Our Guests for this Episode – Andy Sytsma and Randy Wester:

Andy Sytsma is a life-long learner and student of discipleship. Currently, he is working with Mike Johnson to help his church implement a discipleship pathway. One of the tools that has helped bring transformation in his own life and in the life of his congregation, especially in the latter stages, has been Faithwalking. But he is excited to supplement this with processes at every stage. Andy serves as pastor of New Life Christian Reformed Church in Spring, Texas and also serves with Resonate Global Mission as a Local Mission Leader for Texas. His passion for discipleship and the local church is matched only by his love for church planting. Andy grew up as a missionary kid in Japan and has served churches in Michigan, Seattle and New Jersey. He is married to his wife Jacie and blessed with two teenage children, Natalie and Caleb.


Randy Wester is currently leading a team that is developing the discipleship pathway New Life Church will use to grow disciples. Randy has assisted Pastor Andy Sytsma with developing and implementing prior discipleship programs at New Life, which have used some of Ascending Leaders materials and methods. Professionally, Randy is the Vice President of Quality at TechnipFMC, a major oil and gas service company. He serves on the boards of two non-profit organizations, the Old Town Spring Heights Community Association and Square Inch Houston, that exist to foster social and spiritual renewal in their communities. Randy also chairs the Industry Advisory Board for the Subsea Engineering program at the University of Houston. Randy and his wife Tari are blessed with two daughters and two grandchildren.

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