Our Church History

Joy Fellowship/Westview Church

Church History

Joy Fellowship/Westview Church began in August of 1975, in the Dark Horse Inn, formerly a bar much frequented by FHSU students.

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Westview Church

...is a place where you will find people just like you: people who take care of families, go to work or school, have hobbies, and long for their lives to have significance.

Our Mission

Westview Church is a community of people who are focused on building meaningful relationships, teaching and speading the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Westview Church

We are an active, growing, Non-Denominational, Christian church located in a quiet, relaxing, country setting near the northwest side of beautiful Hays, KS.

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History of Westview Church


...The church grew rapidly and the Dark Horse was remodeled to accommodate the growth until it simply became too small to hold all the people, and Joy Fellowship moved to Harv’s Furniture on 12th and Oak Street in 1978.

Joy Fellowship’s growth locally brought the opportunity to influence other areas and churches were started in Garden City, Hill City, Manhattan, and Dodge City. Three of the four are still active and reaching people with the good news of Jesus!

The new location on 12th and Oak housed not only the church, but also was home to Shalom Elementary School which began in 1979. The school and church continued to grow and was blessed by a committed “family” of believers who helped make Joy a very effective ministry. Those people include the founders of Joy Fellowship, Jack and Julie Johnson; the first associates Mike and Johne Hulsey, followed by Bill and Connie Green, Les and Kay Bieber and then in 1981, Wes and Sandy Oakley.

In May 1982, construction began on the present facility located at 3000 West 41st Street. A few paid workers along with a host of volunteers helped construct the largest rammed-earth (a glorified adobe building), in the United States. Joy Fellowship, along with Shalom, moved into the building in January 1983.

Founders Jack and Julie Johnson resigned in August of 1983 and Wes and Sandy Oakley were named new pastors beginning in September of 1983. Shalom Elementary closed its doors in 1985.

On June 1, 1983 Joy Fellowship became an affiliate of Faith Christian Fellowship International,
International. From September 1995 until March 2006, Ferrill Standage served as Associate Pastor. Joy Fellowship has had a number of youth pastors including Bradley and Renee Gillis, Kelly and Melanie Petz and Ed and Audrey Macke.

During Kelly and Melanie’s time as youth ministers, the fellowship hall was converted to a state of the art children’s church and has reached thousands of kids over the years. Currently Children’s Pastor Jeremy McGuire heads up Children’s Church. Oneighty was also launched while the Petz’ were on staff. The grand opening was February of 2000 and thousands of teenagers have heard the good news of the gospel because of Oneighty. The enjoyment provided at the facility is a good draw to get teens to come including an arcade, pool table, sport courts and snack bar. Each evening there is also a youth friendly service to encourage teenagers to become tools for God’s use! In 2002, Brandon Prough became our Oneighty Youth minister.

January of 2003, Joy Fellowship’s name was changed to Westview Church—a name giving us a new start for outreach in our community and surrounding area. In 2005 the church sanctuary was completely remodeled with a new look of paint, carpet, chairs, sound system and lighting. 2006 included the addition of Brandon Prough as Associate Pastor and Andrew Cummings as Oneighty Youth Pastor.

In September of 2007, Tim Nunnery became the Oneighty Youth Pastor and in the fall of 2008 Oneighty’s name was changed to Regenerate3.

The TV ministry started up once again in September of 2006. Under the direction of Dean Rohleder, our television coverage extended to all of western Kansas with the Good News of Jesus Christ! God has done exceedingly beyond that—one year later, we signed a contract with MyTV in Wichita, KS. to extend our weekly broadcast to nearly 2/3 of the State of Kansas, reaching a potential of over 400,000 households!

We are Westview Family, a church that is living and experiencing Faith-Filled Living! “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” I John 5:4-5

Watch previous messages from Westview Church on Vimeo

Click Here to find several years worth of helpful and inspiring messages from Dr. Wes Oakley and others!

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