Love God. Love Others. Love Serving.


Richard O’Connor is the pulpit minister. Richard joined the Westwood staff in October 2016. He was previously the pulpit minister at the Saks Church of Christ in Anniston, Alabama. Prior to that, Richard and Kim spent one year at the Northwest Tampa Church of Christ in Tampa, Florida where he was the preaching minister. Before that, Richard served as the minister at the Betta-View Hills Church of Christ in Oxford, Alabama for over 19 years. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Jacksonville State University, A Master of Ministry degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary. Richard and Kim have been married since 1983. Kim is a retired educator after over 28 years of service. They have a son John Bryan  who is a 2009 graduate of Jacksonville State University and is an educator and coach at Irving College Elementary School in McMinnville, TN.  John Bryan and his wife, Ragan have two children, Wrynlee and Layton.  Richard and Kim have another son Taylor who is 2014 graduate of Mississippi State University. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is an inside sales representative for Werner Trucking Company.

Travis Byrd is the youth minister here at Westwood.  Travis grew up in Hendersonville, TN and has previously served as Youth Minister in Athens, GA.  He holds a Communications degree from Lipscomb University where he met his wife Karley.  They both have a heart for ministry and love to show students that they have a place in God’s story.  Travis loves baseball, sweet tea and Chick Fil A.



Karley Byrd is the Children’s Minister at Westwood.  Karley was born in Memphis, TN where she attended the Great Oaks Church of Christ and graduated from Harding Academy.  From there she went to Lipscomb University where she got her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology and met her husband, Travis.  The two of them love to be outside, cheer on their favorite sports teams and spend time with their nephews.  Karley loves coffee and any type of chocolate


John Bryan O’Connor is the Young Adult Minister here at Westwood.  Prior to coming to Westwood, John Bryan has been a youth minister at Betta View Hills Church of Christ in Oxford, AL; Heritage Place Church of Christ in Irondale, AL and Ohatchee Church of Christ in Ohatchee,AL.  John Bryan is also a PE teacher with a degree from Jacksonville State University and is currently teaching and coaching basketball at Irving College Elementary School. John Bryan is married to Ragan and they have two children, Wrynlee and Layton.