Westside Christian Church



Mission Statement

Westside Christian Church exists to: 

Give Glory to God (I Peter 2:9),

Evangelize the Lost (Matthew 28:18-20),

Teach the Saved (Colossians 1:28), and

Help Those in Need (II Corinthians 8:14).




About Us


Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Westside Christian Church is
To love God,
To love others, and
To magnify the name of Jesus Christ by:
(1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal
priesthood,a holy nation, a people belonging to God,
thatyou may declare the praises of him who called
you out of darkness into his wonderful light.)

Evangelizing the Lost

(Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.)

Teaching the Saved

(Colossians 1:28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching
everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone
perfect in Christ.)

And Helping Those in Need

(II Corinthians 8:14-15 At the present time your plenty will
supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply
what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written:
He that gathered much did not have too much, and he that
gathered little did not have too little.”)


What We Believe:


Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God who died for our sins and arose from the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance [a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried,that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The Bible is the inspired word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.


Every person has worth as a creation of God, but that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,


Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Those accepting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith, and be baptized into him.

Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


The church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit and exists to evangelize the lost and edify the saved.

Ephesians 4:1-16 4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord,one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”[b]

9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.


Jesus Christ will one day return to earth and reign forever as King of kings and Lord of lords.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death,so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.




The Westside Way

August Calendar

 1         Wednesday Night Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

 2         JOY Group – 5 pm

 4         Baby Shower for Emmett Paul Traxson – 2 to 4 pm in Fellowship Hall

 5         REFRESH – 9 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

 7         National Night Out at Aquatic Center – 5:30 to 8 pm

 8         Wednesday Night Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

12        REFRESH – 9 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            Back to School Recognition During Morning Worship

15        Wednesday Night Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

16        JOY Group – 5 pm

18        Gracious Giving Meets at 9 am

19        REFRESH – 9 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            Hymn Sing at Westside Christian Church – 6 pm

22        Wednesday Night Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

26        REFRESH – 9 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            CIA (Creativity In Action) Meeting  – 6 pm

29        Wednesday Night Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm


On Sunday,  August 12th we will celebrate our students going back to school!  We will have a small gift for each child, Kindergarten through 12th Grade. We will also pray for all our students.  For our two students who will be going away to college for the first time, we will have a special gift.  To help with that gift we invite the congregation to participate!

Please bring two of each snack item.  Ideas are:

  • 2 –jars of peanut butter
  • 2 – bags of chips
  • 2 – boxes of crackers
  • 2 – boxes of microwave popcorn
  • 2 – boxes of crackerjacks
  • 2 – bags of hard candy

Use your imagination!  They will love it! But do remember to bring 2 of the same item/items!  Please leave in Jayne’s office by August 10th!


National Night Out

This is a free event sponsored by the Coffeyville Police Department on Tuesday, August 7th – 5:30 to 8 pm at the Coffeyville Aquatic Center.  Everyone is invited!


August Birthdays

  • Joni Toney
  • Carrie Traxson
  • Lacey Kriebel

6         John Rucker

9         Ashley Rutherford

10       Jerald Medsker

11       Georgia Medsker

14       Keith Osborn

15       Reola Mansfield

20       Kiera Rook

25       Donnie Splechter

29       Micah Elrod

31       Joan Barg


August Anniversaries

 1         Kevin & Jessica Rucker

15           Greg & Julie Traxson



Don’t forget the baby shower next Saturday, August 4th from 2 to 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall for Baby Emmett Paul Traxson and his parents, Connor and Julia Traxson.  They are registered at amazon.com and grovia.com.  Also, please bring a children’s book – can be either new or gently used – in place of a card.  Be sure to write inside the front cover who the book is from and why it was chosen.  

A Moment with Mike

While on our family vacation this year we passed through the locations of 2 large wildfires that took place earlier in Colorado this summer.   In fact, on our way out we were stuck in Durango overnight because heavy rains caused multiple mudslides on Hwy 550.  It was quite the experience as we travelled up the mountain to see mud rushing down the side of the mountain ahead of us and across the highway like rushing flooded water.  We pulled over to watch this occur not realizing the possible danger we were in. By the time the firemen turned us back we had to drive through a smaller, but still alarming mudslide to return to Durango.

