• Brant rice
    Senior pastor

    Brant Rice has been a pastor at Celebration Community Church for 16 years. Brant is the primary teaching pastor during weekend services.

    Brant has a bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University and a Masters of Ministry Leadership Degree from Rockbridge Seminary.

    Brant's family consists of his beautiful wife of 22 years, DeLynn, sons Landry, Kelby & Zachary and their daughter Chloe (along with too many animals to keep track of).


  • Derek mayfield
    associate pastor

    Derek is the Associate Pastor at Celebration. He has had the privilege of serving at C3 for 10 years in many different roles and has had the opportunity to be involved in many different ministries. Derek studied at and received degrees from Fort Hays State University and Rockbridge Seminary.  

    Derek is married to Tessa and they have two sons, Taten & Ryken. He enjoys Cowboys football, Royals baseball, golf and a good cup of coffee.


  • Delynn rice


    DeLynn Rice is the Children's and Family Director at Celebration Community Church - where she directs all of the Sunday lessons for Age 1 through 5th grades, and plans the children's and family events throughout the year. 

    Delynn is married to the love of her life, Brant. They are so blessed to have 4 children, Landry, Kelby, Chloe & Zachary. 


  • alicia hunter

    pastors assistant

    Alicia & Joshua Hunter are the parents of four sandbox digging, trampoline jumping, imaginative boys. They love going on bike rides, remodeling their house and camping. Alicia has a passion to help others find ways to use their talents to love others and to grow in a deeper relationship with God. 

    Alicia lead the C3 Leadership Academy (C3LA), the annual Mission Auction and the Vision Resource Teams.




    Kael is the Creative Arts Director at Celebration Community Church - where he oversees all things music, media, creative & service design, production and technology.  

    Kael is married to Sara and they have 3 kids - Isaac, Judah & Kadance and an awesome Goldendoodle, Yadi. He loves everything Mac, flat-bill caps, Pittsburgh Steelers football and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball. 

  • Tre' giles

    youth pastor

    Tre’ is the Youth Pastor at C3. He is a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a degree in Organizational Leadership. 


    After graduating from college, Tre’ spent 27 months serving as a Teacher Trainer with the Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa. During his service he led other volunteers in their faith by establishing a group called Peace Corps Volunteers for Christ. 


    Tre’ enjoys playing basketball, watching football – the Carolina Panthers to be exact, and to be outdoors camping or hiking.

  • jeff burnett


    Dr. Jeff Burnett (Dr. B) is the Director of Encounter - C3's College Ministry. Dr. B feels God has called him to make an impact and focus on the young men and women in college and the surrounding community. "These are the young men and women that are the future leaders of Christ's church." He is also a professor in the Department of Health & Human Performance at Fort Hays State University.  



    Children & Family assistant

    Tessa is the Children & Family Office Assistant.  She has been part of Celebration Community Church since the very beginning - even helped Pastor Kyle decide on the name of the church!  She met her husband, Derek, through C3 and has two boys who keep her up-to-date on all things sports related.  When she's not playing pretend sword-fights in the living room, she enjoys making crafts and watching shows.  


  • nathan purdue

    worship director

    Nathan Purdue is C3's Worship Arts Director. He enjoys leading our Worship teams in worship, regardless of the venue, and delights in the ability to connect with our church with music. 

    Nathan enjoys the outdoors, biking, and listening to people yell at him for four-minute songs.

  • Melisha jones

    Melisha is the data clerk at Celebration Community Church. God has blessed her with a fun-loving husband, Lanny, and together they have two wonderful sons, Kade & Maddox. 


    Office assistant

    Sheila is the assistant for both Connections and for CrossCurrent.  She is also the Volunteer Coordinator for C3Kids.  

    She has 5 grown children and loves to spend time with her 2 grandsons.  She also loves playing with her rescued dog, Grace.


  • nathan unruh

    tech director

    Nathan is the Director at Celebration Community Church - where he oversees the Tech Ministry for all of our Sunday services, as well as various services and events that happen during the week.


  • August phlieger

    98.5 The Truth station manager

    August Phlieger is the General Station Manager of 98.5 The Truth. He enjoys serving on the worship team, and volunteering as a youth leader for CrossCurrent.


  • kirby benisch

    Colby campus Leader

    Kirby is the Campus Leader of Celebration's Church in Colby, KS.  He works closely with Pastor Brant to help care for the people, develop ministries, plan church events, among other church needs and functions.


  • reuben schneider

    Reuben leads CrossCurrent Youth Ministry at the Colby Campus and assists Kirby in the day to day tasks of leading the church. He is married to the beautiful  Melissa Schneider and they have two precious little girls.