Loving God, Loving People

OUR MISSION

Called to be a community “On Mission” for Jesus Christ, West Side is drawing people from across the Tri-Cities to live for Jesus. We are committed to being a church that loves on our community by getting out from behind the walls of the church building in order to bless our neighbors. 

When we gather on Sundays for worship, we embrace the call to be the family of God, where many generations interact, share, learn from and bless each other. We enjoy gathering with friends and feel honored when guests join with us. It is our hope that if you visit with us, you will feel warmly embraced and encouraged to know that you have a place to belong. Whether you are an early riser or like to get a little extra sleep on Sunday morning, have a specific affection for traditional or modern music styles, there is great likelihood that you will be able to connect with some West Siders at one of our two worship services* who identify with your passions, interests and concerns. 

Following Jesus is an adventure with many challenges but also moments of profound beauty and significance. Jesus challenges us to be a Spirit-led people that shares life and supports one another on this journey. The Bible is central to informing our journey. We have ministries to help every age and every stage of spiritual development take our next steps of going deeper into life with Jesus.

We hope you will join us sometime soon!

FAQs

If you’re planning to come to one of our worship services on Sunday mornings, “Kids Check-In” opens at 9:15 am and our contemporary service begins at 9:30 am. Our traditional service starts at 11:00 am. We suggest arriving a bit earlier to find a parking space, be welcomed, and make your way into worship.

It’s hard to give an exact time, as our song and sermon lengths can vary.  Our services generally last 70 to 80 minutes, however we’d love you to stick around longer for a coffee so we can get to know you (and so you can get to know us!)

Our pastors teach from the Bible. We usually teach in series, where the talks build on one another throughout the series. Sometimes these series are built around significant life topics and other times we work through a specific book of the Bible. You can expect to hear the Bible read, explained, and a compelling call to live into the goodness, truth, and beauty of what it says. 

Absolutely! We have many families attending West Side Church. While parents are always welcome to keep their children with them throughout the worship service, we have exciting ministries for children of all ages to provide a safe, fun and engaging environment where kids can be rooted and encourage their relationship with Jesus.  

Unsure where to take your children when you arrive? Just look for a Hospitality Team member or someone wearing a blue, West Side Children’s Ministry shirt – they’ll be able to assist you through the Check-in process.

We have childcare for two and under that opens at 9:15 am. Our childcare workers are screened and trained to give the best care possible to your young ones. You are welcome to leave your child with them (we’ll give you a pager if your child needs you). In the contemporary service, there is a special room where parents can care for their infants and participate in the worship service.

Each Sunday morning Holy Word Studios (our kid’s ministry area) opens at 9:15 am and runs for the duration of our Contemporary service. 

Again, absolutely!  We seek to create compelling worship experiences that will engage teens and adults in our main services. During the 9:30 am Contemporary service, we also provide the opportunity for Middle School students to gather with their peers and adult leaders to laugh, connect, and grow together.

Wear what you like. There’s no spoken or unspoken dress code. There’s no right or wrong. Typically, contemporary services are a little more informal, rarely will you even spot a tie or a dress.  At a traditional service you may see people a little more spiffy, but again jeans a shirt will never surprise anyone.  What matters to God and to us is that you are here.

Here are some things to think about as you make that decision:

  • Time: Are you an early riser? You might like the early option at 9:30 am. Do you like to start your Sunday kind of slow, or is it just hard to get the kids out of the house early on the weekend? Then the 11:00 am might be the right fit.
  • Style: Casual and contemporary? Try the 9:30 am service in the South Building (2-story building). Classical and liturgical? Try our traditional service at 11:00 am in the Main Building (single-story building).
  • Children: We have childcare available for infants through kindergarten during the 9:30 am worship service and cry rooms if you want to hold onto your little ones during the service.  Sunday morning programs for kids through grade 5 as well as MS at 9:30 am, and kids are always welcome in worship.

Deacons and Elders are lay members who are elected annually by the Congregation for a 3-year term to provide servant leadership. 

Deacons lead or co-lead 12 different ministries and are blessed by serving, giving, caring, and praying for the congregation and those in need who live in and around our community. These ministries include Card Ministry, Communication (Monthly Deacon Beacons), Communion, Community Outreach Ministry (financial partnership with local nonprofit organizations), Hands-Up Ministry, Helping Hands Ministry, Marcus Whitman/Preschool Scholarship Program, Parish Ministry, Prayer Chain Ministry, Receptions, Rosebud Ministry, and Seasonal Charity Ministry. Deacons also represent a chair on the Session.

