Founder and Senior Pastor
West Kenyon, founder and Senior Pastor of Four Peaks Christian Church and founder of Face Your Faith.com, is an entrepreneur and veteran of corporate America. He has founded and operated numerous businesses in various industries, both nationally and internationally, and for the past 20 years has owned and operated an international graphic design agency. A native Washingtonian, as in District of Columbia., West has also been politically active for many years, and has held an elected political position. West
received his education in Fine Art & Photography from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
West is the recipient of several photographic awards, including recognition from the Photographic Society of America for his work, in addition to having his work published internationally. He has also taught and written curriculum for the study of graphic design at the college level. West also continued his education through numerous seminars and classes focused on teaching the Word of God, missions, the history of the Bible, world religion, and for the past 17 years has served over 12,000 men and women as a volunteer Biblical counselor and teacher at the Phoenix Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.
Experiencing multiple traumatic moments in life, especially as a child, is often very difficult, if not debilitating, but even in these unimaginable times, God can and will do, if we allow it, everything that seems impossible in our lives, and that West says, is exactly what God has done for him. "Having grown up in a home that was fraught with disfunction, and molested at age six by a neighbor, was exceptionally challenging to say the least. But God kept the pressure on and allowed still more opportunities to grow me and mold me in to who I am today, such as witnessing American Airlines flight 77 fly into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 which was followed by the discovery of a brain tumor and subsequent brain surgery in 2005.
Today however, the anguish, anger and resentment I held against God, family and other people is gone. Today it is clear that God used all of this to bring a very angry stubborn person into an incomprehensible relationship with Him, which paved the way to truly forgive, and use everything God has, is and will allow in my life for nothing but good and that of serving others from what I have learned and experienced, and all in His name.”
What lead you to starting FPCC?
“The simple answer to this question is no more than having been asked throughout my 17 year teaching ministry at the Salvation Army, if I was a pastor, or if I taught at a church. After fielding and dismissing that line of questioning for many years, I found myself experiencing an ever increasing and very uncomfortable pressure, along with a very deep knowledge that I was willfully ignoring the "call" and for no other reason than a self imposed determination that I lacked all credibility in the filed of teaching God's Word.
Since then however, God has refused to leave me in peace. Incredibly, He has allowed Face Your Faith to grow exponentially in its first year of being online. Today FaceYourFaith.com has attracted over 250,000 visitors resulting in over 5000 studies being downloaded, and over 2400 clicks per week on our social media channels. These results were truly nothing I could have imagined and it was certainly an eye opening experience to fully realize and finally fully accept that God was indeed the one applying the pressure to serve others for Him in even greater ways.
And through the many experiences God has handed me throughout my life, both personally and professionally and my every growing passion to teach God's Word, God once again applied the pressure to listen to the call and follow through on embarking on yet another journey of a lifetime, and this time devoting my time fully to ministry, and hence Four Peaks.
My only desire and goal is to always teach God’s Word, passionately, boldly, unashamedly, and directly, and all while leaving no room for uncertainty or question of the Truth. It is also my sincere hope and prayer, that I will to the best of my ability live up to all God has in store for me at Four Peaks Christian Church and serve everyone very honorably in His name.
Through many discussions and much prayer, I believe everyone involved along the way has developed a church model which takes into account how Four Peaks Christian Church, can truly serve the Lord in a very unique way throughout our community and the world. Our mission is to lead by modeling authentic Christ centered, Bible centered worship, that is focused on continuous growth in our Lord and Savior through music and the spoken Word. Through all of this, It is my passion to serve those who are hungry to either find Christ or profoundly grow an already existing relationship with Him."
What does your personal time look like?
“I have been abundantly blessed with an amazing, loving and very patient wife who is in the medical sciences field, and two amazing children. My daughter who is finishing up her undergrad and will soon be off to vet school, and my son who is in a duel enrollment program earning his high school diploma in addition to an associates degree.
With regard to things I enjoy in my pastime, that would be cooking, travel, and working on/driving our collector cars and a good workout at the gym! I also love listening to online sermons from several of my favorite pastors while engaging in my various hobbies. Not only do I find this a great way to chill out, but it's a great way to be ministered to and a fantastic time to learn more about God and gain further inspiration, and there is defiantly no better workout routine than that."
Director of Administration
Joe Conner, currently serves his home state of Arizona as an executive officer in the Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion of the 158th Infantry Regiment in the Arizona National Guard. He also holds the prestigious title of U.S. Army Ranger. On the civilian side, Joe earned his degree from Arizona State University, in Civil Engineering, and currently serves as a nuclear engineer at Palo Verde Generating Station, the largest nuclear power plant in the United States.
Shaped through a multitude of unique, rigorous experiences and training throughout his career and his life, Joe says “I have experienced a lot for my age, and from this I can say with certainty that there is nothing in life that brings more fulfillment than my salvation and subsequent relationship with Jesus Christ.” Joe further expressed his passion to be on the path of constant growth in his relationship with the Lord, and hopes through this passion and understanding, God will use him to inspire others to seek God.
What lead you to get involved with FPCC?
“Unfortunately the church I grew up in did not challenge me to seek the most important thing in life and that was a relationship with Jesus Christ. In essence, I feel my home church failed me in this area and for no other reason than they appeared to be more focused on the historical content of the Bible rather than teaching how to apply the Word, and the path of what a true relationship in Christ looked like.
In addition, I sensed the church was far more focused on appearance and being attractive rather than remaining grounded and focused on the true mission of the church—God focused, Christ centered worship that truly builds the body of believers.
As a result, I lived my life in constant fear, anger and rebellion against God. I desperately sought after everything outside of God.
I put my identity in relationships, popularity, being a soldier and a Ranger, and above all else, fooling others as to who I really was. On the surface, I appeared to be the ideal, upstanding, Christian, American man that everyone would aspire to be. Yet under the surface, I loved stealing. I loved lying. I took great pleasure in how I could use my intelligence to manipulate and control others.
“Seek and you will find.” I sought to become a Ranger. It was my final hope for becoming exactly who I needed to be. I sought and I found, but I did not find what I intended. I put everything on the line, to once and for all prove I was in control, but God intervened and let me free fall to the lowest point in my life at which point I came to terms with how fraudulently I had lived my life and how much I needed to give up trying to make myself the man I desperately desired to be. It was at this low point however that I came to my senses and knew I needed to give up, and asked God to become Lord of my life. I still desire to put everything on the line and do whatever it takes, but this time around I'm putting it all on the line for Him.
It was all of this that led me to seeking a new direction and a passion for wanting more out of worship than I was able to find in the Valley. I strongly believe God has led me to this point and that of being a part of starting a place of worship that is solely focused on the bold basics of Christ centered teaching and music; in addition to creating a place for other like minded believers where they too can grow their relationship in a no “fluff” God focused environment.
What does your personal time look like?
“Full send is the motto I live my life by.” When I am not working at the nuclear facility or with the military, I enjoy staying physically active. Be it going to the gym, or carrying an overly heavy pack for 30 miles in the wilderness. Additionally, I love traveling the world and indulging in all of the nations various cuisines and cultures. When not traveling, I enjoy cooking, shooting, and blacksmithing to name a few. In due time, and should God see fit I hope to get married and raise a family in the not to distant future. Until then, God has me where I need to be to grow, mature, and serve Him.