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Lead Pastor: Arick Johanson

(308)-224-4419 |
Arick was born and raised in Superior, the middle of 5 children. The family attended the Superior Church of Christ, and he was baptized into Christ in April 1993, before they moved to Clay Center in 1999. Arick graduated from Clay Center High School in 2001. Arick was selected as a Timothy of Clay Center Christian Church, enabling him to attend Nebraska Christian College (NCC) to prepare him for full-time vocational ministry. He met his wife, Kacy, at NCC. They married in Council Bluffs in 2004. After interning with the senior adult ministry for a year at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs, Arick graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and a Bachelor of Theology in Family Life Ministry. Arick has served the Church in a variety of roles as Pastor in Ellensburg, WA; Youth Pastor in Beloit, KS; and Campus Pastor with CSF at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Arick is passionate about preaching and teaching, making disciples, and leading the church in worship. Arick and Kacy have been married for 13 years and have 3 wonderful children named Mason Blaine; Jubilee Rae; and Gunnar Nikolaus. Arick enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, hunting, fishing, cooking, and reading.  


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Family Life Pastor: Chad Ferguson

808-268-4395 |


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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.

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Family Life Ministry: Rita Brhel

Rita grew up on a farm in the Glenvil area, graduated from UNL, and now lives on the edge of Fairfield with her husband Mike and their 3 children: Rachel, Emily, and Nathan. Mike works for AGP. The kids attend school at Sandy Creek. In addition to serving Clay Center Christian Church, Rita is a freelance writer including as a part-time news reporter for Clay County News. She came to Clay Center Christian Church following a 10-year journalism fellowship in family dynamics research, which included an indepth study into attachment science. She also has 12 years of experience as a parenting coach, life coach, and crisis counselor. Rita is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Responder, Certified "Attached at the Heart" Parenting Educator, and Certified Lactation Counselor; plus trained in the LOVE peer-counseling method, trauma-based relationship intervention, and nonviolent interpersonal communication and mediation. She volunteers as a Sandy Creek TeamMates mentor, 4-H Leader, SASA Domestic Violence Survivors Advocate, and Court-Appointed Special Advocate for children; sings with the Caring Voices Hospice Ministry; performs with the Prairie Dulcimer Players Ministry; and is a member of the Fairfield Community Club. Rita's hobbies also include art and poetry, playing piano, catching up with friends, and spending time with her family.