Earlier that same day we travelled through La Veta Pass and saw a few homes that were destroyed, only the chimneys remained.   It was really sad but also surprising to see how many homes they did actually save.   The firefighters are really good at their jobs and according to all the signs posted everywhere, much appreciated.

On the way home, while passing through the La Veta pass area again, Andrew read to us the most recent news article about the fire.   The article talked about having the man in custody who started the fire in that area.  He was charged with, something like, 147 counts of arson.  He originally said he was just trying to burn a little trash while camping.  But later changed his story to trying to cook meat.  He is 52 yrs. old.

That is about my age.  It got me thinking how easy a fire like that could get started.  And even if you didn’t mean for all the destruction to take place, how quickly it can snowball.  How quickly a life can go from enjoying a vacation with family to being guilty of destroying so many dreams and possible life sentence in jail.

Sin has the same potential to destroy as in the above events.  We know we should not do it, but we always reason with ourselves that we can handle it and keep it from getting out of control.   But often it does get out of hand and begins to spread quickly into the lives around us.   If only we knew the after effects it would cause we wouldn’t ever dream of doing it.  In fact, I believe we wouldn’t even feel the temptation to do so.  

The Bible says so much about this.  Here is one of my favorite verses, admonishing us to protect our hearts from such destruction.   

Proverbs 4:23 (ESV)
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Remember, God has a new burn ban.  Protect your heart from such destruction.  Because by doing so you are literally protecting those around you as well.    



New Sunday School Class

Coming in August, Jon and Susan Howard will be starting a Sunday school class for young adults.  Talk to Jon or Susan for more information, and be watching the Sunday bulletin for more information!


Mission Minded

By Sean Rook

He died!

 Jayne and I were driving to camp last night discussing a number of topics.   Who did Christ die for came up.  See it is really easy for us to decide that he died for Christians or those who are saved, He himself said that the healthy do not need a doctor.  The righteous do not need to make sacrifices.  The notion that Christ died for me is great until it becomes he did it for me and my sins and his death was worth it because I accepted him. 

The deeper part of this is that He died for everyone’s sin.  Not just the righteous (there are none righteous, all have sinned).  He died for those who would not hear his voice, he died for those who would hear the calling and not accept.  He died for those who heard, accepted and then rejected Him.   If that does not change our perspective – let me share this with you.

A couple of years ago in Haiti; we were working with high school kids at a rally.  One of the young ladies asked me a question.   She wanted to know if it is a sin to commit suicide.   Before answering her I needed some more information.  So Antoosly (our new pastor in Haiti) continued the discussion with the her.  She changed her question to;”Is it a sin to commit suicide to help someone else?”  My thought was OK, that is a completely different question.

What went through my mind was, someone has already done that, Jesus.  And while not technically suicide, he certainly had the ability to stop anyone who tried to take his life. There is also a quote, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Antoosly and I dug a little deeper and came to understand that this girl’s mother was dying and would not survive without a heart transplant.  This young girl (no more than 20) so loved her mother that she was willing to commit suicide so that her mother could have her heart.  We reasoned with her that the love she felt for her mother was obviously deep, her mother would not want her to do that.  Her mother would want her to live her life so that it shined and brought life to others.  

So, we know that Christ died for us because the Father and He loved us without reservation; loved all knowing that many would not accept the gift, some would scorn the gift, some would do all they could to discredit the gift but that many would accept the gift and understand the love and life that was meant to be. Our life in Christ should be done with the same love that He showed us, be willing to share the gospel message with all those we come in contact with, even though some will not accept the gift of freedom from sin and a life everlasting.  There will be some that will, and they are worth the effort.  If Christ died for ALL even the unrepentant, then we should do all we can to find those who might come to salvation through Him.





