staff

Chris Goetz

Lead Pastor

  Chris Goetz was born and raised in Monmouth, Oregon.  Chris spends as much time as possible outside hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, biking, disc golfing and anything outside! Both Chris and Natasha received a degree (Bachelor in Christian Ministry) from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Mo.  

     Chris' first passion in life is the One and Only God and second is his wonderful wife Natasha (Since Jan 3rd, 2003) followed by his two daughters Hope and MaKenna and son Malakai.  The Goetz family love adventures and road trips.  Beyond family Chris has a passion for people coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ.  Chris is full of energy and he uses it to replicate his passion for the Lord in each of the people God places in his path!

  Chris joined the FCC family March of 2009 as the Youth & Children's Pastor.  He learned many valuable lessons as youth pastor.  On December 6th, 2015 Chris was transitioned into the Lead Pastor role.  


  Life Verse: Luke 9:23

"23 Then he said to them all: 

“If anyone would come after Jesus, 

he must deny himself and take up his cross daily

and follow me."

Bryar Wight

Youth Coordinator

  Bryar is a home town hero in Garnett!  He attended school, kids programs, youth church, discipleship and church right here!  I guess you could say he is a home town boy!  We are so proud to have grown him up in Christ and to see what God is doing with him is so impressive.  Bryar has a passion for Jesus, his Mom, worship, student ministry, larping (live action role play games) and video games. 

His favorite Bible verse is: 


"From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys."

2 Kings 2:23-24

Kristina Traxson

Children's coordinator

  Kristina Traxson was born in Garnett and grew up outside of Parker, KS.  She enjoys being outside, sports, knitting, gardening, kids, ministry and many other activities.  She graduated from Prairie View High school in 2005.  She attended Pittsburg State University where she got her bachelors degree in accounting in 2008.  It was at Pitt where she truly found the Lord.  After college, she began working with the kids and youth in her church and found a passion for ministry.  

  In 2011, she went back to school to get her Masters degree and then on to get her CPA license.  She now runs her own business, trying to help small business and individuals in the rural communities to gain financial success!  

  Her passion in life is to bring hope and joy to kids, showering them with the love of God, and to help people honor God with their life and finances.


“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 

1 Timothy 4:12

Chet Friend

Office Administrator

  Chet Friend  was born in Emporia and grew up in Osawatomie. After graduating from Osawatomie High School in 1997, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA as an Infantryman with Fox Company 2nd Battalion 1st Marines. He served 4+ years with the same unit as a Fire Team Leader, then as Training NCO.

  After an honorable discharge from active duty in 2001, Chet moved back to the area and bagan working construction, which he did for 7 years. In 2009, Chet began work in manufacturing serving 12 years at A&M Products/Clorox in Spring Hill, 5 of those years as a Line Lead, and 2 more as a Reliability Lead.

  Chet married his wife Catie on March 13, 2010, and moved to Garnett in June 2010. They have 3 children Marissa, Dustin, and Brayden. Chet and his family started attending Worship Service at FCC on December 2, 2012, with Chet becoming a member of the staff on September 3, 2021.


"Do not be afraid. Keep on speaking; do not be silent."

Acts 18:9

Mark Powls

CUSTODIAN/MAINTENANCE

  Mark Powls was born on April 12, 1961, the youngest of five children, to parents, Bill and Wilma Powls of Garnett, Kansas.  He served in the military, as a public and private school music & P.E. teacher, earned advanced college degrees, owned a constructions company and built a commercial building on the square, and other crazy things. But according to Mark, his most important accomplishment is his marriage with Carmen Hofer and bringing two wonderful daughters into this world, Bethany and April Powls.

  Mark is grateful for the opportunity to work for FCC part-time and serve his church family. He owns MP Vantage Solutions, LLC repairing musical instruments, tuning pianos, teaching instrumental music, and selling music accessories. Mark has a passion for the Lord, his family, and learning about American Founding History and Constitutions.  Mark loves to share what he learns with others so our inherent God-given liberties can be defended by all.


“Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from His mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  Ephesians 6:10-17

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