Our mission is to lead people to grow in Christ, live connected, and take Jesus to others. That’s how we’re able to make a difference, and it’s the driving force behind everything we do.
A church isn’t a building—it’s the people. Our church campus is in Hays, Kansas, and people from Ellis county and beyond are a part of our church family. We think you’ll find friendly people who are excited to get to know you!
Life is not meant to be lived alone. With a strong community of friends, you can laugh, grow, and serve with people who genuinely care about you. Find a small group to join you on your journey.
Meet Our Team
Pastor Ken Ediger
Pastor Ken and Rachel Ediger have been at NOCC since 1988. The emphasis of his pulpit ministry is the careful study of the Bible, explaining passages verse by verse with an emphasis on applying the truth to daily life. Under Pastor Ken’s leadership, North Oak Community Church has experienced steady growth, expanded facilities, and multiplied its spiritual impact on the region and the world. He is a graduate of Grace University in Omaha, NE (BRE), Kansas State University (MS), and Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM).
Pastor Ken and Rachel were married in 1974 and have two grown daughters: Sara (Joshua) Froese and Nicole (Jonathan) Iman. They enjoy spending time with grandson Jacob, and granddaughters Bethany, Lily, Emma and Valerie.
“I am called to help people understand and relate God’s word (The Bible) to life. I believe that NOCC is a friendly church family that welcomes people from a variety of backgrounds, taking people where they are and helping them move forward in Christ. We really are about Growing in Christ, Living Connected, and Taking Him to Others. My wife, Rachel, and I are blessed to serve the North Oak family and our community. We are both committed to actively using our God-given gifts, skills, and abilities in serving Christ through his Church.” – Pastor Ken
Associate Pastor Dave Buller
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Pastor Dave and Emily began at North Oak in 2016. Dave brings a passion for making disciples and reaching the lost, and has been in ministry for 23 years. He graduated from Tabor College with a degree in Biblical & Religious Studies and from Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary with an M.Div. They have four kids and Emily is a stay-at-home mom.
“Jesus said it. Now let’s do it. There is a lot of brokenness in this world and in our lives. Jesus has come to free us from that. Join us in this mission to bring hope and healing in Jesus’ name.”
Youth Pastor Dustin Mulkey
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Pastor Dustin began as the Youth Pastor in June of 2019. Originally from Hays, he grew up attending North Oak and is excited that God led him to serve as Youth Pastor. He strives to be a friend to all and has a heart for the lost. Dustin studied at Central Christian College of Kansas and has served in youth ministry since high school.
He serves on the Southern District’s Youth Commission and as a Board Member for Teens for Christ Connection.
Dustin loves Jesus, camping, music, photography, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
“I exist to love, serve, and empower those around me in order to be used by God to transform the lives of people for His purposes and glory.”
Karen Rigler – Children’s Ministry Director
Karen, her husband Kenny and their children Joselyn, Keanan, Jonathan, Judah, and Katharine joined the NOCC family in the fall of 2013, and became members in May 2014. They are involved with of children’s, worship and college ministries. Karen has a deep desire to see children grow to become fully devoted followers of Jesus. She began her ministry November 10, 2014.
North Oak Support Staff
Office Manager – Kim Lanning
Office Assistant – Eryn Johannes
Custodian – Tina Maier (email@example.com; subject line custodian)
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