Who Are We

WestK is a church for everyone, located in the Kalamazoo area. Whether you are just checking out the Christian faith or are a devoted follower of Jesus, our goal is to create an environment where you can experience the presence of God in a life-transforming way, to build connection, and do life together. People from every walk of life and place on their spiritual journey have found a home at WestK and we hope you will too.

Our Vision

      Our vision for WestK is to do life together as we walk faithfully in relationship with God. In other words we seek to be the church God has called and equipped us to be. We do this by inviting those who are far from God to come to know Him, to connect with other followers of Jesus Christ, and to discover God's purpose for us.  

Our History

West Kalamazoo Christian Church started in 1978 when ten families from Oakland Drive Church of Christ began to meet together as a new church family. The small congergation met at Western Michigan University for one year, then moved worship services to Westwood School for the next three years. At that point, construction was finished at the current property on Drake Road and first service was held in the new building on October 23 1982. The church continued to grow in numbers, and new additions were added to the building in 1985 and 1991. The final addition was added in April of 2003 and included a gym, a larger kitchen, several classrooms and new office spaces. 

What We Believe

The Bible is the authoritative source of teaching and instructions from God about Himself and is the only reliable guide for life. All that we believe and do should be based on it. As a Bible-based church, we center our practices and structure as much as practical on the ways of the early Christians, as reflected in the New Testament, while striving to demonstrate the church’s relevance in a changing world.

God is the creator and sustainer of all things, and is three distinct persons in one. God the Father is holy, just, loving, and the universal standard for what is pure and right; our sins grieve and anger Him. He is the ultimate Judge of humanity.

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the one and only Savior of humanity. He came to earth, miraculously born of a virgin, God in human form, so He could personally identify with our struggles. He is the only person to have never sinned, making Him the only one qualified to be a reconciling “bridge” between people and God the Father, and our only hope for attaining eternal life. He died on the cross, rose from the dead three days later, and ascended to heaven where he now governs the world by his power. He is our advocate before God.

The Holy Spirit is God the Spirit, a mediator between Christians, the Father and Jesus. Sent to help us understand God’s ways, the Spirit works in the lives of Christians to produce godly character. He helps us to understand spiritual truths and overcome temptation, assists our prayer life, and testifies to God regarding our life.

People are special creations of God. Each person has God’s image ‘stamped’ on his or her soul from conception. Created to glorify and enjoy God, each person is separated from Him by sin and is in need of forgiveness. God loves us so much that He sent His Son Jesus as a sacrifice for our sin. 

Salvation is how people are reconciled to God. Jesus, through His death and resurrection, is the only way for our sins to be forgiven. We can’t earn salvation, it is a free gift from God, available only through Jesus; like any gift, we must choose to receive it. We receive forgiveness for our sins and the gift of eternal life by faith in Christ, demonstrated by confessing Jesus as the Son of God and as our Savior and Lord, repentance (acknowledging and turning away from sin), and baptism by immersion “into Christ.” Our salvation is shown as we grow more like Jesus over the course of our lives. 

Staff & Leadership

  • Michael Dafoe


    Michael joined the West K staff in March of 2019.  He has previously served at churches in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.  He has served as a Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor doing a variety of things within ministry and the church.  Michael is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education and Bible.  Michael is originally from Ohio.  He is and he is an avid sports fan and enjoys both watching and playing a variety of sports and cheering for the Michigan Wolverines.  He and his wife Briana also enjoy traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Michael is married to Briana and they are excepting their first baby in July of 2019.  Michael and Briana are excited to join the community here at West K and be part of the ministry that is taking place here in Kalamazoo.

    Email: Michael@Westk.org

  • Mike Ashley

    Worship/Youth Director

    Mike attended Great Lakes Christian College while serving at Potterville United Methodist Church as their part-time youth director. After serving their for 4 years Mike joined Radiant Richland in a church plant heading to Ann Arbor MI. For 5 years Mike served as the Worship Arts Director and Assistant Youth Director building the church from just the 13 core team to almost 300 church partners. Mike recently has moved back to Kalamazoo to be closer to family and continue serving the Lord here at WestK. Mike and his wife Ashley and daughters Zoey and Mackenzie. Mike loves WestK and can't wait to minister to the people of Kalamazoo. 

    Email: Mike@Westk.org

  • Megan Start

    Children Ministry Director

    Megan and her husband Caleb have been attending WestK since 2012, they are raising a family in south Portage. Since starting here at WestK they have added three beautiful kids to their family; Uriah, Lucy, and Joy. Megan has been working with children for many years and has a bachelors in secondary education from WMU. Megan has served as a elementary teacher, nursery worker, youth leader, life group leader, andthen joined our staff in March of 2017. Megan enjoys watching movies, playing board games, and spending time with friends and family. 

    Email: Megan@Westk.org



    Sue started at WestK as the office manager in 2008. Sue is also in charge of our First Impressions team that is responsible for greeting new people on a Sunday morning . She and her husband, Chris, have 2  adult children: Allison and Adam. Sue enjoys gardening and playing the guitar.

    Email: secretary@westk.org


    • Chris Golland

      Chris was born in the cereal capitol of the world and raised not far away. Leaving college he moved to the gulf shores of Mississippi. He returned to Michigan 10 years later with his wife of now 30 years Teresa and their daughter Chrystal and son Denn. "When the children began to say 'fixin' & 'ya all', we knew it was time to move".

      Chris and his family have been attending WKCC for over 22 years where he has consistently participated in and lead many areas of ministry, "children and youth are my passion, leadership is my responsibility."

      Chris and Teresa have two grandsons, Brayden and Cameron both are God's blessings and provide endless hours of laughter.

      Chris enjoys all contact sports including competitive eating and is most content when outdoors being chased by something.


    • Michael O'Herian

      Michael grew up in southwest Michigan. He is married and he and Corinne raised their three children near Plainwell. Michael and his family have been part of the West K family for many years. He has been involved in the children's ministry, youth programs, leadership, and small groups.

      Michael enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and horse events.