West EFC Staff & Leadership — Evangelical Free Church

Get to know the faces behind the staff and leadership of our Evangelical Free Church. We are excited to help disciples of Christ grow in their faith. We look forward to meeting you!


Ken Cooper - Evangelical Free Church - West EFC - Wichita, KS

Ken Cooper

Lead Pastor
Ken came in as our Lead Pastor in 1999. He would love to meet you when you visit West E. Free Church. A graduate of Dallas Seminary with a Masters in Theology and Doctorate in Ministry, God has gifted Ken in preaching and applying scriptural principles to everyday life.

Greg Smith - Evangelical Free Church - West EFC - Wichita, KS

Greg Smith

Pastor of Adult Ministries
Greg is originally from Wichita and spent over a decade serving in churches in Illinois and Wisconsin before he came home to Wichita and to West E. Free in 2006. He received his Master’s degree in Religious Education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Greg is passionate about people connecting with each other and loves the friendliness, passion and desire to reach others he sees at WEFC. He believes firmly to his core that “ministry happens in the context of relationships,” and he is committed to helping people grow in their walk with Christ.

Worship Ministries

Worship Ministries

Chris Derstein - Evangelical Free Church - West EFC - Wichita, KS

Chris Derstein

Worship Arts Director

Chris came to West E. Free with a strong background in using his musical talent and training in a variety of ministry contexts for the last 11 years since graduating from Wichita State University with a degree in Music. He came on staff part-time as Director of Worship Ministries in the fall of 2010.

Virginia Olson

Communications & Worship Administrative Assistant

Virginia Olson has been attending West E. Free Church since 1980 with her husband, Phil. In the fall of 2002 Virginia began her service here as our Administrative Assistant for Communication and Worship and Music Ministry. The Olsons’ daughter, Kristen, and her husband are in Atlanta, so Phil and Virginia are happy to have their daughter, Emily, and her husband working locally.

Children’s Ministries

Children’s Ministries

Kim Wenzel

Director of Kids Ministry

In her various capacities as volunteer, Administrative Assistant of Kids Ministries, and most recently Kids Ministry Team Leader, Kim has been active with Awana, MOPPETS, VBS, Sunday School , Kids Worship, and Campus Kids Bible Club. She is very passionate about reaching kids for Christ. Kim and her husband, Rob, moved to Wichita in 2002 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and have a daughter, Molly.

Carrie Swanson - Evangelical Free Church - West EFC - Wichita, KS

Carrie Swanson

Nursery Coordinator

Carrie and her husband, David, began attending West in 2002, about a year before their marriage. They have a preschool-aged son named Micah. Over the years Carrie has volunteered in many different areas including AWANA, Youth Drama, and Women’s Ministry. She loves kids and it excited to now serve as the Nursery Coordinator.

Student Ministries

Student Ministries

Matt Brown

Interim Youth Director & Media Director

Matt is originally from Manhattan, Ks where he was born and raised in a Jesus-loving, K-State home. Matt has been in full-time ministry since 2006 from being a Youth Pastor, a Church Planter, and a Worship Leader. He married his wife, Amy, in 2007 after meeting at Manhattan Christian College. Matt came to Wichita and served downtown for three years as a Youth Pastor but received an unique calling shortly after arriving in Wichita to pursue church planting in the Wichita area. Matt is passionate about Jesus, his wife, people and Chipotle. He also spent three years dedicated to touring and serving with the band Cloverton, that had a #1 single in the UK, #5 in Australia, and a #12 in the U.S. in 2011.

Shannon Tibbits

Student Ministries Administrative Assistant

Shannon has been attending West E. Free since she moved here with her family in 2006. Shannon started out by doing volunteer work at West E. Free in Awanas and Powerteam, but now continues her ministry as the Student Ministries Administrative Assistant. Shannon is attending Newman University and plans on graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in the spring of 2019.

Adult Ministries

Adult Ministries

Adam Leichner - Evangelical Free Church - West EFC - Wichita, KS

Adam Leichner

Director of Young Adult Ministries & Facilities

Adam is originally from Wichita and has spent the last seven years serving at churches in Kansas and Oklahoma. He and his wife, Meagan, have one son, Elijah. Adam joined the staff at WEFC in 2014. He is excited about the Christ-focused passion he sees in the young adults here at WEFC. It is his heart to help in the discipleship process and to see fully devoted Christ followers making an impact for the Kingdom. His fulltime role is split between those responsibilities and overseeing the maintenance of our facility and grounds.

Candace Unruh - Evangelical Free Church - West EFC - Wichita, KS

Candace Unruh

Adult Ministries Administrative Assistant

Candace moved to Wichita from her home town of Elbing, KS in the fall of 2014 as she began her Sophomore year at WSU majoring in Pre-Med: Biology. She plans to be a missionary doctor because of the heart she has for internationals based on a missions trip in high school and the Father’s directing in her heart. She’ll be working in the office up to 25 hours a week, so she won’t have much free time! When she does relax, though, she loves reading, painting or going out for coffee with friends.

Administration & Communication

Administration & Communication

Deb Sornson - Evangelical Free Church - West EFC - Wichita, KS

Deb Sornson

Office Administrator

Deb Sornson, our Office Administrator who began serving on staff at West E. Free Church in 1999, also assists Pastor Ken. She and her husband, Paul, have four children: daughters Jill and son-in-law Preston who have a daughter, Elodie, Amy and son-in-law Tim, and Megan; son and daughter-in-law Eric and Megan who have also given Deb three grandchildren, Kellen, Mollie, and Annie. Deb loves scrapbooking, reading, watching old movies, and following her kids’ adventures.

Nicki Stallard- Evangelical Free Church - West EFC - Wichita, KS

Nicki Stallard

Facilities Admin/Receptionist

My husband, Scott and I celebrated our 27th year of marriage and are starting to get used to the empty-nest stage in life. Our son, Ryan, moved to Bogota, Columbia to teach Spanish-speaking grad students English. David graduated last year from Taylor University (Indiana) and is currently looking for a job in Media Communications. Jennifer will graduate this May with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cedarville University (Ohio). Justin is a sophomore studying Computer Science also at Cedarville University. We are currently in the process of building a house to be closer in to Wichita.

Working for WEFC has been a fun, challenging , and rewarding experience this last year, and of course my coworkers are the best!

Patty Owings


Patty is married to her high school sweetheart, Ron. Their family includes Nathan, Charissa, Carter, Wesley and Landon Geib of Jefferson, Oregon (formerly of WEFC) and Victoria Owings who led Power Team at WEFC last summer and is currently a senior at Olivet Nazarene University and engaged to Bryce McClure from West E. Free.

Church Planting

Brandon Redic - Evangelical Free Church - West EFC - Wichita, KS

Brandon Redic

Church Planter to College Hill Area

Caleb Hastings - Evangelical Free Church - West EFC - Wichita, KS

Caleb Hastings

Church Planter to Maize, KS

Nathan Paulus - Evangelical Free Church - West EFC - Wichita, KS

Nathan Paulus

Church Planter to West Wichita