Rev Mark Pexton

I’m Mark Pexton – married to Maria.  We have two grown up sons, now ploughing their own furrows, but both following Jesus!

I’ve been a Baptist pastor since 1999 (1999-2007 at Castlehill Baptist Church in Bearsden; 2007-2018 at Leven Baptist Church in Fife; 2018- at Westwood Baptist).

For Maria and myself, Jesus has given our lives meaning, purpose, direction and hope.  I cannot imagine what my life would have been like if I had never come to know and follow him.  Many people are under the false assumption that being a Christian is a really boring life-choice.  Nothing could be further from the truth! Life has become an adventure, following his plan rather than our own – and it has led us to places we would never have imagined or sought, but which have made our lives so much richer and more fulfilling than if we had been in charge of the direction.

We long for church to be a place where people can grow in relationship with our heavenly Father.  Where people can deepen in relationship with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.  And where people are encouraged to reach out to others to offer something of the hope and meaning that we have discovered in Christ.  We long for church to be more than friendly… we long for it to be family.  That when people are among us they feel like they have come home.

Rev Irene Campbell - Family and Community Pastor

My name is Irene Campbell and in November 2018 I was called to my present post as Family and Community Pastor.  I am the Sector leader for children and young people and I am part of the worship and prayer ministry teams.

I am married to John and have a beautiful daughter, Rachel, who is at University.  I love to sing, dance and spend time with my family and friends.  When I was younger I competed in loads of team sports.  I definitely prefer team games to individual pursuits and I hate running!

Previously I was Depute Head Teacher in a Glasgow secondary school, in charge of Pupil Support and Pastoral Care.  It was as great job as I love working with teenagers.  I have a particular interest in using nurturing  principles to support young people to be well physically and emotionally.  I am a trained counsellor and for almost three years I was a liaison teacher with the Mental Health team in Glasgow doing individual and group work therapy sessions for young people experiencing difficulties with low mood, low self esteem, self harm, anger and eating disorders.

In the summer of 2017 I retired, but the rest that I anticipated was cut short as God guided me to enrol at the Scottish Baptist College and study for the ministry.  I have been accepted for accreditation as a minister by the Baptist Union of Scotland and will be serving at Westwood.

I have been a member here at Westwood for some time and I have seen a number of changes over the years.  The most important part of our fellowship is how we love and take care and value each other.  Seeing new people coming to join us is a joy. We have different worship styles at our services where we focus on Jesus and we have a prayer ministry team who pray for anyone who needs help spiritually, emotionally or physically.

My favourite verse in the bible is from Romans 8:1

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.”

I would love you to share God's love with us at Westwood.  Come and talk to me.