Elders (22 members) and staff meet monthly as the Session. The Session is responsible for effective disciple-making, ministry processes, equipping covenant partners (members), and faithfully nurturing covenant partners into spiritual maturity and significant ministry. The Session is led by lead pastor Ralph Kieneker and includes a representative from the Deacons. 

SERVING OTHERS

West Side church is committed to moving God’s kingdom forward in several ways, including serving our local community. West Side Church gives money each month to these organizations through donations made to Deacons. To see a list of the ministries we support, click the button.

West Side also partners with and supports missionaries across the globe. To see a list of the missionaries we partner with, and information on how to support them, click the button below.

Contact Us

Address: 615 Wright Ave.
               Richland, Washington 99352*

Phone Number: (509) 946-4656

Email Address: info@westside1.org

*Our church office is usually staffed Monday-Friday from 9 am – 5 pm, but the doors may be locked. Please ring the doorbell on the side door of  WSN (single-story building); a staff member will let you in. 

Mirror Ministries

Mirror Ministries’ mission is to respond to domestic minor sex trafficking with the love of Christ through local education, intervention, restoration and aftercare. Our vision is to see local victims of sex trafficking become survivors who have hope, healing and restoration by: Reaching women and girls being exploited through SUDS Hotel Outreach and direct street outreach Connecting survivors of the sex trade with services and real options to reach freedom through the Mirror Ministries Outreach Center and Survivor Services Educating the community through awareness presentations and trainings Reaching hospitality staff and managers through SUDS Hotel Outreach

Grace Kitchen

Grace Kitchen is a nonprofit that offers hope and opportunity for lasting change to women survivors of trafficking, addiction, homelessness and poverty. We do this by fostering a community of grace where women learn job and life skills that enable them to gain sustainable employment and a secure future for themselves and their children.

Chaplaincy Health Care

The team from Chaplaincy Health Care focuses on the entire person – their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We guide, comfort and care for people experiencing serious illness, end of life, loss, and grief. Our heritage of compassion began in 1971 when a group of local churches in the Tri-Cities area established a program with one chaplain to provide outreach to people not being served in jails and nursing homes, and people coping with dying or the loss of a loved one. Chaplaincy Health Care is a nonprofit organization and assists all individuals in need throughout our service area in the Mid-Columbia region of southeast Washington. Our work is supported by individuals, businesses, foundations, local service clubs and communities of faith

Grace Clinic

Our Mission is to share Christ’s love through practical acts of compassion by providing free healthcare services to those in need in Benton and Franklin Counties and Burbank. Founded by two local physicians, the Clinic provides services to low-income uninsured residents of Benton and Franklin counties and is operated primarily by volunteers. In the early days, the Clinic provided medical care and then over time added dental and mental health services.

My Friend's Place

At My Friends Place, we provide 13 to 20-year-old homeless teenagers with a bed, meals, clothing, showers, laundry facilities, hygiene products, support services and individualized case management services. We also offer drop-in services to all youth in need in our community

Domestic Violence Services

DVSBF is focused on providing the best advocacy and support services for domestic violence survivors in our community. Our mission is to create a healthy community free from all forms of domestic violence. DVSBF provides a wide array of services including 24-hour crisis line and emergency shelter, information and referrals, legal advocacy and clinics, support groups, advocacy based counseling, and community education.

World Relief

World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization whose mission is to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable. We aim to tackle the world’s greatest problems with holistic, locally-driven solutions that lead to lasting change — whether in response to disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression or mass displacement and immigration. World Relief’s work in the United States, specifically, focuses on helping refugees and other immigrants in vulnerable situations rebuild their lives in a new country.

YouMedical

You Medical envisions a community where individuals facing an unexpected pregnancy and related sexual issues find guidance and hope, and are transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ through our life-affirming services. Some of our services include pregnancy tests, counseling, limited OB ultrasounds, and sexual health services.

Good Samaritan Ministries

The Good Samaritan Ministries (GSM) office in the Tri-Cities is a satellite office of Good Samaritan Ministries located in Beaverton, Oregon. Good Samaritan Ministries' story began in 1976 when its founder, Bettie Mitchell, heard God call her to quit her job and spend her life teaching about the Kingdom of God. She then began a counseling ministry located in her home in Beaverton, where all were welcome to bring their needs and receive love, acceptance and healing through an encounter with God. This ministry developed over the years into a healing ministry with hundreds of trained counselors across the world. We focus on Biblical principles and the leading of the Holy Spirit to provide: Lay counseling for individuals and families Training and support for personal ministry Lay counselor training Support groups for continued growth

Tri-Cities Food Bank

The Tri-Cities Food Bank provides emergency food to the needy residents of Benton City, Kennewick, Finley, Richland, and West Richland. The Tri-Cities Food Bank, founded in 1975 & is a nonprofit agency. This organization has more than 100 volunteers who have donated more than 30,000 hours collecting and distributing food to low-income people. Our volunteers collect food 365 days of the year. Because we are an all volunteer organization, we have never paid a salary since our founding.

