Gordon D. West
President & Founder; Board Member
Gordon West co-founded KidZ at Heart International with his wife, Becki, in January 2003. In his role as President, Gordon serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and as CEO of the staff.
Gordon has a B.A. from UCLA and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Denver Seminary. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Phoenix Seminary. Gordon brings to KidZ at Heart more than 20 years of experience as a local church pastor to children and families. Most recently, he was the Children's Pastor at Red Mountain Community Church (Mesa, AZ) which helped launch KidZ at Heart International.
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. They reside in Mesa, Arizona. They have three adult children, Zech & Ashley Hargrave and Emily West.
Recently, we visited the growing KidZ at Heart team in El Salvador to conduct KidZ at Heart’s Great Trainers Summit, our training of trainers. While traveling in-country, we saw churches everywhere which helped us see why El Salvador considers itself to be a Christian country. Jesus has been proclaimed there for many years, yet we were saddened to hear the results of a recent survey.
This study revealed that 54.9% of all inmates currently in the prisons of El Salvador came from Evangelical Christian homes and an additional 17.6% from Catholic homes. Something must be changed!
This was a year of continuing to listen for and cooperate with God’s priorities for KidZ at Heart. To the best of our ability, our staff and board gathers regularly for a variety of spiritual practices, where we attempt to create space to be with and listen to God as a ministry team. You might think of it as creating a Tabernacle experience where we can spend time with God personally.
As we continued to follow those practices together in 2018, we saw God bring new people, new projects, and new clarity about what he has planned for KidZ at Heart [...]