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.
At age 12, God called Carolina, a young woman in El Salvador eager to serve. She responded by assisting her Sunday school teacher but was soon leading a Vacation Bible School class on her own. Since that time, Carolina’s passion to teach children and connect them with a great God has grown her leadership and influence to impact many in her country. KidZ at Heart is blessed to have her as part of our staff community and delighted to highlight her work in El Salvador as the focus of our spring campaign: From the Inside Out!
The board and staff of KidZ at Heart International is delighted to welcome Paige Kolb and SureFire Prayer to our global Christian community. As the rich suite of resources and dynamic leaders of SureFire Prayer are grafted into KidZ at Heart, we will be better prepared than ever before to train, partner with, and mobilize networks of leaders to help kids fall deeply in love with Jesus!
Like any partnership, this one came together based on shared passion, vision, and style, with both ministries being able to gain much in the blending. KidZ and SureFire are both primarily [...]