Westlake Church Nyon is an international church serving the English-speaking community. We are a community of different cultures, nationalities and denominations who worship and serve together, whether we are in the area short-term or long-term. Over the last 30 years, God has been knitting our diverse backgrounds together, with Jesus rising above all as our Lord, Savior and unifier.
James Petticrew, from the west of Scotland, has been pastor at Westlake since July 2018. Married to Ann, they have two grown children back in Scotland and a very energetic standard poodle with them here in Switzerland. James is a fanatical supporter of the Scottish rugby team, loves motorcycles, especially if they are red and Italian, but most of all, is committed to learning to be a more consistent and committed disciple of Jesus and authentic leader among God’s people.
Our Pastor: James Petticrew
Our Children and Family Minister: Elaine Leakey
Elaine has lived in Switzerland for the last 20 years with her husband Richard and 3 daughters. She is the contact for many projects with the French-speaking community, as well as a leader of the YWAM base in Burtigny.
Our Youth Ministers: Tommy and Meghan Bresson
Meghan and Tommy Bresson, who are missionaries with Youth For Christ International (YFCI), are helping with our youth program. They have recently welcomed their daughter, Chloé, into the world and are loving the addition to their family.
Meghan spent many years as a teacher and loved being able to work with teens within that capacity. Now, she is thrilled to be in a position where she can be more open and direct about her faith and help students find their identity in Christ. And, if you ever have a craving for something sweet, let her know and she’ll happily bake for you!
Tommy loves being in Geneva and seeing God's amazing creation all around us. He is passionate about walking alongside students and helping them know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. When not with the youth, he is probably on a run or cycling.
Our elders: Cecilia Kunzmann, Paul Luedtke, Claire Walton and Alfredo Zingale
Cecilia Kunzmann has lived in Switzerland since October 2018 and previously served in church ministries in South Africa, the U.S.A. and Singapore. Cecilia is passionate about seeing individuals healed, restored and transformed for His glory. She is married to Max and they have two daughters. Her areas of passion include prayer and care ministries.
Paul Luedtke is a naturalized Swiss from the U.S. who came here in 1986 to work with Youth for Christ. He has degrees in theology and psychology that he uses in the service of the Lord. His interests include spiritual formation and sailing. He is married to Becky and they have two grown daughters. He leads the Men's Bible Study Group.
Claire Walton has been involved at Westlake Nyon as an elder since 2016. She helps with our all-age services and organises events like Burns Night and our church@home weekends. Married to Derek, they have two children at university in the U.K. and one at a nearby international school.
Our mission is to enable people to become lifelong followers of Jesus Christ for the glory of God and the good of the world.
A lifelong follower of Jesus is someone who believes in Christ and is committed to belonging to Christ's Body, becoming more consistently Christ's disciple and building God's kingdom.
Belonging with others (community)
We believe that the Christian life is best lived when we belong together with other people in a community. We therefore encourage people to get connected with others in groups of various sizes where we can experience deep, meaningful, loving and supportive relationships that help us handle life better and help us mature as followers of Jesus.
Becoming like Jesus (spiritual growth)
We believe that following Jesus means shifting the focus of our lives from being centered on ourselves to being centered on Jesus and other people. It's a life in which we are increasingly becoming more like Jesus and so we are committed to relying on the Holy Spirit to help us love the people Jesus would have loved and do the things He would do if He were living our lives.
Building the Kingdom (mission)
We believe that a vital dimension to following Jesus is being committed to joining Jesus in His mission, the focus of which He called the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God brings God's future into the present and so brings transformation into people's lives, communities and our world. This is about realising we are called to be Jesus' hands and feet in serving people, our communities and the world. We believe Jesus sends us into the world, in the power of the Spirit, to build God's Kingdom by embodying and expressing it through who we are and what we do as individual disciples and as a Christian community.
Everyone has a story. Below you can view a few videos with Westlake members sharing their story and why they choose to attend Westlake.