Terry & Nancy Sullivan

The Sullivans work with Wycliffe Bible Translators to translate materials and Bibles into the Aja language of Benin and Togo, Africa.

Terry and Nancy Sullivan, missionaries with Wycliffe, wish to express their gratitude to the West Side community for the many blessings and friendships they have known these past few years living in Richland and continuing their Bible translation ministry work "from afar". Now they return to Benin to directly work with Aja colleagues from their departure of October 29, 2022 , until their return in April 2023. They look forward to returning to this wonderful home and Body of Christ here at West Side, under the "official" job title of "Remote Assignment living in the U.S.". Their actual work, pretty much full-time, will be the same, but with a U.S.-based location instead of a Benin-based location. So the Sullivans say not "Goodbye", but "See you later". In the Aja language, the words for "thank you very much" are: Akpe keké. However, folks add more 'very much' by adding the word "ke" at the end. So the Sullivans express their gratefulness to you, by saying: "Akpe kekekekekekekekekeke! ".

To support their ministry, please mail gifts to
Wycliffe Bible Translators
P.O. Box 628200
Orlando, FL 32862-8200
www.wycliffe.org
For gifts, add note: With preference for the ministry of Terry & Nancy Sullivan

Tyler & Rochelle Holm

Tyler and Rochelle Holm are serving in Mzuzu, Malawi (Africa), at the invitation of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP), the Presbyterian Church (USA) World Mission and Mzuzu University. The CCAP is the largest and oldest Protestant denomination in Malawi.
Tyler teaches theology at the University of Livingstonia, one of the CCAP’s institutions training future pastors and church leaders. With the growth of the CCAP there is only one ordained minister per every 7,000 members, training pastors and other Christian leaders in society has been identified as a priority by the CCAP. Rochelle works directly for Mzuzu University, a government university, primarily on issues of water, sanitation, and hygiene, bridging the gap across boundaries of research and innovative practice by working together with communities, government officials, academics and faith based organizations.

To support our ministry, please donate to:
Presbyterian Church USA, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. Please designate the funds for “Presbyterian World Mission: Account #E200532” or https://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/E200532/

Enoc & Christina Hernandez

Serving 21 year at Open Arms Foundation works with kids from dysfunctional families in danger to be get to the gangs, drugs and prostitution from the streets Our mission is reaching out to the family through Open Arms Churches.
We are pastors, counselors for the kids and stuff, responsible for the project of serf sustaining ministry with the milking parlor, serving children with broken or no homes. Healing and restauration of the families. God allows us to started a project for self-sustaining ministry at the Boys ranch with cows to sell the milk to help the kids
To donate, please send a check to:
Open Arms Foundation,
PO Box 7542
Cross Lanes, WV 25313

Amy Schammert

Wycliffe Bible Translators
Wycliffe serves with the global body of Christ to advance Bible translation and work together so people can encounter God through his Word and be transformed.
My mission is to work in partnership with nationals, organizations, churches, etc. to enable the work of Bible translation. We work to ensure the world’s 7000 languages gain access to Scripture in a language and form that speaks to their heart, and to preserve minority language and cultures. At Wycliffe, we prepare, equip, and support members and their families as they engage in the work of Bible translation.

Scott Johnson

I serve through Main Street Church in Brigham City. Main Street Church is a small church in Northern Utah that has had an emphasis on outreach to Latter-day Saints (and equipping Christians for outreach to LDS) using multimedia (video, web, print, and television). I have been with Main Street Church (originally Living Hope) for 18 years; the last 3 years I have worked remotely in Richland, while simultaneously becoming involved with the local ministry Flourish Mid-Columbia (on an “on loan” basis).
For Main Street Church, I continue to be involved in the production and post-production of our video outreach ministry, although the pandemic has stifled work on any new major projects; I continue to manage the web presence and other communication aspects of Main Street Church and its various ministries. For Flourish Mid-Columbia, I serve on the board of directors and as treasurer, manage the web presence and communication, and also am involved in the leadership of the Flourish Young Adult, and the Faith and Science initiative, and involved in several vocational discussion groups.
Our primary ministry focus with Main Street Church is Latter-day Saints, Fundamentalist Mormons (polygamous groups), and Christians seeking to reach out to them. For Flourish, our “target” audience is not so tightly focused; we seek to be a resource to encourage and enable followers of Jesus to “integrate faith, work, and everyday living” through, among other things, education, relational ministry, and spiritual formation opportunities.
To support my ministry, please mail a donation to
Main Street Church
48 N. Main St.
Brigham City, UT 84302

