Tom Ogburn became Senior Pastor for Westwood Baptist Church on September 30, 2018. Before coming to Westwood Tom served as pastor for congregations in Knoxville, Tennessee and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Tom also spent a decade as a missionary and as a part of the missions staff for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Tom is a graduate of Campbell University (B.S.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University (D.Min.). Tom shares a history with Westwood, serving as its church planter and first pastor, however he is more excited about the future he and the church have together in ministry.
Tom has been married to Beth for over 30 years and remains thrilled that she said “yes” those many years ago. They are grateful for their family. They have a son, Aaron. He and his wife, Grace, serve as missionaries with Pioneer Bible Translators. They also have a daughter, Elizabeth, who along with her husband, Jackson Henry, live and work in Texas. Beth is an ordained minister and works as a Lifestyle Coordinator for Elite Management Company.
Tom is trying to grow his skills in the kitchen and has discovered a love for fly-fishing. He has a passion for books and a love for history. He also has a ridiculously large collection of elephants from across the globe. Tom and Beth enjoy spending time with people, hearing their life story.
Associate Pastor for Adult Discipleship and Facilities
Keith Vaughn joined the Westwood family as Associate Pastor in June of 2009. He now serves as Associate Pastor of Adult Discipleship and Facilities since 2019.
Keith grew up in Central Florida, but he and his wife Teresa have lived in North Carolina since 1991 where he has served four churches including Westwood. He and Teresa have been married for over 30 years and have two adult sons, Nicholas and Joshua.
Nic works for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Parking and Transportation Services and he serves in the North Carolina National Guard. Nic and his wife, Bethany, were married in 2019. Josh is a junior majoring in business management at UNCC.
Keith has degrees from Stetson University (BA), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Campbell University Divinity School (D.Min.). He has a passion for congregational teaching and training, and his mission is to assist and nurture Westwood’s members to become disciples who make disciples. He also ensures the facility is a great place for worship, fellowship, discipleship, and community gatherings.
Keith loves reading books for relaxation and for his field of work at Westwood. He collects Batman memorabilia, loves watching movies and old cartoons, is an avid Andy Griffith Show fanatic, and follows his beloved Florida State Seminoles in all sports.
Associate Pastor for Music and Worship
Derrick Arellano recently joined Westwood as the Associate Pastor of Music and Worship in August of 2020. Derrick and his family moved here from Lorena, a suburb just south of Waco,TX. Together they are enjoying the beauty of the area and discovering daily how warm the people are here in the Triangle.
Derrick was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. He still goes back from time to time to visit his parents. After graduation he went on to study engineering and Texas A&M for two years and then transferred to Baylor University to pursue his passion for music.
The love of his life is Brooke. They met in college as dance partners in a show choir called “Showtime!” at Baylor University and have been dance partners ever since. Confident in the future God had planned for them, Derrick proposed to Brooke the night of Y2K on the San Antonio riverwalk. She accepted and they celebrated as fireworks exploded around them. They were married just months later with a multitude of family and friends in attendance on a beach under a gazebo in Cancún, Mexico in the fall of 2000.
They are so grateful to God for their two children, Anson and Alayna. Anson is a student at Texas A&M University pursuing a degree in kinesiology and sports science and works for Texas A&M Athletics in support of the football team. He has plans to pursue graduate studies and a career in physical therapy. Alayna attends Apex High School. She enjoys musical theater, volleyball, music, and spending time with friends. She aspires to study veterinary medicine and follow her brother to study at Texas A&M.
Derrick graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music in Applied Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance studies. Prior to coming to Westwood, Derrick served church music ministries in Lewisville, Hillsboro, and Lorena,TX. He answered a call to ministry 2010 and has been serving the Lord with gladness ever since. Prior to ministry, Derrick worked as a sales manager, corporate trainer, and marketing manager in Dallas,TX.
Derrick has sung and travelled with choirs all his life and also enjoys singing in quartets and small ensembles with family and friends. He enjoys playing and watching sports of all kinds but especially enjoys playing basketball, volleyball, and disc golf. Derrick and Brooke enjoy leading in worship and enjoy sharing time and talent in ministry together.