J.O.Y. Group

J.O.Y. stands for Just Older Youth. This lively group meets the first and third Thursday of every month in Fellowship Hall for a pot luck meal at 2 p.m. After the meal, everyone joins in for a rousing game of dominoes! They are always looking for new members to join in the fun! If you’re in the “Older Youth” crowd and would like to participate, contact the church office for more information.




King’s Kids

Children ages 1st through 6th Grade meet every Wednesday from September through April. Join them at 6 p.m. for a light meal, an activity and a study from the Bible. Special activity nights are planned throughout the year including a Harvest Party, Christmas Party, Skating Party, and more! Please contact the church office for more information.


Youth Group

Jr. High & High School Youth meet Sunday nights at 6 p.m. for a devotion and then crazy, fun games & activities! Fund raisers are planned throughout the year to help pay for the trips to Ozark Christian College, various camps, ball games, Christ in Youth Conferences and other road trips. For more information, contact our Youth Minister, Matthew Frech. 

Creativity In Action Team
The CIA is a group of women who think outside of the box to minister to those who are hurting, healing or who just need some tender loving care. Meetings are called once or twice a month on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. All it takes to be a part of this ministry is a willing heart and the gift of sharing the Love of Jesus! If you are interested in joining the CIA, please contact Tonya Kriebel through the church office: 620-251-6770. 


Graceful Giving Ministry

The newest ministry at WCC is the GGM. After a trip to Haiti, Pastor Mike brought a sample kit for that contains items necessary for the monthly cycle of women. In many cases, women in third-world countries do not have or cannot afford the sanitary products we have in the states. The ladies of GGM assemble these kits from reusable materials. If you have the gift of sewing or you would like to help in other ways to assemble the kits, please contact Cherie Thomas (her number is available at the church office).


Love Meals

When someone in the family has passed away, is in the hospital, going through medical treatments or when a new baby has arrived and fixing a meal is the last thing you want to think about; our Love Meal Ladies are always ready to step in to provide the nourishment to help keep your family going. There are no meetings required to be involved in this ministry. Just let our meal organizers know you would like to help and you’ll get a call the next time a meal is needed. For more information, call the church office. 



Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Board of Elders at Westside Christian Church:

M.R. Hershey:

Sean K. Rook:

Greg Traxson:


Staff at Westside:

Mike Elrod, Example Setter for Christ

Mike sees himself as a follower of Christ who has
been called to set an example for others. He
believes he is only capable of leading others
because he is being led himself (I Cor. 11:1).
Mike is a graduate of Ozark Christian College in
Joplin, MO. He has been pastor at Westside since
February 2000. Mike and his wife Laurie have four
beautiful children. You can reach Pastor Mike by the
email link or by calling the office.
Matthew Frech, Worship/ Youth Minister
Matthew attended Ozark Christian College, graduating
with a Bachelor of Music and Worship in 2016. He
joined the Westside family in January 2016 as the
part-time worship minister, and came on full-time upon
his graduation that May. In February 2017 he began
leading the Junior High/ High School youth. He also
helps lead the children’s programming on Wednesday
nights. Matthew enjoys playing any instrument he can
get his hands on, playing Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf,
and loves teaching people the Word of God.
Jayne Rook, Ministries Coordinator
Jayne has been serving at Westside since 2001. Her main
responsibilities are to provide support to staff and leadership
as well as others who serve and worship at Westside. Jayne
and her husband, Sean, have been married since July 1989, 
and they have one daughter, Kiera. They enjoy traveling
and serving others in the mission field.
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Contact Info:

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday
9AM to Noon
Church Address: 
402 N. Ohio
Coffeyville, Kansas 67337

Church Phone:

 (620) 251-6770


Pastor – Mike Elrod

  • mike@westsidecc.kscoxmail.com

Ministry Coordinator – Jayne Rook

  • jayne@westsidecc.kscoxmail.com
Worship Minister / Youth Minister – Matthew Frech
  • mfrech93@gmail.com