Michael Mudlaff

Senior Pastor

Michael is a proud cheesehead from Wisconsin but moved to Iowa and received his B.A. (International Relations, Religion, Politics) at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, in 1988.  From there, he went on to receive his M.A. (International Affairs) at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 1991, and his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, in 1997.  In addition to his work at Westkirk, Michael was on the founding committee and is a past director on the Urbandale Food Pantry Board.  He also serves on the Pastoral Advisory Board of Joshua Christian Academy in urban Des Moines and the Board of Directors for Point of Light Ministries.  Michael is a past member of the Board of Alumni Directors at Cornell College where he received the Leadership and Service Award from the college in 2013.  Michael equips pastors globally with Pathways.

Michael and Sasha live 5 minutes away from Westkirk in Clive, Iowa.  They have four sons.  Micah is an officer in the United States Air Force, Jonah is an artist and recent graduate of Trinity Christian College, Nathanael is a student at California Baptist University, and Isaiah continues high school at Des Moines Christian School.  Sasha is an active part of her local, family business, Hamilton’s Funeral Home and After Life Services, where she serves as Vice President.  She has written or collaborated on 3 books for children related to grief and trauma including, A Terrible Thing Happened.  She is a requested speaker, trainer and counselor with children and has presented at the International Network of Children’s Ministry conferences in Kansas City and Atlanta.
The Mudlaffs enjoy the arts, rooting for the Hawkeyes and Packers, traveling (especially to National Parks) and going to “the Lake.”


Assistant Pastor of Worship and Ministry Development

Nathan grew up in the Des Moines area and graduated with his BA in Bible from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL in 2011. He began attending Westkirk in 2015 and became a member shortly thereafter. With the encouragement of the church, he entered seminary in 2017 and earned his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA in May 2021. Nathan joined Westkirk’s staff as an Assistant Pastor in 2021. His primary goal is to help lead Westkirk in biblical and Reformed worship and has a desire to see this worship flourish in the homes of all our families.

He met and married his wife, Jessica while both attending seminary. They were married on January 11, 2020. Jessica is originally from the Bay Area in Northern California. She received her undergraduate degree from Reformation Bible College and Masters from Westminster Theological Seminary. Jessica is active with the women’s ministry at Westkirk and is passionate about biblical counseling and missions.

They welcomed their daughter, Winnie June, in January of 2022 and their son, Silas James, in November of 2023!

Nathan enjoys watching sports (Arsenal, Baltimore Orioles, and Iowa State), reading, playing golf, and spending time with friends and family. Jess enjoys art (has worked in graphic design), music, and exploring God's creation. Together, they love spending time outside with Winnie and Silas.


Assistant Pastor of Discipleship

Styles grew up in Winterset, IA. His parents were faithful to bring him up in a Christian home, and their love and instruction did and continues to influence him in a positive way. He was homeschooled and then graduated from Simpson College, Indianola in 2012. In May 2023, he graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary with a M.Div.

In 2014 Styles married his wife, Amy, whom he met while working together at a Christian summer camp. God had called Styles to pastoral ministry at a young age, but it was largely through the gentle encouraging and support of Amy that he started to pursue that calling. She is his constant encouragement through both ministry and life as a whole and is undoubtedly his better half! Together, they have had three children: Styles Jr.(SJ), Declan, and Holly. Parenting is both a challenge and an absolute joy and Styles and Amy feel honored that God has called them to do so.

Styles started attending Westkirk as a member in 2007. He fell in love with Westkirk and got involved in various ministries throughout the church, most notably, Student Ministries. As Westkirk mentored and supported him through seminary, a part-time position opened up in February 2021, which he filled. In August of 2021, that part-time position turned into a full-time position, and he started as the Assistant Pastor of Discipleship. It was, and is, a joy for him to be on staff at the church he grew up in.

Styles and Amy enjoy hiking, cooking, spending time with family, and traveling when they are able. Styles particularly enjoys the Green Bay Packers, cars, car shows, motorcycles, and target sports…all of which Amy lovingly puts up with.