WHO WE ARE
Here at West Side Bible Church we are all on a journey...a journey to learn more about our Savior, Jesus Christ.
It can become a colossal challenge for those raising children to provide for them materially and emotionally as well as spiritually. "God’s word does not return to him empty" Isaiah 55:11, and one important way…"to provide peace and stability in the family (even a single parent family) gracing parents with wisdom and knowledge" Isaiah 33:2,6 is to spend time studying God’s word and coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ in a personal way.
With children attending their own classes, parents have the opportunity to enjoy some personal and private time in class praying and learning what the scriptures have to say.
Anyone seeking to gain a more personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is welcome at West Side Bible Church. Without regard for marital status or the details of an individual’s personal past, West Side welcomes all with open arms.
You will often hear a member say they are, "…going to class". You will hear this because we believe that the local church is God’s classroom and to be utilized to learn Bible principles, worship in reverence and study the mind of God himself.
West Side Bible Church has worshipped and taught God’s word since 1968. When it began our location was on the outer edge of Phoenix, however; growth of the city through the years has now placed us in the center as a welcome island of hope and ministry. During this time we have had only two Senior Pastors, although we have trained and sent out many others.
An opportunity to serve the Lord is given to all who are interested. Anyone is welcome to actively function within our ministry by exercising their spiritual gifts, that is; by utilizing their God-given talents, whatever they may be. This commitment of member involvement ensures our growth as a church body and strengthens our unity as a whole. We are a church family and every member of our family is valued as such.
LARRY HOFMANN, Senior Teaching Pastor
Larry graduated from Prarie Bible College in 1969. His first ten years of professional ministry was in Brookings, Oregon under the leadership and pastoral training of Rev. Ralph Braun. During this time he studied Bible Doctrines as well as the original languages of Greek and Hebrew.
Pastor Larry served at Grace Bible Church in Prescott, Arizona, and after three years came to West Side Bible Church to serve as Assistant Pastor to Pastor John Miller. He continued his ministry at West Side until 1990, when he accepted the pastorate at Grace Believers Church in Tama/Toledo, Iowa.
When Pastor Miller, West Side’s shepherd for more than30 years, went to be with the Lord in 2002, Pastor Hofmann and his wife Kathleen accepted God’s second call to Arizona, where he succeeded Pastor Miller as West Side Bible Church’s new shepherd.
Pastor Larry and Kathleen were married in 1969. They have one son David and three grandchildren.