Westwood Christian Community

Becoming a Community to Reach Our Community



Pastor Colby and his wife Sharon came to Westwood Christian Community in March of 1992.  This year they celebrated 44 years of marriage, and 43 years of pastoral ministry.  Their family includes three adult children -  Their Son Brent and his wife Bria who are serving at the Continental Theological Seminary and missionaries in Brussels, Belgium (Their children include daughter - Adele' Claire and sons - Oliver Thomas, Owen Robert and their youngest, Madeline Lois).  Their daughter Bethany and her husband Tyler live in Prosper, Texas. (Their family includes sons - Gavin Tyler, Kian Andrew, and daughter, Audrey Nicole.) and their youngest daughter, Breanne and her husband Jesse are currently serving as missionaries in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  (Their children include - daughter Eden Hazel and sons, Rhys Leander and Coen Colby!)  That's 10 wonderful grandchildren!  

Pastor Colby and Sharon were both educated and raised in the south Seattle area.  Pastor Colby graduated from Highline Community College in 1977 with an emphasis in musical Theater and Speech/Communications.  In 1980 received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwest University of the Assemblies of God in Kirkland, Washington with a major in Biblical Literature and a minor in Communications.  Since graduation and prior to their pastorate at Westwood Christian Community, the Colby’s served in three growing churches in the state of Washington.  (Tri-County Christian Center in Deer Park, Neighborhood Church in Tacoma, and Toledo New Life Assembly in Toledo, Washington.) Currently, Sharon serves as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of the Highline School District. 

The Colbys enjoy all kinds of theater, especially musical theater, scuba diving, their grandchildren and spending as much time as they can with their loud and crazy family, and always counting down the days until Christmas!!!

After forty-three years of ministerial experience, the Colby’s provide encouraging leadership to the local church.  Pastor Colby communicates a clear sense of vision and brings a great deal of encouragement to the family of God at Westwood Christian Community.  Pastor Tom and Sharon’s ministry passions include loving and encouraging the Body of Christ. They have a vision to impact and reach our Southwest Seattle communities with the Good News of the Gospel.  A family focused ministry has always been important to the Colby’s, including ministry to Children, marriage and family focus, and Discipleship training. The Colby's also are privileged to serve as Northwest Ministry Network Elders serving Assembly of God pastors in the Pacific Northwest.  

In all that we do, Westwood Christian Community exists to lead people into a deeper ENCOUNTER with God, and to be ENCOURAGED by the Word of God and each other, and last, to become ENGAGED as an active participant in ministry.  We are actively "Building a Community to Change Our Community". Pastor Colby is an incurable optimist who has a heart that cheers believers on in their faith journey!  One of his favorite verses is in Hebrews 12:1 where we are reminded of the seasoned crowd of Old and New Testament heroes of the faith, who by their example, are cheering us on in our faith journey!  As believers, we are to do the same for one another today!  One of the great characters of the New Testament – that often gets little attention is Barnabas – whose name means “Son of Encouragement” – That’s the heart of this leadership.  That’s why Pastors Tom and Sharon Colby continue “Cheering from our Balcony!”

Joyce and Ron Rice became part of the Westwood church family in June 2018.
Joyce is our Worship Ministries Director, overseeing and planning the weekly music worship time, designing three to four Nights of Worship each year and working with team members on music for special occasions and events.  She brings over 30 years of experience leading and planning music worship, directing children and adult choirs, leading and planning Christmas programs and participating personally in music groups of all sizes. 
Joyce graduated from Northwest University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a double minor in Bible Literature and Counseling.  She and Ron have been married almost 23 years and live in Mountlake Terrace.  Ron is an active ministry partner here at WCC, assisting with the sound and media ministry.
Joyce’s passion as a worship leader and minister is reflected in Isaiah 61.  “…To proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners be freed…to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor is come…to give beauty for ashes and joy instead of mourning.”  “I believe our worship connects us to God just like the “beloveds” connected in the book of Solomon. And as we worship we express our love for Him and our lives are changed by being face to face with our Savior.”

Larry and Patty Hassler have attended Westwood Christian Community since the late 1980's, and became members in 1998. Patty assumed the role of bookkeeper for WCC in 2004 and has faithfully served in that role over the past 18 years.    Patty is also a graduate from the University of Washington where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1982.  Patty is such a joy to work with, she is a woman of faith and prayer and graciously manages the bookkeeping of the church with great integrity and excellence. 

Board of Deacons
Cris Crisler
Larry Smith
Josh Graves
Ron Rice