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Our Leadership Team

Todd & Jennifer Stewart

Todd and Jennifer met through Christian Challenge when they were in school at Kansas State University.  As a young couple committed to a life of ministry, they served in various ministry roles on campus at Kansas State University and the Ohio State University, and overseas in China before returning to Manhattan where Todd served on staff with New Hope Church for 10 years. Through relationships made in Columbus, the Stewarts developed a zeal for house church style ministry.  They now serve in various areas of ministry with the Village. Todd and Jennifer have four children, Dawson, Micah, Noah, and Ava.  Todd works at Manhattan High School as a PBS coordinator. Jennifer works as the Greek House Catering Manager for Bluestem Bistro. Todd enjoys checking National Parks off his bucket list. Jennifer not only makes the best treats in town but she loves listening to and meeting all the colleges students she can.

Jason & Maggie Gazaway

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It was platonic at first sight, as Jason often jokes. They were good friends and had similar friend groups, but nothing romantic until a few years later, when they both ended up going to the Village. After an awkward first date, a deep-rooted love founded in friendship and faith formed. They love to have people in their home, so long as they're prepared for the onslaught of affection from their energetic Boxer, Doug. They each serve in a variety of ministries at the Village and are excited about what God has in store for ministry in the Little Apple!

Derek & Cory Richards

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Derek and Cory Richards are Manhattan townies, high school sweethearts. They have hosted a house church for 9 years, dedicating their home to be a space for meaningful interactions with Scripture and one another. They serve in leadership currently assisting in areas of discipleship, event planning, and finances.


They have 3 sons; Will, Wes, and Jonah. Derek is a real estate broker/entrepreneur who has a knack for building up enterprises to bless and serve the community. Cory is a licensed marriage & family therapist, specializing in family relating/pre-marital counseling/faith issues. In their free time, you can find Derek enthusiastically cheering on his beloved Wildcats/Chiefs while Cory rolls her eyes and puts on a sweater (she's always cold!) They love to be present in the lives of their loved ones and would love to see you at their home for house church sometime soon!