Andrew & Amy Funka

Alongside Ministries International strives to advance the Gospel in Europe and North America through a network of prayer, partnerships, and practical help.

We have been serving in the Czech Republic for 19 years with AMI, 10 years in our current location.

Our goal is to strengthen the Church and advance the Gospel by partnering with local churches and Christian organizations. Andrew serves alongside the national office of the Czech Evangelical Alliance and Amy serves alongside The Wholehearted School, a Czech Christian elementary school. Through these partnerships we are involved in a variety of organizations and projects that serve to strengthen the Church through parish renewal and Christian education, and to advance the Gospel through evangelism and church planting.
To help The Wholehearted School grow and expand its Christian influence, including adding grades 7 – 9. Help launch and expand the M4Ready program into the M4 church planting process. To work with the national youth ministry of Církev Bratrská to re-launch and expand Draft Camps.

To support our missionary work, go to:
https://www.alongside.org/donate or Alongside Ministries International, PO Box 610 Langley, WA 98260

Ingalls Creek

We envision building a network of people who embrace the life-shaping goodness, rhythms, power, and calling of God. At Ingalls Creek, people gain clarity about their faith, their calling, and their contribution to the world.

Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center gathers people who seek to connect their faith, life, and work in the richness of community, sending them into our changing society with a renewed sense of Christian calling.

Northwest American culture has moved on a steady trajectory away from previous views of life and faith, and today only a small fraction of young adults report any relevance of “church” to their day to day experience. Churches, denominations and Christians in all walks of life are looking for ways to connect in positive ways with this emerging post-Christian context. We seek to equip God’s people—the church—to engage this changing world, demonstrating God’s love in every aspect of their lives.

Among the most critical times in life is the transition from High School to College and throughout the college experience. During this season of life, the influence of peers, professors and academic study shapes their worldview, and can make or break a student’s commitment to Christ for a lifetime. Ingalls Creek provides a training ground for high school and college-aged students in the critical times of transition through mentoring and community.

Daniel & Marie Adams

We have served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston, Massachusetts for the last 13 years. Our vision is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed.
We hope to give every college student the opportunity to encounter Jesus, helping Christians grow in their faith and witness.
To support our ministry, visit: givetoIV.org/MarieAdams

Christeena Alaichamy

ORBIT and ASHA
After completing the translation of the New Testament in Kukna language of South Gujarat, we have been training the other translators, guiding them in their works of Bible translation, Literacy primer preparation and conducting Literacy Programs, Dictionary preparation, and doing consultant checking of their Translations and Literacy Primers. As the President of ORBIT, and the Executive Director of ASHA I am taking care of the administration of both the organizations. Right now I am mainly doing Consultant checking of the translations and Literacy Primers, guiding the field work, and administration.
Donation to support my missionary work can be sent to West Side church office from where it will be sent to SLIM (Sight and Light India Ministries) which is our fund forwarding organization. Or it can be sent directly to SLIM. The check should be written to Sight and Light India Ministries and sent to:

Sight and Light India Ministries
2937 Cimmaron Lane
Fullerton CA 92835

Matt & Lea Edminster

We have been serving with Alongside Ministries International to encourage and empower Christian leaders and churches in Europe through an international network of prayer, partnership and practical help. We have been stationed in Estonia since 1998.
Our main functions are pastoral ministry in the Rapla Evangelical Church, equipping ministry and lecturing in cooperation with the seminary, Church consultation, pulpit supply and seminar speaking, Mentoring of youth, young couples, Bible school and seminary students, and Academic research and writing.
Some time in 2023 (Lord willing) I will take on a more active role in theological education through our seminary system in Estonia and continue to conduct research on congregational life and theology in Estonia’s churches. In line with both of these goals, we have been constructing a guesthouse on our property since 2020 with the aim of offering hospitality to small church pastors and their families, international ministry visitors and – if necessary – immigrants or refugees in need of a first home and a path to inclusion in Estonian society. Construction of the hospitality house continues incrementally on my free evenings. You can follow our progress on the Hospitality House at http://www.edminsters.com/portfolio/hospitality-house/.

