Pastors & Elders

Meet The Team

WestWay Christian Church is blessed to have a wonderful staff. From our Pastoral team to our Administrators and Elders, we are all here to support your spiritual walk with Jesus. 

Staff

John Mulholland

Lead Pastor

Joe Petersen

Pastor of Adult Ministries

Cody Petersen

Pastor of Creative Arts

Megan Hanson

Office Administrator

Jim Miller

Elder, Chairman

Elders

Dave & Alice Parrish

Elder

Dave & Chris Robinson

Elder

Dustin & Becky Jones

Elder

John & Debbie Thomas

Elder

Mark & Janie Scanlan

Elder

Scott & Jill Marsh

Elder

John Mulholland, Lead Pastor

I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and when I was 6 years old, we moved to Peachtree City, Georgia. Our parents took us to church faithfully, and I went to Toccoa Falls College after high school to study missions. But, I was immature and left after my Freshman year. I met Anne there, and we were married in 1991. We spent the next several years “playing church,” and pursuing our own selfish interests.

In 1995, we both heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and over the next several years became Christians and slowly began to submit our lives to him. By 1998, we had three children, and began to wonder what life would be like if we were serving God in full-time ministry. I went to Dallas Christian College and received a Bachelor of Science in Ministry and Leadership, then Indiana Wesleyan University for a Master of Arts, also in Ministry and Leadership.

My ministry career began with Eastview Christian Church in Cedar Rapids, IA, then Naperville Christian Church in Naperville, IL, and Worthington Christian Church in Worthington, MN; in each of these roles I worked with students and families. In 2017, I became Lead Pastor at WestWay. I love WestWay and I love western Nebraska!

My hope for WestWay is that we would be a unified church body that is focused on faithfully proclaiming Jesus as Lord through our words and our actions…that people wouldn’t just hear it from us but that they might see it expressed in our lives.

Joe Petersen, Pastor of Adult Ministries

I grew up on a farm in Tilden Nebraska, the youngest of 9 children, in a Christian home where Bible Study and singing worship songs was our way of life. I accepted Jesus as Lord of my life while at church camp at 9 years old. It was also at that camp that I met a cute little girl named Sheryl, who would 11 years later agree to become my wife.

After graduating high school in 1980, I stayed home and farmed for a few years before moving to the western end of the state where I worked on a couple large farms and a Dairy. With each move, my wife and I, and our little family, became involved in the local church leading singing and teaching Bible classes.

In January of 1988 we moved to Gering, NE where I accepted the position as Principal of a very small Christian School that met at The Church of Christ. At that time, I began taking classes at Platte Valley Bible College (now Summit Christian College), and served in the Navy Reserves.

In May of 2001 I joined the staff here at WestWay Christian Church as custodian for 4 months, as Pastor of Children’s Ministries for 19 years and am currently serving as the Pastor of Adult Ministries. Here, our 6 children have grown to adulthood with the help of this wonderful community called WestWay Christian Church.

Cody Petersen, Pastor of Creative Arts

I was born in Alliance in 1987 and my family moved to the Scottsbluff/Gering area shortly after.  I grew up attending church with my family and started attending WestWay when I was in middle school.  Through the influence of many loving adults at WestWay, my faith finally became real to me in high school.  At a CIY Move event, I devoted my life to full time ministry and made the decision to attend Nebraska Christian College to pursue a degree in Worship Arts.

While at NCC, I struggled with my own immaturity and laziness and ended up being placed on academic suspension. God used this period in my life to learn and grow and continued to place people in my life that would help guide me through that  transformation process. It was during this time that I started dating my wife, Meghan. After my academic hiatus I returned to NCC, married Meghan in 2011, and graduated with a BA in Student Ministry in 2013.

While finishing up my degree, I worked part-time at a brand new church plant in Plattsmouth, NE (One Life Church) for two years until we found out Meghan was pregnant with our daughter, Rylee who was born in 2014. We started looking for a full time position and I was hired as the Youth Pastor at Countryside Christian Church in Kearney, NE. We served in Kearney for two years and then moved to Lamar, CO where I served as the Youth/Associate Pastor for five years.  Our son, Aiden was born in Lamar in 2016. In 2021, I was hired at WestWay as the Pastor of Creative Arts and we are excited to be back in Western Nebraska ministering at a church that had such a huge impact on my life.

My hope and prayer for the Creative Arts ministry at WestWay would be that we would live out Romans 12…living a life of worship that is evident through the transformation process that God is working out in us. 

Megan Hanson, Office Administrator

I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1989 and lived there until the fall of 2004 when my parents and two siblings moved to Gering. I have an older sister who lives in Casper, Wyoming with her husband and a younger brother who lives in Gering with his son. 

I graduated from Summit Christian College in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree and went on to Lincoln Christian University where I received a TESOL Certificate in 2015. I have been working in the office at WestWay since May of 2016. 

Jim Miller, Facilities Manager/Elder

I was born in Scottsbluff in July of 1958. I was baptized in 1976 and that same year I joined the Navy, and then I retired from the Navy in February of 1999. I met my wife, Linda, at a youth group at First Christian Church in Scottsbluff and we were married  on June 2, 1979 in Charleston, SC and now we live in Gering. We have three children and five grandchildren. 

I began attending WestWay in January 1999 and Linda began in May of 1998. I have served in various roles here at WestWay throughout the years and have been serving as an elder since 2006. I have worked at WestWay as the Facilities Manager since December of 2001. And my hobbies are hanging with my grandchildren and watching/coaching soccer. 

One of my favorite chapters of scripture is Philippians 4.