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Faith Staff
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  • Steve Ratliff, Senior Pastor
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    What do you do at Faith?
    I teach on Sunday mornings and serve as one of Faith’s elders. I help provide overall vision and direction to Faith.

    What about your family?
    I have been married to Brenda since 1983. Our daughter Charissa lives with her husband Jake in Farmington, NM, and our daughter Rose lives in Wichita with her husband Ben. Our son, Riley, is a student at K-State.

    What brought you to Manhattan?
    In 1988 Faith E Free had organized as a church and was looking for its first pastor. I was graduating from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and looking for a place to serve. Faith seemed like a good fit for Brenda and me. . . we’ve been here ever since!

    Hobbies?
    I love woodworking. My specialty is making Windsor chairs using old-school hand tools. I often remind Brenda, “It’s cheaper than therapy.”

    Where are you from originally?
    I grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. When we moved there from Tennessee someone told my mom, “I’ve heard of people moving away from Mississippi, but I’ve never heard of anyone moving to Mississippi.” Mississippians are so misunderstood.

    Top 2 movies?
    What About Bob? and LOTR Trilogy
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  • Brian Anderson, Pastor of Equipping
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    What do you do at Faith?

    I’ve served as the Pastor of Equipping here at Faith since 2000. My main passion for the church is to help it reach its full Kingdom potential. One aspect of this is helping individuals understand and utilize their spiritual gifting for the good of the church. Another aspect of this is helping the church function with good systems and structures in all of our ministries. One area I spend a lot of time on is our group ministry. We want to help everyone connect in life-giving relationships here at Faith.

    What about your family?
    Cindy and I married in 1986. She teaches pre-school. We have four great kids: Drew (married to Cassidy), Philip (married to Annica), Maddie and Sam.

    Who do you cheer for?
    I went to my first Nebraska football game as an 8-year-old boy in 1972. I’ve been hooked ever since. And so I pull for all things Husker. I do cheer for the Royals too.

    Where are you from originally?
    I grew up on a farm in south-central Nebraska by a little town named Funk. Ever been there?

    Favorite Cuisine?
    Oh, I love BBQ. Jack’s Stack in KC is my favorite, but I love Cox Brothers too.

    How did you meet your spouse?
    Cindy and I were both part of summer-long beach project with Cru in San Diego when we were college students. It had to be a God thing that a boy from Nebraska met a girl from South Carolina in California and two years later got married.
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  • Chris Barker, Next Generation Pastor
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    What do you do at Faith?
    I oversee programming that happens for children and students from birth through 18 years of age. I work with the NextGen team to make sure we are giving children and students the things that most effectively lead towards a great relationship with Jesus at the earliest possible age. A lot of my time is spent experimenting with how the church can best partner with parents.

    What about your family?
    I married my wife Amy in 2003. I love the memories we share. Mason, Emma and Kate complete our little tribe.

    What brought you to Manhattan?
    I came to Kansas State in the Fall of 2000 for school. I attended Faith as a student and am grateful for the chance to work as Faith's NextGen pastor now.

    Hobbies?
    I love telling stories.  Writing, video production and speaking are all fun ways to share those stories.  Spending time backpacking in the Rockies with Amy is another passion of mine.

    Who do you cheer for?
    I have been a wildcat from Kindergarten all the way through college at Kansas State. Baseball is my favorite sport; cheering for the Royals has been a lot more fun in recent years!
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  • Russell Soppe, Associate Pastor
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    What do you do at Faith?
    I serve as an Associate Pastor working within our High School Ministry and our Adult Ministry. Within the High School Ministry I give general oversight including teaching, coaching students and program leadership. Within our Adult Ministries I have been helping with equipping classes, leadership development and implementation of some strategic processes related to our critical pathways for spiritual growth.

    What about your family?
    Alison and I have been married since December 28th, 2002. We met while serving on a year-long mission trip with Youth Encounter after we had both finished college. Alison grew up in the St. Louis area while I was roaming the northern Midwest. We were blessed with twin sons, Caleb and Joshua, in 2008. Micah, our third, joined the family in 2010. Hannah our daughter was born in 2013.

    Favorite Restaurants?
    Panera Bread, Chic-fil-A, and Radinas.

    Hobbies?
    I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids. I spend a fair bit of time playing with the kids doing various things like reading, going on a hike, playing board games or video games, and swimming in the summer. I also enjoy drawing, wood carving, sand casting, and painting whenever I get the chance and have creative ideas for projects.

