Our History

Our 73 congregations are spread from Goodland to Baxter Springs, Ulysses to Atchison, and encompass nearly every county except Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The faithfulness and generosity of Kansas Disciples consistently places the region in the top eight for Disciples Mission Fund giving. The average worship attendance for all reporting Kansas congregations in 2015 was 5,311 with 9,879 participating members.

Our staff includes three Regional Ministers, (Left) Renee Bridwell, Ken Marston, and Steve Martin, working in partnership and a part-time Coordinator of Women’s Ministries, Barb Runge, operating out of three offices: Topeka, Great Bend, and our Disciples Center at Tawakoni.

The regional church maintains one campground, Disciples Center at Tawakoni, between Augusta and Wichita, which houses our South Central Satellite office. The 173-acre camp was purchased from the Boy Scouts in 2004 after extensive research and planning by a team of church members representing broad perspectives and several communities. Our year round facilities host a variety of groups for overnight and day events in a beautiful natural setting. 

We directly relate to Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK, Tennyson Center for Children in Denver, CO, and Kansas Christian Home in Newton, KS. Kansas Disciples consistently have responded with monetary support to Week of Compassion and with mission teams to areas throughout the world following natural disasters.