Tom Ogburn

Tom Ogburn became Senior Pastor for Westwood Baptist Church on September 30, 2018. Before coming to Westwood Tom served as pastor for congregations in Knoxville, Tennessee and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Tom also spent a decade as a missionary and as a part of the missions staff for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Tom is a graduate of Campbell University (B.S.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University (D.Min.). Tom shares a history with Westwood, serving as its church planter and first pastor, however he is more excited about the future he and the church have together in ministry.  


Tom has been married to Beth for over 30 years and remains thrilled that she said “yes” those many years ago. They are grateful for their family. They have a son, Aaron. He and is wife, Grace, serve as missionaries with Pioneer Bible Translators. They also have a daughter, Elizabeth, who is finishing graduate degrees in social work and theology. Beth is an ordained minister and works in hospice as a Bereavement Coordinator. Tom is touched by how she loves and cares for those walking the journey with grief.  


Tom is trying to grow his skills in the kitchen and has recently found a love for fly-fishing. He has a passion for books and a love for history. He also has a ridiculously large collection of elephants from across the globe. Tom and Beth enjoy spending time with people, hearing their life story.


Keith Vaughn

Ministry: Keith Vaughn joined the Westwood family as Associate Pastor in June of 2009..

 

Education: Keith graduated from Stetson University in 1986, where he earned his BA degree in Religious Studies. He graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1989 with a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in teaching. In 2012, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Campbell University Divinity School with a concentration in Christian Education.

 

Family: Keith is married to Teresa, who is employed at Wake Radiology. They have two sons, Nic and Josh.

 

Chris Haire

Chris Haire joined the Westwood family as Interim Minister of Music in March 2018. Previously, he has served as the Minister of Music at several other Triangle-area churches.


 

Chris is a North Carolina native and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BSBA), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv/Church Music), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (PhD/Music Education).



Michelle Anderson

Ministry: Michelle Anderson joined the Westwood family as Minister of Youth in May of 2004.



Education: Michelle graduated from Wake Forest University in 2003, where she earned a BA degree in Psychology. In 2007, she received a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Christian Education from Campbell University Divinity School.


 

Family: She is married to Ben Anderson, who is a Media Specialist at McGee’s Crossroads Elementary School in Angier.

Jennifer Watkins

Jennifer Watkins joined the Westwood Baptist staff as Secretary/Receptionist in April 2015.

 

She lives in Garner with her two children Johnathan (8) and Jenna (7). Jennifer is also a preacher's daughter. Her deceased father, Rev. John Shelton, died in 1995 while serving as pastor of Inwood Baptist in Raleigh. Also, Jennifer's 7 year old daughter is a cancer survivor of 4 1/2 years. She was diagnosed at age 1 with Neuroblastoma, but praise God she has been cancer free for 4 1/2 years. Jennifer is a active member of First Baptist Church; Garner where Jennifer serves in the Worship Choir.