On Sunday, June 16, the congregation voted overwhelmingly to call the Rev. Dr. Christine (Chris) Chakoian to be our next Pastor/Head of Staff and lead us in the ways of Christ. Chris will begin her ministry among us on Monday, August 19. Please be praying for her and her husband Dr. John Shustitzky as they make their way west from Chicago.
A Message From Chris:
I am excited to be called to serve at Westwood Presbyterian Church. There are so many wonderful gifts that are evidenced here, including worship that is awe-filled, thoughtful, transformative, and genuine; theology that is Scripturally-based, curious about God’s unfolding work, inclusive of varying perspectives; mission that is compassionate, practical, and prophetic.
The engagement of so many members in the work of the church speaks of the deep investment you have. To use Kierkegaard’s image, you are not the audience watching the paid leaders perform; instead, you are the performers who worship to give God glory. And it is not just phoning it in! Your courageous decision to move forward on the Belmont Village building project is an extraordinary testament to your long-term commitment to mission within and beyond your church walls.
I rejoice in the great work of Lynn’s ministry, and I know you will miss her very much. It is my honor to follow in her footsteps. John and I look forward to being part of this wonderful community!
- Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian