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 evenings from 4-5:15pm at College Heights Baptist Church, located at 2320 Anderson Ave in Manhattan, KS. We call this our Central Gathering. Kids birth through through 6th grade can go directly to their Sprouts rooms beginning at 3:45pm; older kids and adults will gather in the main sanctuary. We typically do music at the end of our Central Gathering and often have the kids come back in to sing with us. We usually choose songs from our Tallgrass Hymnal. If you're interested in playing or singing in the band let Ben Deaver know. Our goal with music at Tallgrass Church is to live out Ephesians 5:19 when we gather.


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!

LIFE Groups

Tallgrass also 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. Find out more about LIFE Groups.

Prayer Gatherings

Our weekly prayer gathering is on Tuesday mornings from 6:30-7:30 am (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.

Ben Deaver

Lead Pastor, Elder

The Deavers

Dave Geldart

Associate Pastor, Elder

The Geldarts

Ron Goodman


The Goodmans

Ricky Greeve


The Greeves

Dilan Oglesby

Youth Pastor

The Oglesbys

Elisha Hillegeist

Sprouts Coordinator

The Hillegeists

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.


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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