Senior Vice President & Founder; Board Member
Becki West co-founded KidZ at Heart International with her husband, Gordon, in January 2003. Becki serves as a member of the Board of Directors and as Senior Vice President of the staff.
Becki has an M.A. in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona, as well as a B.A. from UCLA. She has over 35 years of experience teaching in both the church and public schools in California, Colorado, and Arizona. She has served alongside Gordon in children's ministry in several local churches both in volunteer and paid capacities.
Gordon and Becki have served as freelance consultants for both Gospel Light and Group Publishing for many years. The Wests are prolific authors, having co-authored several books, including Quick Guide to Discipline for Children’s Ministry, Discipline Guide for Children’s Ministry, and Smart Pages for Preteen Ministry. They are frequent contributors to professional periodicals, including Children’s Ministry Magazine and K Magazine.
The Wests are popular conference speakers and trainers. Gordon has trained and encouraged thousands of children's leaders across North America and around the world in his passionate effort to equip people to reach and teach kids for Christ within their own culture.
Gordon & Becki have been in ministry together since before their marriage in 1981, and they reside in Mesa, Arizona. They have three adult children, Zech & Ashley Hargrave and Emily West.
January 2020 is a month for contemplation. KidZ at Heart ended 2019 knowing the presence of God’s love and grace as he walked with us through the most difficult of our 17 years as a ministry. He brought us into 2020 refreshed and blessed. And God is continuing to grow KidZ at Heart and to deepen the ministry’s impact around the world.
We now enter a new year with anticipation about what God has ahead for us.
The Board of Directors of KidZ at Heart will gather in person this month to expectantly seek God’s heart for the future of the ministry. [...]
One of the real joys of my position with KidZ at Heart is the privilege of meeting with our global community members who join the community as givers. As we enter a critical time of year for any non-profit ministry’s financial health, I have enjoyed reflecting on the responses I have already received in the past few weeks from those who have stretched to launch our $110,000 year-end campaign with a $70,000 challenge fund to encourage others to join in what God is doing.
One donor said, “We work to make money so [...]