Read more about each of our staff members below.
Ken came to West E. Free from Nebraska as our Senior Pastor in 1999. Ken “loves this place” and would love to meet you if you visit West E. Free Church. A graduate of Dallas Seminary with a Masters in Theology and Doctorate in Ministry, God has gifted Ken in preaching and applying scriptural principles to everyday life. Send Ken an email.
Greg is originally from Wichita and spent over a decade serving in churches in Illinois and Wisconsin before he came home to Wichita and to West E. Free in 2006. He received his master’s degree in Religious Education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Greg is passionate about people connecting with each other and loves the friendliness, passion and desire to reach others he sees at WEFC. He believes firmly to his core that “ministry happens in the context of relationships.” He is committed to helping people grow in their walk with Christ. Send Greg an email.
Chris grew up in central Iowa and graduated from Northwestern College in Iowa before God drew him to be a part of what was happening at West E. Free Church, taking the role of Pastor of Student Ministries in June of ’07. He transitioned into the role of Pastor of Church Planting and Evangelism in 2011. Send Chris an email.
Dave and his wife, Geary Beth, came to West E. Free Church in 2010. For the previous nine years he had been a Children’s Pastor in an E. Free church in Louisiana and a Bible Baptist church in Missouri. Dave received his Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministries with a Bible minor in 1999 from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. Send Dave an email.
Stephen Christian came to West E. Free as our Pastor of Student Ministries in December, 2012, from the Boston, MA area. He is married to Carol and they have three children. Stephen loves student ministry and seeing God work in the hearts and minds of teenagers and parents. His favorite drink at Starbucks is Iced Caramel Macchiato Skinny with extra shot of espresso, minus the caramel. You can send Stephen an email.
Chris came to West E. Free with a strong background in using his musical talent and training in a variety of ministry contexts for the last 11 years since graduating from Wichita State University with a degree in Music. He came on staff part-time as Director of Worship Ministries in the fall of 2010. Send Chris an email.
Virginia Olson has been attending West E. Free Church since 1980 with her husband, Phil. In the fall of 2002 Virginia began her service here as our Administrative Assistant for Communication and Worship and Music Ministry. The Olsons’ daughter, Kristen, and her husband are in Atlanta, with daughter, Emily, working locally. Send Virginia an email.
Desirae and her husband, Brad, were married in 2002 and have attended West E. Free Church since 2003. They have a daughter named Kyra. Desirae has been involved in the AWANA and nursery ministries. Since August of 2009 Desirae has overseen the scheduling of volunteers on the nursery rotation; activities that occur in the nursery; and ensures that our “little ones” are enjoying a fun, safe, and Bible-teaching environment. Send Desirae an email.
Kim Wenzel, our Administrative Assistant of Kids Ministries, has been active with Awana, MOPPETS, VBS, Sunday School , Kids Worship, and After-School Bible Club. She is very passionate about reaching kids for Christ. Kim and her husband, Rob, moved to Wichita in 2002 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and have a daughter, Molly. Send Kim an email.
Aaron has attended WEFC his whole life and returns to WEFC this summer as a “veteran” Summer Intern in Kids Ministries in support of summer programming. During the school year he is a Senior in Relational Communications and Music Performance at Kansas State University. He loves kids and he loves his school! EMAW!
Karyssa Evans is our Student Ministries Administrative Assistant. She grew up at West E. Free Church and has been involved in leadership with Student Ministry for several years. She is excited to be on staff and investing in the leaders and parents of students at West E. Free Church. You can email Karyssa.
Adam grew up at West E. Free and has been a leader in Student Ministry for a few years. He graduated with an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences in 2012 and is exploring his next step in education. He is very excited to be on staff and building into the youth ministry.
Bryce is a native Wichitan and has been involved in the youth group at East Evangelical Free Church before coming to WEFC as a summer intern. He will be involved here in leadership with Middle School Ministries. In the fall he returns to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago studying Youth Ministry.
Julie Lee | Adult Ministries Administrative Assistant
If you’ve spoken to Julie, you’ll know she isn’t from around here! Julie is a native of South Dakota but moved to Wichita in July 2009 for her husband’s job. She and Curt have two children–Mandy is in Aberdeen, SD, and Allen is studying at Kansas University. Send Julie an email.
Administration and Communication
Deb Sornson, our Office Administrator who began serving on staff at West E. Free Church in 1999, also assists Pastor Ken. She and her husband, Paul, have four children: daughters Jill and son-in-law Preston, Amy and son-in-law Tim, and Megan; son and daughter-in-law Eric and Megan who have also given Deb two grandchildren, Kellen and Mollie. Deb loves scrapbooking, reading, watching old movies, and following her kids’ adventures. Send Deb an email.
Fran Shaw serves as our Facility Assistant, helping to manage our office and facility. Fran and her husband, Reggie, have two children and grandchildren that they are able to enjoy frequently. In fact, she and Reggie moved here to be close to family, and West E. Free was their son’s church. They felt “at home” immediately, and have continued to love it because of the commitment to being faithful to God’s Word in teaching and action. Send Fran an email.
Mary, one of our job-sharing Receptionists, is a long-time attender of West E. Free Church. She and Jim, her husband of over 35 years, have three adult children–John who lives and works in Canada, Christine who, with her husband, have given Mary and Jim their five grandchildren, and Stacy who is attending college. Mary and Jim stay busy and fit with dance classes, and she also enjoys gardening and many styles of music. Send Mary an email.
Patty Owings is the person who warmly welcomes you if you call or visit WEFC in the mornings. You may not recognize Patty, but you might know her daughter and son-in-law, Charissa and Nate Geib, along with her favorite grandchildren, Carter and Wesley! Patty is married to her high school sweetheart, Ron, and they have another daughter, Victoria, who is a student at Maize South High School. Send Patty an email.
Trecia Tucker is our Church Planting Administrative Assistant. She has had many years of experience in serving with Student Ministries at West E. Free Church since her family began attending in 1984. When Trecia has leisure time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband Al, son Matt and wife Catie, son Landon and wife Naomi, and daughter Brianne and husband Carson. Send Trecia an email.
Caleb and Anna Hastings and family are excited to be in Wichita. Caleb is one of our current Church Plant Residents. He enjoys construction, spending time with his family and shooting guns. You can email Caleb or find out what he is doing here.
Austin and Ashley come from Bradenton, FL and are excited to be in Wichita planting a church that reaches people far from God. Austin enjoys the outdoors, riding his motorcycle and anything that is fast with an engine. He enjoys spending time with Ashley. You can email Austin.