    Where are you from originally?
    I was born in Rockford Illinois, moved to Norfolk, Virginia at age 2-3, then to Alverado, Minnesota in 1st grade, then to Davenport Iowa in 4th grade, then to Stevens Point, Wisconsin in 8th grade and finally to Hammond, Wisconsin in 11th grade. I went to college in St. Paul, Minnesota, then I traveled for a year mainly in the Northwest United States and four months in Taiwan. I was married in St. Louis, and then moved to Baraboo, Wisconsin to serve as a youth pastor for 2 years. I attended seminary in Chicago, and am now residing here in Manhattan, the Little Apple!
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  • Logan Lindahl, Worship Pastor
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    What do you do at Faith?
    As Worship Pastor I am in charge of leading the worship portion of Sunday morning services. This includes administrating the worship team in their duties, training new members, and planning the overall flow of Sunday mornings. My goal is to create a comfortable worship atmosphere for people to engage with what the Holy Spirit is already at work doing.

    What about your family?
    I am married to an incredibly beautiful and spontaneous woman named Amy. I’ve become a much weirder person since marrying her, and I mean that in the best way possible. We have a blast bike riding, dancing, traveling, and eating copious amounts of Baskin Robbins ice cream.

    Do you play board games?
    Dominion. No other game allows you to use nouns as verbs, thus making it the nerdiest game ever, and I love it. “I would like to ‘Library’ my ’Smithy’.”

    Favorite book?
    I really enjoyed the Circle Series by Ted Dekker. I loved its fast pace plot as well as its biblical parallels. “Don’t ever underestimate what Elyon (God) can do with a piece of wood.”

    What is your earliest memory?
    I remember sneaking over to my neighbors house with my friend Tegan because we thought it looked like a haunted castle. After the owners bribed us with McDonald’s happy meal toys so that we would get off of their property, we left for 10 minutes before coming back again for more toys.
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  • Sam Creagar, Outreach Pastor
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    What do you do for Faith?
    I work with the pastoral staff, Outreach Team, and ministry leaders in the coordination and administration of our local and international outreach efforts. Want to learn more about what it means to love God by loving and serving others? Come talk to me. Want to find somewhere in the community to serve? Come talk to me. Thinking about international missions? You guessed it, come talk to me!

    Tell me a little about your family.
    My wife Alison is beautiful, brilliant, and the person I most love sharing my ilife with. We met while at K-State, fell in love while living in Manhattan, and spent the first three years of our marriage in Littleton, Colorado. Although living just hours from the Rocky Mountains was incredible, we both loved Manhattan too much to stay away. We enjoy hiking the Konza, hitting up our favorite coffee shops and bookstores, and spending time with friends.

    Favorite books?
    This question could take me hours to answer. Anything and everything by C.S. Lewis, especially Till We Have Faces. I love studying Scripture, so if you ever want to talk theology or theologians, come knock on my door. Oh, and if you've never heard of Patrick Rothfuss, do yourself a favor and go buy a copy of The Name of the Wind. You won't regret it.

    Favorite sports teams?
    Collegiate: All things K-State. Professional: All things Kansas City (Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC)

    Where are you originally from?
    I was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas.

    Favorite places to eat?
    Arrow Coffee, Baan Thai, Taco Lucha, Chipotle. If I'm in Kansas City, it's Kansas City Joe's or The Salty Iguana.

    Any hobbies?
    I love reading. Theology, biography, science fiction, fantasy...if it's good, I'll read it. I enjoy searching the shelves at used bookstores. I like hiking, fishing, and camping. My wife and I really enjoy something called letterboxing; ask us about it sometime. We also like board games. And if dogs can be a hobby, they are most certainly one of mine.
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  • Debbie Kluitenberg, Church Administrator
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    What do you do at Faith?
    I complete a variety of tasks including paying the bills, entering the giving transactions, processing payroll, publishing bulletins, eBlasts, and processing information from out Connection Cards.

    What about your family?
    My husband Gerard and I met and married in California. A few years later we spent 4 ½ years in Ames, Iowa while Gerard attended ISU. During that time we had our two sons Nathan and Matthew. Gerard was offered a position at K-State and we have been in Manhattan for many years now. Our oldest son Nathan married his lovely wife, Stephanie and they both live in Manhattan. Our youngest son Matthew lives in Pullman, WA.

    Where are you from originally?
    Alameda, California

    Hobbies?
    Knitting, quilting/sewing, etc.

    How did you meet your spouse?
    I met Gerard in the church nursery as a toddler. We attended the same church growing up.
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  • Janelle Case, Facilities Director, NextGen Admin
    ObscureJanelle

    What do you do at Faith?
    I am responsible for the upkeep of the facilities along with overseeing the Custodians and coordinating the use of the church. I also am the Administrator for Faith’s NextGen program, which involves ages 0-18. I work directly with the NextGen Directors to ensure that Faith NextGen program is equipped to serve our Faith families.