To support our ministry, please send gifts to
Alongside Ministries International
610 Langley Loop, Langley, WA 98260

Suzanne Emery

I work with United World Missions on the Created to be Free project. I am currently stationed in Tigard, Oregon.
Based on Isaiah 61:1, Created to be Free hopes to contribute to the prevention and understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other Neurobehavioral Conditions as invisible brain based physical disabilities and thus help the Church and greater community love people with difficult behaviors better, like Jesus does. Suzanne does this through the following: 1. Education and training at Universities, Seminaries, churches, hospitals, schools, etc. 2. Individual consultation with professionals and family members. 3. Family support groups where the real transformation takes place. God is opening exciting new doors for this ministry on a global level. Suzanne also serves on the Member Care Team of UWM, creating “sacred space” for spiritual formation/transformation to occur as she walks alongside UWM missionaries all over the world. One day a week I serve as Nurse Practitioner at the Good News Community Health Center in one of Portland’s roughest neighborhoods. We are a non-profit faith- and community-based health center serving our neighbors in Rockwood and East Multnomah County.
You can support my ministry here: https://uwm.org/missionaries/27381/

Merrie Goddard

I serve Jesus by teaching, counseling, mentoring, and evangelizing across generations through committed participation in Protestant, Catholic and Evangelical churches and missions across France, Europe, and wherever I am invited. I spend about eighty-five percent of my waking hours with 18 to 30-year-olds. I am passionate about seeing God's people learning to love each other and reaching out to all around us that they may become fellow followers of our Lord Jesus. To support my ministry, visit www.missiongo.org/donate/missionaries/merrie-goddard.

Mark Stoscher

Alongside Ministries (alongside.org) and Torchbearers (Torchbearers.org). We are sent missionaries through Alongside, for 27 years now, and of course Alongside has a rich history with West Side.
Our mission here is under Torchbearers international, which through camping, conference and Bible School ministry proclaims the transformational work of Christ. There are 26 Torchbearers centers around the world.
Mark is Pastor the Erseka Evangelical Church, with a team of Albanian leaders and missionaries; Director of Torchbearers - Albania with a 6 month winter international Bible School and an extensive summer camping program.

Flourish Mid Columbia

Flourish Mid-Columbia serves Columbia Basin residents by providing Christian education and formative practices aimed at integrating faith, work, and everyday living. In partnership with individuals, churches, organizations, and institutions, Flourish Mid-Columbia helps people live integrated and flourishing lives of faith and service as followers of Jesus by encouraging, equipping, and accompanying them into thoughtful and wholehearted participation in His Life – in all of life – in their homes, workplaces, and community.
To learn more about our mission, visit flourishmidcolumbia.org.

Child Evangelism Fellowship

Child Evangelism Fellowship is a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.
CEF has many different ministries for children, but the primary ones are the Good News Club and the 5-Day Club. The Good News Club and 5-Day Club ministries take place in neighborhood settings such as homes, backyards, schools and community centers all over the world. These fast-paced, one-hour programs are designed to bring the Gospel of Christ to children on their level in their environment.
Along with these clubs, CEF also has fair, camping, open-air, and internet ministries for children. Last year through these combined ministries over 16.4 million children worldwide heard the Good News.
CEF provides classes to train their workers and other Christians who are burdened for evangelizing children. In fact, training Christians to effectively minister to children has been core to our ministry since it was founded in 1937. Training is offered throughout the USA and around the world through seminars, conferences, and formal courses.
The Children’s Ministries Institute, a modular three-month course located at CEF International Headquarters in Warrenton, Missouri, is dedicated to providing quality, practical training for those called of God to take the Gospel message to children. Similar training is offered in various locations around the world. Courses are also offered online.
To learn more about our ministry, visit cefonline.com

Dwellings Now

DwellingsNow is a charity that has been building homes and changing lives since 2009 by providing shelter and hope for recipient families as well as a life-changing experience for those involved in the building process. Your involvement will make a lasting difference in the lives of those who live in difficult living situations. By making a donation or becoming a volunteer you will help provide a new start for a grateful family.
Our Mission is to help as many families as possible, with our focus at this time being on the island of Roatan, the mainland of Honduras, and in Palmor, Colombia, by building and presenting homes that bring dignity, hope, security, and a fresh start to our "neighbors" in need, making the dream of owning a home a reality.
To donate, visit dwellingsnow.com