On July 12th Westwood called Derrick Arellano as our Associate Pastor for Music and Worship. Derrick is a graduate of the Baylor University School of Music and brings more than a decade of experience serving churches in Texas. Derrick’s model for ministry has encouraged full congregational participation through a blended worship style using hymns, both familiar and new, and the use of new worship music found on the CCLI top 100. He has coordinated opportunities to include members of our congregation in the reading of scripture, times of prayer, ministry updates and announcements and the giving testimonies in worship services. He recruited vocal and instrumental soloists and small ensembles to provide special music on an ongoing weekly basis. He also provided leadership, support, and direction to choir members, instrumental musicians, and audio visual team members as they led weekly worship experiences together. He is focused on providing meaningful worship experiences for weekly services, community outreach, and special events to uplift, encourage and engage our congregation in multi-generational worship and reach the community around us. Derrick is a great addition to our ministry team.