    What about your family?
    My husband Ray works for Florence Manufacturing. We have two children. Our oldest Cherrine is married to Lowell Scott. Our youngest Charles is married to Shawna and they have our two wonderful grandchildren, Termperance and Zaiden.

    How did you meet your spouse?
    Ray and I attended Bible School at New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson, Michigan. We had to sit alphabetically in every class and with my maiden name Chadbourn and Ray's name Case, we sat by each other in every class.

    What brought you to Manhattan?
    Ray was in the Army when we came to Manhattan from Germany in 1993. We immediately fell in love with Manhattan and Faith so decided he would not re-enlist in the Army and we would stay in Manhattan.

    What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?
    Growing up I always looked forward to visiting my Grandparents. When I started the 7th grade, my Grandma moved into a downtown high rise where we lived. I walked to school and home each day so I would stop by her apartment every day after school and she would give me a dollar to go across the street to the local dime store and get a soda pop and candy.
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  • Christine White, Middle School Director
    ObscureCW

    What do you do at Faith?
    As Middle School director I work closely with a team of small group leaders that invest deeply in the lives or our students. We strive to provide an environment that is rich in community and anchored in a trusting relationship with small group leaders. As director, I have the opportunity to plan events that allow our students to have fun and build friendships while developing a more mature and growing faith. I pray our students can experience the joy in a loving and saving relationship with Christ and that our ministry can affirm them in this journey.

    What about your family?
    I share my life with my husband, Brad and our four boys Jack, Nic, Ben, and Sam.

    What brought you to Manhattan?
    K-State brought us to Manhattan from our home state of Missouri.  My husband is a veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine and we have loved this town since we first moved here.  I love that my kids will remember this town as their “hometown”.

    Hobbies?
    Vegetable and flower gardening are some of my most favorite things.  The peace and relaxation from working with nature is hard to match in my world.

    Who do you cheer for?
    In this season of my life, I love to cheer for my kids.  I have always enjoyed sports, but watching my boys play along with the kids they have grown up with - it just doesn’t get any better than that.  And of course I love to cheer for K-State!  We love, love, love football season.

    How did you meet your spouse?
    We met during veterinary school in 1993.
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  • Doug Gurgel, Elementary Director
    ObscureDG

    What do you do at Faith?
    I spend my time helping connect elementary aged kids and families to Jesus. Day-to-day that means supporting a super team of dedicated volunteers who love to show the light of Jesus to elementary-aged kids, as well as planning events for families to experience the joy of faith together.

    What about your family?
    My wife Ruth and I celebrated ten years of marriage in August 2016. We have been blessed to share more than half of the adventure with our daughter Mira and son Levi.

    What brought you to Manhattan?
    Manhattan’s welcoming people and wide-open skies made it a good fit for our family and K-State a great place for my wife’s work as an Assistant Professor of Music Education. We have enjoyed getting to know the Great Plains since the summer of 2014.

    Hobbies?
    I enjoy exploring new places, especially getting outdoors to hike, bike, or camp.

    Who do you cheer for?
    Having spent most of my childhood in Wisconsin, the Packers and Badgers are particular favorites.

    How did you meet your spouse?
    I went to college with one of my wife’s cousins. After several years of traversing the country (and a bit of the world), we both wound up teaching in Christian schools in Wisconsin, and he suggested we meet. I am glad he did!
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  • Hillary Koch, Preschool Director
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    What do you do at Faith?
    I get the honor and joy of sharing the Gospel of Jesus with some pretty amazing little people! I’m a champion for our amazing volunteers and someone who can be an encouragement to our families during these early years of parenting and child development.

    What about your family?
    I am married to my most wonderful husband, Jared, and we have two amazing kids, Gavin and Grace. I can’t imagine life without them!

    What brought you to Manhattan?
    We made the move from Onaga, KS to Manhattan in 2015 to better serve at Faith and in our homeschooling community. We just love Manhattan - not too big, not too little!

    Hobbies?
    Our family loves board games, reading books together and riding our bikes. We also enjoy going to the swimming pool as often as possible in the summer.

    Who do you cheer for?
    Well, of course we cheer for the Wildcats, but having grown up in Colorado, Jared and I both still bleed Bronco orange and blue - we were environmentally conditioned from a very young age!!

    How did you meet your spouse?
    A long long time ago, in a college far far away I met Jared. I can only say, the Lord gave me a most patient husband who waited 5 years for me to wake up and smell the roses.
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