About Us

Check out this video for a brief answer to why we're named "Tallgrass" and how it involves you!

Keep reading for some basic info about Tallgrass Community Church.


Central Gatherings

We meet weekly on Sunday mornings from 10-11:15am at the Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan (220 S 5th Street). Everyone is welcome! Just bring a camping chair and a mask. Kids begin with us in the gym and then are dismissed their Sprouts classes before the teaching. We typically start with a song or two and welcome, a mingle time, a teaching, and end with singing and other types of response. We usually choose songs from our Tallgrass Hymnal. Our goal with music at Tallgrass Church is to live out Ephesians 5:19 when we gather.

You can also gather with us online each Sunday morning via Zoom or Facebook Live! Note that those gathering on Zoom will need the password (for increased security), which can be grabbed from the Tallgrassian who invited you or by contacting us 24+ hours in advance.


To help us get to know one another better, Tallgrass plans an array of events throughout the year. Many events are great to invite neighbors to. Check out the Events page to see what's coming up!

Groups & Studies

Tallgrass typically meets throughout the week in homes across the Manhattan/Wamego area. These small-medium sized groups are called LIFE Groups and are open to anyone.

However, during this Covid season, we've made some adjustments to help keep everyone safe and comfortable. So for now, instead of in-home LIFE Groups, we're leaning in to Mens and Women's groups on alternating Tuesday evenings. Check out the list of upcoming Events for more deets. Contact these for more info about how to visit:

Prayer Gatherings

Our weekly prayer gathering is on Tuesday mornings from 6:30-7am via Zoom (come and go as able). Email Ben at bendeaver@tallgrass.church if you're interested in joining that time.


Tallgrass Church's Staff and Elders work together to lead the church and equip the saints (all believers!) for the works of ministry.  Tallgrass Staff are paid, enabling them to spend more time executing church operations and leadership development.  Tallgrass Elders serve similarly but for limited periods of time and are not paid.  Both Staff and Elders aspire to the qualifications for Elders listed in scripture.  Read more about Tallgrass's Elder Qualifications. Contact our Elder Team at any time at elders@tallgrass.church.

Ben Deaver

Lead Pastor, Elder

The Deavers

Dave Geldart

Associate Pastor, Elder

The Geldarts

Ron Goodman


The Goodmans

Elisha Hillegeist

Sprouts Coordinator, Elder

The Hillegeists

Dilan Oglesby

Youth Pastor

The Oglesbys

Edie Doane

Women's Ministry Point



"Because God first loved us, we exist to love God and love our neighbors."

It all starts with God. With His initiative of love and redemption toward us. And everything we are and do flows out of that reality. We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). We love God and others, not in order to earn His love and acceptance, but because we already have it!  Because of the Good News that Jesus has already secured that for us through His work on the cross. So it's not about earning. It's about gratitude. It's not about religion. It's about relationship.


Tallgrass Community Church is a non-denominational church that affirms historic creeds like the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed.  We also affirm the 1974 Lausanne Covenant.


You don't have to be a member of Tallgrass Church to be a part of the Tallgrass family. But we encourage those who want to plug in and call Tallgrass their home to become official members. This helps us get to know you better, communicate about Tallgrass' vision and ministry, and give you opportunities to speak in to church issues and develop and serve as a leader. 

For more about Tallgrass' view of and vision for membership, watch Ben Deaver's teaching on Membership in the Household of God. If you're interested in membership or want to ask questions, contact Ben at bendeaver@tallgrass.church. More information about Tallgrass leadership and membership can be found in the Constitution and Bylaws of Tallgrass Community Church.


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Tallgrass Community Church officially launched on April 8, 2018. We planted out of New Hope Community Church with the vision of functioning as a fully independent church right out of the gate. Ben Deaver and Dave Geldart served on staff together at New Hope for more than a decade before sensing the call to plant a new church together. Our desire is to become a genuine community where real relationships can flourish and where everyone is welcome to come as they are, both to our gatherings and ultimately to God Himself through Christ. We want to be a church that practically values both truth and love. Tallgrass also seeks to function like the New Testament describes in Ephesians 4 where every member is a minister -- the leaders equip the people to do the ministry.


Deavers and Geldarts

We’d love to connect with you about Tallgrass! Whether you’d like to get involved, have questions, or would just like to hear more about what’s on our hearts, we’d be delighted to talk. So please feel free to contact us. We’d love to sit down with you in person -- perhaps over coffee or lunch -- or correspond via phone or email.

General Tallgrass Email:
Mailing Address:
Tallgrass Church
PO Box 1795
Manhattan, KS 66505
Ben Deaver:
Dave Geldart:

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at Boys & Girls Club | 220 S. 5th Street
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P.O. Box 1795
Manhattan, Kansas 66505

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