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.

Testimonials

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

Dear Norma & Westwood Staff –

Thank you so much for what you do! It has been such a blessing to have a place to come and rest, to be surrounded by so many friendly people, and enjoy the silence and solitude that He prepared for me here! 🙂 Every encounter was Spirit-filled; every conversation, redirected me to the truths that the Father was showing me. I hope to share what I have learned here with many others, and encourage my colleagues to come for a stay! 🙂

Blessings and Much joy!

Angela Patterson

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 has been a time of healing, forgiveness, encouragement for the daily battles I face. God healed wounds, strengthened my marriage, helped me create a battle plan, and accountability.

Glenn Snider

Dave, Norma, Sandy & Staff of Westwood Ministries,

The Lord has truly met me in an amazing way and has used this place as a sanctuary for me, calling me back to dwelling in the secret place of the Most High, to remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty (whose power no foe can withstand).

Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you all in seeing His Warriors refreshed, safe and brought back to our first Love!

He has done great things!

Love In Christ,

Cyndi B.

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 Potter’s Institute, Heart-Shaping class has brought joy back to my heart and given me revelation of unattended sin. It has taught me to BE STILL. Listen! Receive unwritten God’s Words and blessings!

Della Stevens

The Potter’s Institute has been a safe place to come and reflect on self, healing, and reconciliation between myself and husband; myself and God. God identified wounds deeply buried that were contributing to conflict and hurting other people. Reconciled myself to Him and showed me the reality of Him and showed me how to “heart believe” instead of just “head believe”.

The Potter’s Institute was an encouraging and worthwhile opportunity for my wife and I to find healing for ourselves so that we can find healing in our marriage.

Philip Hawkins

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.