Welcome to Westwood Ministries

Increasingly, Christian leaders and their families are experiencing a need for rest and restoration from burnout, moral failure and forced termination.  Missionaries are experiencing  unrealistic expectations, financial burdens, denominational pressure & family stress leading to a mass exodus from full-time vocational ministry. We are in a crisis of ministry like no other where the needs of full-time ministry staff & church lay leadership hang in the balance.  What is the Church to do? Where can Christian leaders who are called by God go to find healing and restoration?

Westwood Ministries has been operating since 1989 as a pastoral care ministry in an attempt to meet the physical and family needs of those in full-time ministry and church lay leadership. Westwood offers ministry in three priority areas: Sabbatical Retreat & Rest, Holistic Christian Counseling and Life & Ministry Training.

We are convinced that God’s desire for His Church is to be a healthy, functioning body. But before the Church can be healthy, its leaders must find health themselves.

Scholarship Fund

Each year Westwood absorbs the cost of many clients and guests who come to receive help but cannot afford to pay the “suggested donation” that is required for the ministry and services.  The DNA of Westwood is that no Christian leader or their family be turned away due to their lack of funds to pay for their stay at Westwood and the ministry received.  However, this costs Westwood about $50,000 each year!  This past year we began to share these needs for scholarships that would enable more leaders to come and receive healing at Westwood Ministries.

Already we have received over $15,000 toward our goal of $50,000!

I invite you to make this scholarship fund a matter of prayer for your year-end giving this year!  For every servant leader and family we salvage from failure and destruction, many lives will be changed down through eternity!

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

Testimonials

If my husband had not abandoned me here 🙂 I really do not know how much longer it would have taken me to deal with my issues. I can’t thank you enough that this place exists. My counselors were awesome and willing to spend time with us if we wanted it or needed. Sandy Rocks! I love you!

God has done an awesome work in my life! 🙂 He has made me the me that I was before being hurt. The one God wanted me to be.

Tresa Snider

The “Worth More Than Rubies” retreat was a reality check for me. It was an encouragement to hear all the teachings and Scriptures on being a godly wife and mother. I feel that this was a PRO-ACTIVE step to make me a better mother before my daughter is all grown.

Natalie Charlotin

The “Worth More Than Rubies” retreat was really special as usual. When I broke my plate I was really broken. I asked the Lord to help me to leave different than I came. The Lord really spoke to me. NO matter how many times I come, something is different. That is great! 🙂

Shirley Dannemiller

The “Worth More Than Rubies” retreat has meant to me about building a foundation. I felt as if I was on sinking sand. Now I feel as though I am standing on the rock.

The Father helped me quit smoking this weekend. He has helped me believe and trust Him to take care of my family.

Everything was fantastic! Truly life changing. You said Dawsie would “bless our socks off” and she truly has! She is a woman of God that I would like to look to as an example.

Leslie Groff

Potter’s at Westwood, in general, have been life-saving to me and my family. It has provided wellness and healing from habits, quarrels – a reminder of forgiveness of my sin and the blessing and reminder of hope and a future. God continues to bring healing and restoration, growth and strengthening for my heart and soul. Thanks for all you do!

Joel Wetzstein

Potter’s has been a schooling of the heart. It is very life changing. God revealed the lies I have been believing my whole life.

Just know your ministry is lifted up by us in prayer. You bless us! 🙂

Jodie Wetzstein

Westwood Staff,

Again, what an incredible place to “come away” to. You provide an atmosphere of Father’s heart. Yah – all the buildings, the lodge, the cabins, the campfire, and the wide open space with wildlife are the setting; however, you – God’s people – vessels of Father’s heart are what minister to our deepest need. In all genuineness, we yearn to be close to y’all. Touched, transformed and “Graced” lives and hearts are what we always leave here with: Touched by Christ’s compassion, Transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit, and “Graced” because we get what we don’t deserve from Father.

Blessings in Jesus’ Name,

Jason, Tiffany, Skyler, & Stetson Swhart

The Potter’s Institute, Heart-Shaping class has been a refuge. A place my wife and I came to seek help with the greatest struggle of our marriage. We found more than we came to find. We found healing, hope, energy towards tomorrow. We both discovered the sin we were not aware of, and generational sin that we believe will break with God’s leading.

God brought me out of hiding. I was the prodigal son, but unwilling, unable, too afraid to come out of the pig pen. God did not meet me half way, He came and got me out and led me Home.

Thank you, Lord, for sending me to The Potter’s Institute. It was life-saving, life-changing. I will forever be thankful and grateful to my new family outside of Kerrville. In Your Son’s Name, Amen.

Will Stevens

The “Worth More Than Rubies” retreat has given me a tremendous amount of rebuilding of my faith and reassures to correct areas in which I fail in my marriage and other areas of my life. The Father touched me deeply and opened my heart to better let Him in and guide me.

M.A. Brown

This experience [Potter’s Institute] has brought up a lot of things that I knew in my brain, but not necessarily knew in my heart. It has given me a chance to “escape” my everyday to experience a “reality check” and to re-calculate my priorities.

God gave my husband and I a specific opportunity to share with each other things about our past, that might otherwise not have come up. He brought us closer because of it too. He revealed that we are more alike than we knew and that we were truly brought together by Him. God revealed to me some other things (wounds) that I had suppressed so much so that I had forgotten. I was able to confront those feelings.