Lead Pastor: Kevin Whitmore

(719) 568-0154 |

Kevin grew up in Nelson, NE, and earned degrees from McCook Community College in McCook, NE, and Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. Kevin served as the Associate Pastor at Clay Center Christian Church from 1999-2007. A month after starting this position, he met a young woman at an area ministers’ meeting in Kearney, NE; Kevin and Monica were married in 2001, and she joined him at Clay Center. Kevin then served as the Connections Pastor at Academy Christian Church from 2007-2014. In September of 2014, Kevin and Monica answered the call to come back and serve as the Lead Pastor here at Clay Center Christian Church. Kevin and Monica have 3 sons: Kaleb, Kaden, and Karsen. Kevin enjoys reading, watching movies, playing basketball, golf, and spending time with his family.



Family Life Pastor: Nathan Brands

(417) 434-7237 | 

Nathan grew up in southern Illinois. After graduating from high school, he spent 12 years living in Joplin, MO, and Kansas City, MO. He now lives in Clay Center with Kelsey, his wife, and Avelyn, their daughter. While in  Kansas City, Nathan worked at Northside Christian Church as the Community Life Intern. He also served as the part-time Youth Minister at Diamond Christian Church as he finished up college. He graduated from Ozark Christian College with a Bachelor of Art in Christian Ministry. He has been on staff here at Clay Center Christian Church since 2015, working with the youth, small groups, and birth-adult Christian education. Nathan loves to read and watch movies, especially anything connected to Lord of the Rings and comic books. He also enjoys playing games, especially card games.


Office Assistant: Sharon Smith

(402) 762-3824 |

Sharon grew up in Clay Center and has spent most of her life here. She and her husband, Rodney, live in Clay Center with their daughter, Sydney. Sharon has been on staff at Clay Center Christian Church since 2012. In her free time, Sharon loves spending time with her family and friends and loves to read.


Communications: Rita Brhel

Rita grew up near Pauline, NE; graduated from UNL; and now lives in Fairfield, NE, with her husband, Mike, and their 3 children: Rachel, Emily, and Nathan. Besides serving Clay Center Christian Church, Rita is a writer, and a part-time CLC for the local WIC program. In her free time, she likes music, art, reading, and playing board games.