The West Side Church

A Vision of Tomorrow • A Legacy of Praise • A Beacon of Hope


The West Side Church, 228 S. Hinkley Ave., Rockford, IL 61102 • (815) 964-3256


Our Leadership

Maurice A. West, Lead Pastor/District Superintendent

SUPERINTENDENT MAURICE A. WEST grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. The Lord saved him in April 1972 on the campus of Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO, and the Lord soon called him into the ministry.  His early ministerial training came under the stern tutelage of the late Apostle Ted Byrd, founder and overseer of the Christ Is the Answer Deliverance Centers of America.  (It was at Christ Is the Answer that he met his future wife.)

After receiving his bachelor's degree in 1975, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and served under Dr. James T. Jefferson, Sr., of the Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ.  While he lived in St. Louis, he and his sweetheart from Kansas City, SHARON D. CARSON, were married in 1976 and they continue together in joy after over 40 years of marriage.  He was ordained in 1978 upon the recommendation of Dr. Jefferson.

Due to a job opportunity and directed by the leading of the Lord, the couple moved to Elgin, Illinois, in 1978. While there he served in many capacities under the late Administrative Assistant Leonard Spates, Sr., of the Spates Temple Church of God in Christ including church business manager, mid-week Bible study teacher, and, for a period, as District Evangelist.  He also conducted a radio broadcast until the cost became prohibitive and led an evangelistic team in weekly door-to-door ministry in Elgin.  While in Elgin, the Lord blessed the couple with two sons.

He and his family moved to Rockford in 1991 to serve as assistant pastor to Pastor Loren Lambert, pastor of West Side Church of God in Christ. He served as Assistant Pastor and Sunday School Superintendent for eight years.  He also completed his Master’s degree in Business Administration with Distinction from Keller Graduate School of Management during this time.

Upon Pastor Lambert’s death, Bishop Dennis Flakes, appointed him as the pastor of West Side Church in February 1999. During his time as pastor, the church has been completely remodeled, the church campus has been expanded, a parking lot and addition has been added, contemporary ministries have been added, and the church has a vibrant focus on its community.  In October 2010, Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, appointed him as Superintendent of the Wonder District (covering an area from Milwaukee to Freeport) to replace the retiring Superintendent.  He continues in that capacity.

He retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation after nearly 35 years of service in 2012 to focus on the work of the ministry and helping his region.  Since retiring, he was appointed by the Mayor to be one of three Commissioners on the Rockford Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.  In 2017, he was elected as Chairman. He is also a board member of Rockford Corridor Improvement and First Vice President of the Rockford Ministers Fellowship.  The improvement of the region is vitally important to him to help elevate the economic opportunities for everyone in the community.

He and First Lady West have two adult sons, Elder Maurice A. West II, with his lovely wife, Leslie, West Side’s Minister of Music and the Illinois State Representative from the 67th District, and Mark A. West, a theater professional living in Chicago.  What a joy it is for them to boast on God’s goodness in blessing both of their children to have college degrees, live on their own, be saved and love the Lord Jesus Christ!

Sharon D. West, First Lady

EVANGELIST SHARON D. WEST is also a native of Kansas City, Missouri, where she attended the public schools of Kansas City and Penn Valley Community College.  She received her Evangelist Missionary license in the Churches of God in Christ in April 1982 while a member of Spates Temple Church of God in Christ, Elgin, Illinois, upon the recommendation of her mentor and guide, the late District Missionary Ruth Campbell. 

While working under that ministry she worked in the following areas, among others: volunteer on the Community Crisis Center Advisory Board of Elgin; president of the Young Women Christian Council (YWCC) presenting many workshops; instructor in the State Sunday School workshops of First Jurisdiction of Illinois, under the leadership of the late Bishop Louis Henry Ford, Presiding Bishop; participant as an instructor for Marriage Seminars and Self-Awareness workshops with the Louise Forshe Ministries of Elgin; Adult Class Sunday School teacher at Spates Temple (an area where she continues to work in at West Side Church).

Her personal vision is to help as many as possible to understand how to live victorious lives in Christ Jesus by instructing people according to the Scriptures on how to confront every challenge that life and the devil sends their way through her “Women’s Mentoring Sessions” teaching classes.  Also, this vision consists of helping young women to know their rightful places in God, their homes, and their churches.  In 2011, this part of her vision has birthed the “Bravehearts Women’s Community Support Group”, a ministry directed toward at-risk single mothers in the community.  Bravehearts migrated to a more focused ministry called ANEW, which is yet under construction.

Lady West graduated from Rock Valley College with honors in 2012 and received her bachelor's degree in Human Services Management from Cardinal Stritch University of Milwaukee, WI (again with honors!).  

Lady West’s favorite Scripture is Jude 24 & 25 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.  Amen.