Staff & Leadership
REV. BRYAN BROCK
Rev. Brock began his ministry at Westwood in September 2019. He received the Master of Arts in Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Education from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Rev. Brock has also completed Post Graduate Studies in Congregational Systems Theory and Leadership at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. Before coming to Westwood, Bryan served in various staff roles at churches in Tennessee, Maryland, and Georgia, and owned and operated a Christian bookstore.
Bryan is married to Robin. They have two sons.
REV. STEPHEN GRAY
Rev. Gray began his ministry as Associate Pastor at Westwood in May 2004. He received the Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Before coming to Westwood, Stephen served at several churches in Texas.
As Associate Pastor, Stephen helps the congregation grow in faith. He has a passion for seeing people grow to be more like Christ and for empowering others to use their gifts in ministry.
Stephen’s wife, Randa, teaches English Composition at Northern Virginia Community College. They have three daughters.
Minister of Music
Pat Close has been the Minister of Music at Westwood since September 1997. She received the Master of Church Music degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Before coming to Westwood, Pat was the Youth and Children’s Choir Director at John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Annandale, Virginia.
As the Minister of Music, Pat glorifies God and edifies believers and seekers through a wonderful program of musical theatre, dancing, and song. She uses choirs, guest artists, Orff instruments, and chimes in her ministry.
REV. DONNA HILL
Rev. Hill began her ministry as Financial Administrator at Westwood in September 2010. She received the Master of Theological Studies degree from John Leland Seminary in Arlington, VA, and the Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University in Fairfax VA. Before assuming this position, Donna was Westwood’s webmaster from 2003-2010.
As Financial Administrator, Donna helps oversee the financial management of the church and assists each of the ministry areas to operate efficiently. With over 40 years experience as an accountant, Donna brings a high degree of personal integrity and organizational skills to Westwood. She has a passion to encourage others to follow the example of Jesus.
Donna has one son, Jason, and a beautiful daughter-in law, Laura, and twin granddaughters, Natalie and Madison.
Ministry Assistant/Office Manager
Martha Newman joined the staff of Westwood in May 2012 as our Office Manager. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Secondary Education. After teaching English in a public high school for several years, she became a legal secretary in the Federal government and in law firms in Washington, D.C. She worked as a church administrator in other Northern Virginia churches before coming to Westwood.
In her position as Westwood’s Office Manager, Martha’s teaching and administrative experience have helped her be an effective communicator and an efficient coordinator of the multi-faceted work of a church. Learning new technology and mastering new software keep her work ever-evolving. Martha enjoys interacting with members of the congregation and the public who come in or call the church office.
Martha is married to Edward Newman, who retired from a professional biotech research society in Bethesda, Maryland. Their daughter Katharine and her husband Glen have two young daughters, Margaret and Alice.
Olga has served as our church organist and choir accompanist since Fall 1998. She holds a Master degree of Piano Performance and Teaching from State Musical Pedagogical Institute in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, a Bachelor of Piano Performance, Stavropol, Russia, and the Service Playing Certification from American Guild of Organists.
Olga glorifies God with her playing at Westwood’s worship services and believes that the Spirit of the Living God comes to us through the music.
In addition to serving at Westwood, Olga and her husband, Alexander, teach piano at their private studio. They have one daughter, Margarita.
Greisy has been involved with taking care of our church facilities since 2001. She assumed the role of full-time Custodian in 2008. She (and her family) has helped to make the facilities at Westwood an inviting place for members and guests to meet and to worship. Her husband, Jose (Amilcar) Montoya, also works in the custodial field. They have two daughters, Keiry and Jineth, and two young grandchildren, Grace and Joseph.