Pastors & Staff

Ben Ray

Lead Pastor

Glad you checked us out!  I'm Ben and I am the lead pastor here since 2000.  I love this place and the people of FPC.  This is my wife, Tiffany.  We are so excited to be a part of this Church and continue to find ways for God to use us as we lead this flock.  We have two married children (giving us three granddaughters) and one son still in college.  And we can't forget our Yellow Lab, Lucy.  We love the Lord and caring for His people.  And we love how this church embraces being Christ's Church; in the community, for the community, serving the community.  My favorite Bible verse is John 10:10 and it is how I try to live my life.  "The Thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."  Come worship with us and experience the abundant life!

Michael Gutzmer

Director of Youth and College Ministry

Hi! Michael Gutzmer here, FPC has always been home for me. I grew up in this church, met my wife Bailey through the youth group, was married here, and is where we are raising our two boys. I have a passion for youth and love getting to teach and build relationships with them. During my free time I love smoking meat, playing golf, and spending time at home with my family.

AnnElise Irick

Director of Children and Adult Ministry

Hello! My name is AnnElise Irick, and I have been serving as  the part time Director of Children's Ministry for FPC for over 2 years. My husband Matt and I have been married 18 years and we have 5 children and 3 “furbabies”. I also work as a librarian for Derby Public Schools so I spend a lot of time with kids!  Most of my free time is spent watching my kids play sports  but I also enjoy reading, baking, crafting, and just enjoying time outside in nature.

Adin Gilmore

Praise and Worship Leader

Hi, I’m Adin Gilmore and I’m the Praise and Worship Leader here at FPC! The Lord has given me a passion for music and I’m so blessed to be able to use that gift here. I’m currently a student, composer, and performer at Friends University studying Music Performance, and I love getting any opportunity to worship through music! I spend most of my time writing and playing music but I also greatly enjoy physical activity and the outdoors.

Kurt Schlender

Church Musician

Hi.  I'm Kurt .  I have been a part of the FPC family for many years.  As the Church Musician, I play the organ and piano.  I work with the vocalists as they share their gifts with special music.  I also play for the choir.  I have spent many years playing for vocalists and ensembles for Wichita State University as they performed for competitions.  My wife Lynda sings in the choir and we both sing in our Church cantatas.  Another passion of mine is teaching and I have the privilege to teach the LOGOS class on Sunday mornings.  

Andrea Schlender

Administrative Assistant/Financial Secretary

Greetings! I am Andrea.  I am a local Kansan and Wichita State Graduate, and I am thrilled to join the FPC family! I have worked in various administrative roles since graduation.  I love music, art, and history!  I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to help serve God and my community in this role.

David Burks

Choir Director

Hello, I am David.  I came back to FPC in 2001.  I had previously been here before sharing my talents with another church.  I enjoy our choir and the dedication they have in sharing their voices in the worship of God.  Don't be surprised when you visit our worship service and notice me coming your way.  I love to welcome new people to join our choir.  And you may be just the perfect person to join our choir.