"NOCC’s greatest blessing to our family has been the Bible-based teaching we get from the pulpit each week. This along with the wonderful mix of generations in the congregation are what attracted us to NOCC. We are blessed to have a congregation where the older generations take an active interest and role in relating to and mentoring the younger generations. I believe this is how a local church functions best."
— Craig & Cari Smith
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
Pastor Dave and Emily are new to North Oak. Dave brings a passion for making disciples and reaching the lost, and has been in ministry for the last 15 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 Jeff Neher
Jeff Neher and his wife, Jesica, have six children, Kaleb, Karli, Ella, Esther, Mya and Joshua. Jeff has been the youth pastor at North Oak since 2000. They live in the small town of Pfeifer about 20 miles from Hays. They love the outdoors and raising a few animals on their small farm. Jeff’s passion is seeing young people get connected with Jesus Christ.
“Being a teenager is a tough time in life and I want every young person to know that Jesus loves them and cares about them in the midst of all the junk of this life. We do our best to offer a variety of ways for students to get involved in God’s Kingdom.”
Jesica is a stay-at-home mom and is homeschooling the children. Her passion is raising great kids and cooking and baking.
The Nehers love being a part of the North Oak family.
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 – Abbey Rupke (email@example.com; subject line custodian)
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