Spreading God's Word Since 2003


Our pastor started Westside Church on the first Sunday of September 2003, with 7 people in attendance for that first service. He dreamed of building a church with a simple goal; reaching those far from Christ. With the help of people committed to seeing that dream fulfilled, the church has experienced significant growth.

Westside Leadership

We'd love for you to get to know the people who lead our church.  They're passionate about serving Madera and surrounding areas for the glory of God's Kingdom.

  • Barry Benard - Senior Pastor


  • Steve Thornton - Elder


  • Matt Schoettler - Elder


  • Robert Adama - Elder


  • Seann Garcia - Elder


  • Art Zaragoza - Elder


Our Beliefs

At our church, you will hear the word “gospel” repeatedly because it is the most important truth that we can know and experience. The gospel is not merely a message that needs to be shared with non-Christians, but also with Christians. It is not something that mature Christians move on from, but rather something that they move deeper into. The gospel is the lens in which we should view theology, ministry, and all aspects of life.


The Apostle Paul defined the word “gospel” concisely in 1st Corinthians 15:3-5 when he wrote, “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” Simply put, the gospel is all about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, and the implications it has for us.


Review our church constitution and by-laws here