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    Ben Rhodes is a native of Northwest Kansas, growing up on a farm near Dresden. As a new Christian attending Fort Hays State University in 2002-2003, Ben felt called to make a move towards ministry. He married his high school sweetheart, Kelsey Rhodes, in 2004 and they enrolled at Frontier School of the Bible in Lagrange, Wyoming together that fall. After graduation, Ben & Kelsey served briefly in youth ministry in Westcliffe, CO before returning ‘home’ to live and work in the Hoxie area.

    Ben was one of the founding members of Christ Community Church and led the youth ministry as a volunteer before the need for a pastor arose in 2013. Ben has served as the pastor since then, while continuing to be involved in youth ministry.

    Ben has always been very involved in agriculture, and continues to be to the present. He and his wife Kelsey live 12 miles north of Hoxie on their farm with their five children.

    What do you like to do for fun?

    I love to play with my kids, which seems to take most (all!) of the free time I have! I have always enjoyed playing music, and I love to hunt/fish if I can find the time.

    If you could go anywhere on a trip next week, where would you go?

    I love history, so a trip across Europe and to Palestine would be very high on my list. German, Italy, Israel – those would be my must-see places.

    What passage in the Bible drives you?

    John 15:4-5 – Jesus says “…abide in me… for apart from me you can do nothing.”

    At this season in my life I wear a lot of different hats – husband, provider, father, pastor – I need Christ each and every day so I can be my best for my wife, children, and church.


    Derek Pridey grew up in northwest of Leoti, KS, where his dad farmed and his mother was a teacher. After high school, Derek attended Tabor College on a scholarship to run Cross Country and received his Bachelor's degree in preparation for vet school. There, he met his wife Cheryl, who grew up in Corn, OK. Derek and Cheryl have been blessed with four children: Chelidy, Jedidiah, Viley Jane and Silas.

    After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2006, Derek has worked as a veterinarian and currently practices and is owner of Hoxie Veterinary Service, P.A. in Hoxie.

    What do you like to do for fun?

    Anything outdoors with my wife and kids...riding horses, hiking, hunting, fishing and camping just to name a few...

    If you could go anywhere on a trip next week, where would you go?

    Hawaii, specifically the less populated island of Kauai...just to relax on the beach and enjoy the sights of nature!

    What passage in the Bible drives you?

    My top three favorite passages are Psalms 1, Proverbs 3:5-6, and Jeremiah 17:7-8.

    These verses drive me to abide and trust in Him!


    I was born in southern Indiana. He and his family moved to Kansas when he was 11. He was home schooled along with his four siblings through most of grade school and high school.

    I attended North West Kansas Technical College in Goodland where I graduated with an associate degree in Diesel Technology. I have worked in the field of mechanics in Hoxie since 2003.  

    Seth and wife Kyla have been blessed with five healthy children!  

    What do you like to do for fun? 

    I like to hunt and fish (only when they are really biting! Ha) 

    Also he's been known to race a little. I especially enjoy racing against FORD owners. 

    What passage in the Bible drives you? 

    Two of several verses of scripture that he likes are; Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. And Colossians 3:23-24

    And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.


    I was born and raised in NW Kansas and graduated from Golden Plains in Rexford. I attended NW KS Technical School and received my certification as a Diesel Mechanic and have been turning wrenches for the last 25 years. I married my wife Tonya in 2005 and between the two of us we have four wonderful children.

    What do you like to do for fun? 

    I enjoy woodworking, golfing, hunting and fishing. I love taking the kayaks out and just goofing around and do nothing. 

    If you could go anywhere on a trip next week where would you go? 

    Jerusalem is definitely on my bucket list. I would love to actually see the sights that I have read about in the Bible and see the places where Jesus walked.

    What passage in the Bible drives you? 

    Romans 12: 1-2. Therefore I urge you brothers, in the view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship. (2) Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.


    I have lived my whole life except for my college years in the Hoxie area. Those years were spent farming, ranching and raising kids. My tow sons, Jaxsen and Jake have now come back and joined me on the farm. I married Teri in 2014 and between us we have 8 children and soon to be 10 grandchildren.

    What do you like to do for fun? 

    I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy golf and taking a ride on my motorcycle when I can find the time. 

    If you could go anywhere on a trip next week where would you go? 

    Italy, Germany, the Holy Land and many places here in the United States have yet to be crossed off my bucket list. 

    What passage in the Bible drives you? 

    Phillipians 2: 5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is your in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.