Meet our Staff

Dr. Rodney Clingan
Senior Pastor
Rodney Clingan rclingan@westwoodbaptist.net

After having served in the various roles of Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Student Pastor since 1985, Rodney followed God’s call to become Pastor at Westwood in 2006. He met his wife, Amy, in church when they were teenagers and they have been married since 1989. Amy currently works as the Library Media Specialist at Kitty Stone Elementary School. They have two children, Andrew and Ashley both students at Jacksonville State University. Rodney graduated from the University of North Alabama (Bachelors of Science in Finance), and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry).

Life Verse: Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Favorite Foods: Fried chicken, barbecue, and steak (although there aren’t many foods I don’t like). As far as places go, Firebirds and Waffle House are places I enjoy along with Edgar’s Bakery for dessert.
Hobbies: I enjoy watching movies with my family, or just hanging out with them. I also like most sports but running, golf, ping pong, and watching baseball are my favorites.
Preachers I like to listen to: There are many, but Bob Pitman, Johnny Hunt, and Junior Hill are the three at the top of my list.
Favorite Movies: Hoosiers, Fireproof, Forever Strong.
Favorite musicians: Again, there are many but Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, and Hello August seem to be who I listen to most often.
Something interesting about me people may not know: Ever since my first Braves game where I saw Bob Horner hit his first Major League home run, I’ve always wanted to “homerun trot” the bases in Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium or now at Turner Field.
 
 
 
 
Student Ministers
Kenny & Regina Norris knorris@westwoodbaptist.net



Life Verse: Life Verse: Matthew 4:19 – Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.".
Favorite Foods: Filet Mignon.
Hobbies: Restoring classic cars.
Favorite Movies: Rocky series.
Favorite music: Contemporary Christian and 80's Rock.
Favorite Books: A Call to Die by David Nasser.
Something interesting about me: I love NASCAR and I've visited 6 different tracks. The mission field has taken me to Nicaragua (2 times), Kampala Uganda Africa (3 times) Arecibo Puerto Rico (9 times) and various U.S. Missions.
 
 
 
 
Ministry Assistant
Beth Stinson beths@westwoodbaptist.net

Beth's office hours are 8am thru Noon Monday thru Thursday.
 
 
 
 
Financial Secretary
Sheena Sawyer ssawyer@westwoodbaptist.net

 
 
 
 
WeeCare Director
Janie Matson westwoodweecare@cableone.net

I became the Director at Westwood Wee Care Child Development Center in September of 2004. My heart is to help teach children in their early years the social skills and self control needed based on the Biblical principles found in God's word, using a variety of activities and Christian curriculum to help them learn and grow.

In 1976 I married my High school sweetheart and best friend. Tim is a Deacon here at Westwood. We have 2 great children and 8 wonderful grandchildren.

Life Verse: Colossians 4:2-6 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Hobbies: Anything with my grandchildren
Favorite Restaurant: Ruby Tuesday
TV favorites: Little House on the Prairie and Shirley Temple.
Favorite Author: Max Lucado
 
 
 
 
Preschool Director
Cynthia Thompson 

I became the Director of the Preschool Ministry on August 7th, 2011. I have a tremendous love for children and place a high standard on learning. I possess a calm attitude and superb understanding of children’s needs. My goal is to partner with families as the director of a creative Preschool Ministry. My purpose is to bring children into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ, helping them to grow in their love for God and service to others.

I have taught Kindergarten Sunday School for 4 years, then 2nd grade Sunday school for 1year. I have been married to my husband Terry for 14 years. We have two beautiful children who share a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior. TJ is thirteen and Mariah is eleven, they both received early instructions in the word of God through spiritual programs here at Westwood Baptist Church

Life Verse: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Education: Alabama A&M University, BS in Communication Disorders, Bloomsburg University, Master of Ed, In Special Education.
Hobbies: Choreographing Praise Dance Routines, Walking/Running in 5k’s.
Favorite Sports: Anniston and Weaver High School Football, College Football. Braves Baseball
Favorite Movies: Beauty in the Beast, Fireproof, Remember the Titans, and Facing the Giants.
Favorite Books: “Purpose Driven Life”, “Heaven Is for Real”, “The Power of a Praying Wife”.
Favorite Music: CeCe Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, Dottie Peoples, Kirk Franklin, John P Kee, Hello August, Mercy Me, Lecrae, Chris Tomlin, Newsboys, Newsong, Donald Mckirkland, Yolanda Adams.
Favorite Quote: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck
 
 
 
 
Childrens Ministry Director
Pam McElroy 

Leading children to Jesus is my passion, and I have had the honor of fulfilling this calling by serving the children of Westwood Baptist Church for seven years. I began as the children's director in 1993 and served until the fall of 1997, when I obtained my first teaching position. Then after raising my own children and becoming established in my teaching career, God allowed me to return to my first love and serve in this awesome ministry in 2008. I have had the opportunity to see many of my "children" grow up and accept God's calling on their lives to serve on the mission field, teach Sunday School, and even become leaders in the church serving in ministries such as youth and the deacon body.

God has richly blessed me with an amazing family! My husband Scott and I have will be married 30 years in October. Scott serves as a deacon at Westwood and is my partner in the children's ministry. We have two beautiful daughters, two wonderful sons in law, and a grandson that lights up our world. Our daughter Kristin and her husband Corey serve in the music and youth ministries at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Kristin and Corey are the proud parents of Levi and our newest addition, Eden Ray, arriving in December! Karah, our youngest daughter, is a graphic designer in Kennesaw, Georgia She and her talented husband Grayson serve in the music ministry at North Star Church in Woodstock, Georgia.

Life Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Jacksonville State University, Masters of Science , University of Alabama
Hobbies: If I want to relax I play in dirt! I love to plant flowers! I planted over 35 containers this summer! Decorating my home with unusual items. Reading a good book on the shores of Navarre Beach Florida!
Favorite Sports: Roll Tide!
Favorite Food: Anything chocolate and ice cold watermelon!
Favorite Movies: Toy Story I, II and III, Thomas the Train-not much of a movie buff but anything that Levi loves, so does GIGI!
Favorite Books: Anything by Beth Moore or Chuck Swindoll!
Favorite Music: Casting Crowns, Building 429, Sidewalk Prophets, TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, and Mercy Me
Favorite Quote: "Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." Chuck R. Swindoll