Associate Pastor for Family Ministries
Micayla Neill was called as Associate Pastor for Family Ministries on August 30, 2020. Prior to serving at Westwood, Micayla served in a variety of roles both in youth camp ministry and congregational settings in North Carolina.
Micayla is a graduate of North Carolina State University (B.S.) and Campbell University Divinity School (M.Div.). While in college, Micayla was a part of the BeDoTell Team through the Baptist State Convention of NC, where she served as program staff for youth camp for three summers at Fort Caswell. During divinity school, Micayla continued growing in her call to ministry by serving as a mentor to teenage scholars at Campbell Youth Theological Institute. She also served in a variety of roles in a local church near Campbell. Micayla is excited to continue following God’s call on her life by serving and growing in ministry at Westwood.
Micayla is from rural Stokes County, NC, where she grew up literally surrounded by both her immediate and extended family. Micayla is married to her best friend, Erik, who she met while they were both serving at Caswell. Erik and Micayla love animals: they have a highly spoiled rescue chi-weenie named Cassie and two sassy rabbits named Daisy and Babbitty.
In her free time, Micayla enjoys reading, writing, coloring, running 5ks, and spending time outdoors. She has an extensive collection of shoes and colorful ink pens. Micayla has a special love for all things Disney – not only did she grow up creating memories with her family at Walt Disney World, but she also spent a semester on the Disney College Program making magic as a Photopass Photographer on Main Street, U.S.A.
Family Ministries Intern
Amanda Allard is a senior at Campbell University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Christian Studies as well as an interest in pursuing her Masters of Divinity at Campbell University.
She has been a part of Westwood Baptist Church her entire life, being an active member in the youth group and missions. Amanda has always been actively involved in the Children’s ministry since high school. She joined our staff as a Ministry Intern with a focus on children in June 2019, and began serving as the Interim Children’s Ministry Coordinator on April 1, 2020. Westwood has always felt like a home away from home for her, and she enjoys being able to work with such a loving and welcoming community.
Charles is from Wilmington, North Carolina where he graduated from New Hanover High. He holds degrees from Mars Hill College, Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He and his wife Gloria served as Missionaries to Brazil for 14 years. Rev. Allard served as Pastor at Westwood from 1995 to 2008. He led the church through two building campaigns and shepherded Westwood through its greatest season of growth. He has had a lasting impact on the life and ministry of the church. In addition to Westwood, Rev. Allard has held North Carolina Pastorates in Bailey, Salisbury, Boone, and Morehead City, and interim positions in Wallace and Clinton. He and Gloria have 3 grown children and 4 Grandchildren. The Allards live in Apex, NC.
Jennifer Watkins joined the Westwood Baptist staff as Secretary/Receptionist in April 2015. She lives in Willow Spring with her two children Johnathan and Jenna.
Jennifer is also a preacher’s daughter. Her deceased father, Rev. John Shelton, died in 1995 while serving as pastor of Inwood Baptist in Raleigh. Also, Jennifer’s 10-year-old daughter is a cancer survivor of 8 years. She was diagnosed at age 1 with Neuroblastoma, but praise God Jenna has been cancer free for 8 years. Jennifer attends The Summit Church of Garner. Jennifer enjoys staying active with working out and running and loves being outdoors and especially at the beach.
Marilyn has a passion and love of gospel and church music and serving the Lord playing the organ. She felt the call of serving the Lord in this capacity at a young age and has been serving for many years.
She has served in various churches in the music ministry and has been blessed by the opportunities to serve and play the organ. She and her husband Chris have been a part of Westwood Baptist Church since January 2019.
Irem joined the Westwood community in March, following her move back to Raleigh from Asheville. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from East Carolina University.
Before Westwood, she served in churches as music director and accompanist in Asheville and Greenville.
When Anna became Hostess for Westwood Baptist Church it was a calling for her. She joined the staff in 2006 and has found it a joy to serve this church family.
Anna has been married to John since 1993. Together they share 7 children, 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren . Anna has been a part of Westwood since 1991. She boldly proclaims; “it’s the best loving church ever”. When asked about her role at the church she shares, “It is the love of my heart to cook and see how God works it out. I love to see people eat and enjoy eating.”