Pastor Matthew and LeeAnn Mauldin
By his own admission, Pastor Matthew Mauldin is a sinner called to be a saint by the grace of Jesus Christ. He surrendered to the call of Jesus Christ to be born-again, answering with faith and repentance on May 27th, 1991 in the mountains of New Mexico. This was the beginning of a radical conversion experience, taking him from a very sinful, insecure young runaway coasting through life to a young man filled with the Holy Spirit and growing in amazement at God revealed in the person of Jesus Christ through the pages of the Bible.
He instantaneously felt the calling to preach the gospel as a minister and this became evident in his various attempts to reach former classmates and friends that he used to party and do drugs with in high-school. In obedience to God's personal command, and just four months after his conversion, Matthew returned to Cibola High School, two years after dropping out, on a mission to reach as many students and faculty as he could.
After serving faithfully in two churches (The Door Church in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque) for nearly eight years a piece, he received a commission to plant a new church and was ordained to do so by the church body of the Door Church World Outreach, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona in June 2007.
Today, he and his wife of over twenty years, along with their four children minister the gospel in Albuquerque, New Mexico to a church that they pioneered, opening for it's first service in January 2008 at the Paradise Hills Community Center.
MISSION & VALUES
Our vision here at Westside Christian Fellowship Church is to whole-heartedly embrace The Great Commission that Jesus set forth in Mark 16:15 "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel." Until the day that Jesus Christ returns for His church, we will consider this task unfinished and continue to be witnesses of the Good News throughout the nations.
Our belief that world impact begins in the local church is rooted in Acts 1:8. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He instructed His disciples to "...be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere--Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). In this statement, Jesus was instructing His disciples to first begin spreading the Gospel in their local community of Jerusalem.
Jesus set forth a challenge in Luke 10:2, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray The Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." We here at Westside Christian Fellowship Church continue in our endeavor to answer this call by making disciples, planting churches, and reaching the lost until Jesus Christ returns.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A WORSHIP SERVICE:
Westside Christian Fellowship Church is a Bible-based, Spirit-filled, non-denominational church with a master passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ, and to make disciples of those who have responded to that message. We have a warm family feel and a contemporary Spirit-filled style of worship,where you’ll hear relevant messages you can apply to everyday life.
OUR SERVICES TYPICALLY INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Each service begins with the congregation singing along to contemporary praise and worship music led by our music team. The words are posted on a screen to make it easier for all to sing along. We often begin with praise music, which is unifying, encouraging, and celebratory of God’s victory and our dedication to Him. We then progress into worship music which is intended to exalt God’s worth, reminding ourselves of how blessed we are to know Him.
We then pray as a congregation for needs that members and visitors have placed on a list located in our lobby.
We then take an offering in order to honor the Lord with our giving, as He has so generously given to us, and uses our faithful giving to facilitate the Church and allow us to partner with His work.
ANNOUNCEMENTS and occasionally TESTIMONIES
Announcements are then briefly made, sometimes followed by the testimonies of some of the members with the intent to thank God and encourage others through the declaration of a recent God-given breakthrough or victory.
The preaching of the Word of God and response to it are considered to be the most important part of our services. We want to listen with reverence and discern what applies to our lives that we may respond to that word with the resolve to live it out.
It is the desire for response and implementation that leads us to believe that it is something that we should do immediately after hearing a message, so that we may become “doers and not hearers only.” (James 1:22) For this reason, almost every message is followed by an invitation for the saint and the sinner to both come to the altar. The sinner’s response is one of faith and repentance, a conversion, and that person is often met by one of our prayer counselors. Many of those are extremely excited to begin a new life with Christ right within the service. The saint’s response is also one of agreement with what God’s word has revealed to them both indirectly and personally (through discerned application), and they will begin to speak with God bout it.
After the service we hope you will take a few moments to visit with us, as we would love to get to know you better and answer any questions you may have.