About Us - History of the Mountain Island church
On May 13, 1962, the first service of the Westside church of
Christ was held in a remodeled home on Rozzelles Ferry Road in
Charlotte, North Carolina. Approximately 100 attended.
Fifteen to twenty families who lived in or around the westside
area and had formerly worshiped at the Plaza congregation formed
the Westside church through many long, hard hours of planning
by brother Dave Rickelton. Johnny Sewell served as minister. Financial
assistance to start Westside came from the Plaza church in Charlotte,
the Dilworth church in Charlotte (now the Archdale Road church)
and the Wingate church in Nashville, Tennessee.
The building for Westside at 4527 Freedom Drive was completed
and the first service held there in the summer of 1964, with Johnny
Sewell as minister. Elders were first appointed in 1975. In July,
1985, eight Spanish Christians began meeting as a church of Christ
for worship and classes in the multi-purpose room of the Westside
church that was added to the facilities in 1968.
The brethren who have served Westside as elders from 1975 to
the present are: Calvin Bennett, George Painter, Sr., Gene Parker,
George Benfield, Andy Hood, and Lee Whitecotton. The current elders
are Ben Womack, Clyde Gilbert, Dale Pendergrass, Dan Whitecotton,
and Gary Sanderson.
Many fine men have served here as deacons over the years. Our
current list includes: Angel Rodriguez, Bob Scott, Clyde Eidson,
Dave Reed, Dennis Lively, Eric Wilson, Ron Norris, and Scott Lively.
Evangelists who have served Westside over the past 50 years are:
Johnny Sewell (1962-1966), Paul Kidwell, Sr. (1966-1970), R.C.
Walker, Sr. (1970-1974), E.A. (Al) Furline (1975-1978), Ted Rush
(1978-1984), Jerry Laxson (1985-1992), Phillip Johnson (1992-1996),
J.T. (Terry) Wheeler (1996-2014), Joe Williams (2015-present),
Francisco Vejar (Spanish Congregation, 1985-1994), and Diomedes
Damian (Spanish congregation, 1994-present).
Westside moved from Freedom Drive to Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
in May, 2008 and became the Mountain Island church of Christ.