...a place you can call home.

Who We Are

Mission Statement

Hays Christian Church is a local body of believers, each seeking to do God’s will on earth, based on the Biblical precepts of service to a risen Christ and service to our fellow human beings.  We seek to:

1. Declare the gospel of redemption to all people;

2. Provide the opportunity for believers to mature in Christ;

3. Feed the hungry, care for the poor, and represent Christ to our community and the world;

4. Minister to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of this body both locally and universally.

More information on our beliefs can be found on our What We Believe page.


Elders (Overseers)


KevinPastor Kevin Daniels


Pastor Kevin Daniels was called by the Lord into ministry at a young age. He was ordained as a pastor in September 2000, and has ministered at three churches since then. He has been serving as the pastor of Hays Christian Church since January, 2009. He previously ministered as the youth pastor at Soldier Christian Church, Soldier, Kansas, and was the associate pastor at Valley View Christian Church, Kent, Washington.

Pastor Kevin is currently serving on the executive board of Lakeview Christian Camp, located in Stockton, Kansas, after serving as president for 4 1/2 years. He served as president of the Ellis County Ministerial Alliance for two years, from 2010 – 2011, and is currently serving as secretary. He also serves as the advisory board chairman and regular columnist for ONE, a monthly Christian publication distributed in Ellis County, published by the Hays Daily News.

Pastor Kevin has been to Rwanda three times for missions work with Le Ruche Ministries and African Evangelistic Enterprises, and is looking forward to more missions trips in the future.

Pastor Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Bible/Family Ministry from Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kansas, in 2003 and earned a Master of Divinity Degree from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology (formerly Mars Hill Graduate School), located in Seattle, Washington, in 2007. A native of the Seattle area, Kevin currently resides in Hays with his wife, Lori, and their two children, Logan, 10, and Kamryn, 8. He enjoys coaching soccer, Geocaching, and playing games with his family.


Bruce Bellinger


With his late wife Marcella, Bruce has 2 married daughters, and 3 grandchildren. He is a greeter in the church and host of the Lost Spouse Lunches. The hymns Because He Lives and His Eyes Are on the Sparrow are his favorites because they help him face the present and future. Bruce always wanted to take Marcella on a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the mountains. His favorite part of HCC is the variety of ways one is welcomed.


Jeff Crawshaw


In addition to being an Overseer, Vacation Bible School helper, and Adult Sunday School teacher, Jeff is a heavy equipment operator for the Rush County Highway Department and collector of autographed football mini-helmets. He and his wife Billie live in La Crosse.

His favorite sections of Scripture are 1 and 2 Corinthians I because it provides instructions on how to live and love. He wants people to know all are welcome at Hays Christian and our teaching is Biblically based.


Joanne Tramel


Joanne has been attending Hays Christian for many years, serving in a variety of capacities. She currently lives in Hays with her husband Steve.

Deacons (Assistants)

Gary Albrecht


Gary married his wife, Pat, 35 years ago at HCC. Rich in family, He has 2 adopted daughters, a step-daughter, 3 step-sons, a dozen grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Gary was called to be a member of the air force and now an overseer in the church. His favorite verse is John 3:16 because it’s our hope for eternal life. His favorite hymn is God Bless America because the US needs God’s help.


Billie Crawshaw


Billie grew up in Assaria, Kansas (south of Salina) and now helps people with intellectual difficulties in Great Bend. One of her favorite verses is: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” –Proverbs 31: 8-9. Her favorite color is sparkle. She would like people to know that our church is here and they are welcome to join us in figuring out this mess called life together.


Laura Denny


Laura Denny grew up overseas, but calls Albuqueque, New Mexico her home town. She has lived in Hays for over  20 years with her husband and 2 kids. For a living, Laura works with the disabled to help them learn independent living skills. Her favorite hymn is “Happy Day” because the tune is upbeat and it helps her appreciate life in average days. Laura would like others to know that Hays Christian Church is accepting and likes to get together for more than just Sunday service.

Marci Lisman


Marci is a preschool teacher for the 0-3 program of Early Childhood Connections. She serves the church by maintaining the cleanliness of the building, running PowerPoint during the worship service, serving as the treasurer, serving as the secretary of Phoebians, and is a children’s church teacher. A former Catholic with her two brothers and two sisters, Marci has a daughter, Madison, with her husband Scot. Currently, her favorite worship song is “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave.

Carolyn Smith


Carolyn has been with Hays Christian Church for many years and is a valued and active member. She originates from Russell Springs, Kansas. When she is not at the church or home with her husband Tracy and her daughter Lizzie, she runs her own daycare.