Who We Are

What kind of church are we?

Normally when you ask that kind of question, the response is a theological, denominational, missional, or organizational one. On the surface you would say we are a Baptist Church. You might note our relationship with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, CBFNC, the Raleigh Baptist Association. You could speak to who we are in connection with Baptists on Mission, WMU or one of our other mission focused relationships. All of these answers would be true, but there is more to our story.

Westwood’s mission statement proclaims; “We are a community of believers worshiping God, making disciples, and sharing Christ’s love.”

The language of the mission statement was carefully chosen and speaks what calls Westwood to live uniquely into our mission as a people of faith in and for our community. As you wander through our website you will discover we are called to be a community of faith, claiming our faith in Christ, as what defines us together. You will discover that the sense of community we find together calls us to be a good neighbor. You will see that on display in the CONNECT section of our website, where we introduce you to ministry partners and congregational initiatives that are purposeful community focused. In the WORSHIP section you will see how we are trying to live out our call to worship God with heart and purpose. In the MINISTRIES section you will learn what we are doing to grow as disciples and to help make disciples. In the SERVE section you will see what we are doing to share Christ’s love in word and deed.

So who we are cannot be captured in a single sentence, but rather is experienced as we live out our faith, live into our mission, and seek to love one another and our community through Jesus Christ.

Our Story

In the spring of 1989 over 10,000 phone calls were made by volunteers seeking persons who might be interested in a Baptist Church in the West Cary area. Over 1,000 persons said that they would be interested.

Five churches made financial commitments to help establish a church in West Cary, which would become Westwood Chapel: Greenwood Forest was the church of record, along with Woodhaven, Good Hope, and Collins Grove with Salem, Ephesus Baptist churches offering prayer support.

Westwood Baptist Chapel with facilities located on the corner of Old Apex Road and High House Road held its first worship service on April 15, 1990, Tom Ogburn of Raleigh as pastor.

September 20, 1992, Westwood constituted as a church with 52 members, with a new constitution and newly elected Deacons body.

The church’s first deacons were: Cindy Bolden, Kelly Cartwright, Ronnie Cross, Carolyn Hopkins, Ruth Revelle as the alternate.

In 1993 the church purchased 12 acres of land from SAS Corporation on High House Road to build its second facility.

Tom and Beth Ogburn sensed the call of God to missions and were appointed as missionaries to Thailand in 1994.

January 1, 1995, Westwood welcomed its second pastor Rev. J. Charles Allard, coming from First Baptist Church, Morehead City.

Groundbreaking for the High House facilities was held on February 25, 1996, with guest speakers Luther Brewer, Tony Cartledge, Harvey Duke, Charles Allard, Karen Whitaker, Greenwood Forest, Woodhaven, Cary First, Westwood and Genesis Methodists’ and Stephen Edwards representing St. Michael Catholic Church. Dr. Roger Nix, Dr. Roy J. Smith, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention along with R.G. Puckett editor of the Biblical Recorder, and. Koka Booth, Mayor of Cary.

The church was able to hold the first worship service in the 7,000 sq. ft. facilities on High House Road in November of 1996. The church soon realized that the sanctuary, with a seating capacity of 200, was too small for one service, so the church began to have two worship services in 2001. Then in 2002, there was a need to have two Sunday School hours.

On April 14, 2002, the Building and Planning committee recommended that the church accept the offer of St. Michael Catholic Church, a neighbor church of Westwood on High House Road, to buy the church building and land for $2,500,000. The committee also recommended purchasing 11 acres on Westhigh Street for $953,000.

The church voted on October 13, 2002, to enter into a contractual agreement with Steel Dynamics and subcontractors to build the new church facility as designed up to $5,000,000.00.

Groundbreaking for the new facility on Westhigh was held on October 20, 2002, with Dr. Roger Nix, Dr. Tony Cartledge, and Rev. Allard as speakers.

In September 2003 the church called Mike Eddinger as associate pastor. On September 21, 2003, the church voted on The Westwood Mission Statement: “A community of believers worshipping God, making disciples, and sharing Christ’s love”.

Michelle Ayers Anderson was called as Minister to Youth in May 2004.

Westwood celebrated baptism and worship services in the new sanctuary on June 20, 2004. The 48,507 sq. ft. facility is being used to share God’s love in Cary. Rev. Mike Eddinger became the first minister ordained to the gospel ministry by Westwood in July 2004.

List of Paid Ministerial Staff Beginning When the Church Was Constituted on September 20, 1992:
  • Rev. Tom Ogburn, Pastor, 1992-1994
  • Dr. Mike Cogdill, Interim Pastor, April 1994 – December 1994
  • Rev. Charles Allard, Pastor, January 1995 – January 2008
  • Patti Parker, Minister of Youth, May 2001 – April 2003
  • Rev. Mike Eddinger, Associate Pastor, September 2003 – October 2008
  • Rev. Phil Stone, Minister of Music, September 2000 – March 2006
  • Michelle Anderson, Minister of Youth, May 2004 – March 2020
  • Rev. Caroline Allen, Minister of Music & Worship, March 2006 –November 2014
  • Dr. Dennis Bazemore, Interim Pastor, January 2008 – October 2008
  • Rev. Mike Eddinger, Pastor, October 2008 – January 2015
  • Dr. Keith Vaughn, Associate Pastor, June 2009 – present
  • Rev. Charles Allard, Pastor Emeritus, April 2010 -present
  • Suzette Mason, Minister of Children, March 2014-February 2016
  • Dr. Steve Bolton, Transitional Pastor, January 2016-October 2016
  • Rev. Lee Webb, Interim Minister of Music and Worship, March 2016-April 2017
  • Catherine Hammer, Pianist, August 2016-August 2017
  • Dr. Richard Childress, International Interim Pastor, October 2016-September 2018
  • Patti Lingafelt, Interim Minister of Music and Worship, May 2017-February 2018
  • Dr. Chris Haire, Interim Minister of Music and Worship, March 2018 -June 2019
  • David Billowus, Pianist, August 2018-December 2020
  • Dr. Tom Ogburn, Pastor, October 2018 to March 2023
  • Rev. Larry Ballard, Interim Minister of Music and Worship, September 2019-July 2020
  • Amanda Allard, Summer Children’s Intern, June – August 2019
  • Jacob Coley, Summer Youth Intern, June-August 2019
  • Derrick Arellano, Associate Pastor for Music and Worship, July 2020-Present
  • Micayla Neill, Associate Pastor for Family Ministries, August 2020-July 2021
  • Irem Ozay, Pianist, March 2021-October 2022
  • Amanda Allard, Children’s Minister, October 2021- present
  • Matt & Taylor Miskel, Interim Youth Minister (part-time), October 2021 -February 2022
  • Rev. Taylor Miskel, Interim Youth Minister, August 2022 – December 2022
  • Rev. Taylor Miskel, Associate Pastor for Youth, January 2023- present
  • Rev. L. Jack Glasgow, Interim Pastor, May 2023- present