 14 years now (!) and have been blessed with two beautiful children: our book-lovin’ 12-year-old son, Titus, and our extreme-extrovert 9-year old, miracle girl, Eden.
  2. We know people think we’re crazy, but Aaron and I honestly LOVE hanging out with middle school students (they are incredibly entertaining!) and have been blessed to run that ministry here at Westwood for almost a decade now.  Now that I am taking on the role of Director of Youth Ministry, I am excited to be able to continue to walk with those same students as they grow through their high school years as well.  It’s amazing to watch them learn, mature and grow into the incredible young men and women God created them to be.  What a privilege!
  3. I love to putz around with creative projects and enjoy cooking and trying new foods.  (If you ever eat at my house, there is a high probability you will be a ‘guinea pig’ for trying a new recipe I’ve found!)
  4. I grew up at Westwood!  It is home to me.
  5. I LOVE Missions! God has given my husband and I a heart for people from other cultures and countries. We spent the first 4 years of our married life serving as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators and the RCA primarily in the island nation of Papua New Guinea.

Support Staff of Westwood Church

Connie Wismer, Office

Deb Schuiteman, Director of Hearts &