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512 Camilla Ave.

Ozark, Al 36360

Westview Heights United Methodist Church

exists to make disciples for the transformation of the world in Ozark. We seek to deploy our faith in the Holy Spirit  by sharing the love of Jesus Christ humbly, boldly, and passionately with our neighbors. 


Created by Rev. Clay Lassiter


Westview is a United Methodist Church that was founded in 1956 on the growing edge of Ozark.  Our church today has changed some over the years, but our mission remains the same, sharing Jesus with the world around us.  


Very simply, our vision is to be a church who loves God with all our heart and loves the world around us and to see people's lives transformed through discipleship. 

Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Jabe J. Fincher, Jr.


Basic biography:  

Born in Houston, Texas in 1960. Moved to Alabama in 1982. Started pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church in 1994. Since that time, I have served 23 churches. Married to Lynn. My hobbies include fishing, wood model shipbuilding, genealogy, history, help others and counseling.



 B.S. in History/Sociology from University of West Alabama (honors scholar)-1999


Five Year Course of Study at Candler School of Theology (Emory University)- 2000-2005


Master of Divinity-Asbury Theological Seminary-2014


Ph.D. in Christian Counseling- Newburgh Theological Seminary-2015

            Dissertation: “Crisis Intervention in an Immediate Post-Disaster

            Environment: The Church Being the Church”



Member of American Association of Christian Counselors    2014-date


State Certified Volunteer Firefighter (160 hour course)—(1989) Alabama State fire College, Tuscaloosa. July


Numerous counseling, disaster response, and leadership continuing education courses through FEMA, Headington Institute, Ala. DHR, and others.


Following is a partial list:


IS-235b-Emergency Planning

IS-00240a- Leadership and Influence

IS-00241a- Decision Making and Problem Solving

IS-00910-Emergency Management Preparedness Fundamentals

IS-00242a- Effective Communication

IS-00360- Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and houses of Worship

IS-00106.13- Workplace Violence Awareness Training

IS-00907—Active Shooter: What You Can Do

IS-00235b-Emergency Planning

IS-00244a—Developing and Managing Volunteers

IS-00035.10- FEMA Safety Orientation

IS-00368—Including People with Disabilities & Others with Access and Functional Needs in Disaster Operations.

IS-559- Local damage assessment

Trauma and Critical Incident Care for Humanitarian Workers-Headington Institute

Psychological First Aid- University of Minnesota

Mandated Reporter’s Training- Ala. Dept. of Human Resources

Skywarn Spotter Training