Westside Student Ministry


A Place to Belong

  • Be Part of Something Special

    If you’re looking for an authentic Christian community that will love you for who you are and accept you no matter your past, then Westside’s Student Ministry is for you! When you visit Westside, you aren’t just a face in the crowd–you’re part of our family.

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    A Place to Grow

    • Deepen Your Faith in Jesus

      We provide students with the opportunity to explore the Bible, ask tough questions, and deepen their knowledge of the Christian faith. But most importantly, we want students to experience the love, healing, and transformation of Jesus in a powerful and personal way.

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      A Place to Serve

      • You Can Make a Difference

        Jesus invites us to use our talents, passions and resources to give back to the community through acts of love and service. That’s why serving others is such a big emphasis in our Student Ministry. If you want to be part of a Student Ministry that gives back, Westside is the place for you!

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        A Place to Share

        • Share the Love of God with Others

          The world is full of critics and messages of division and hate. That’s why it’s more important than ever to share the good news of Jesus Christ. We don’t want to be a museum for saints; we want to be a hospital for the hurting. At Westside, you’ll learn to share your faith with others, invite people to experience God, and lead people to Christ.

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          Student Ministry Gatherings

          Our Student Ministry meets throughout the week to focus on building positive relationships with other students, growing in our faith, and providing space for students to ask tough questions and express their doubts, fears, hopes and dreams. We hope you’ll be our guest and join our Student Ministry family.

          Sunday Morning

          Classes for 7th-12th grade students at 10:30am in Room #604

          Wednesday Night

          Dinner (5:30pm) and a Bible Study (6:30pm) every week in Room #604

          Small Groups

          Sunday Night dinner and small group discussion throughout the year.

          Camps & Retreats

          Overnight activities featuring worship, games, and spiritual growth.

          Featured Event

          • Merry Christmas Madness 4.0

            Our students and parents had an amazing time getting into the Christmas spirit at this year’s Merry Christmas Madness! Congratulations to our college ministry for narrowly beating out the junior high team to be the 2018 MXM champions! Check out all the videos on Facebook using the #MXMBAKO.

          Check it out!

            Annual Events

            In addition to meeting during the week, we have several big events that give students a chance to serve in their community, meet new friends, and grow closer to Jesus.


            Calendar & Social Media

            • Subscribe Today!

              Use the links below to find us online or subscribe to our Student Ministry calendar and get all of our events pushed directly to your computer, phone or tablet. You can also view our calendar online at westsidelife.org/YMcalendar.

            • Get Our Texts!

              Join our Student Ministry texting group through “Remind” by texting @WestsideSM to 81010. Or download the Remind app by visiting rmd.at/westsidesm.





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            Meet Our Student Minister

            • Bryan Fojtasek

              Bryan has been the Student Minister at Westside since 2014. He studied Youth Ministry at Pepperdine University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He’s worked with churches in New Jersey, Texas, Northern California, Southern California and now here in Bakersfield. When he’s not working with our students, he enjoys spending time with his wife Traci and his two sons.

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              Join the Team!

              We are looking for people who love God and want to bless our junior high and high school students. Click the button or use the form at the bottom of this page and our Student Minister will reach out to you to discuss how you can get involved in this amazing ministry!


              Check back here for more information about our 2019 Summer Internship program. This 12 week, paid internship program gives you the chance to develop your ministry skills while assisting our Student Minister with the summer Student Ministry program.

              Apply Today!

                Let’s Get Connected

                Fill out this form to learn about our Student Ministry at Westside. After you do, we’ll be in touch soon to follow up!