DAN MCKNIGHT | LEAD PASTOR

Dan’s the founding and lead pastor at Kaw Prairie, responsible for vision, strategy, preaching and staff management. After growing up in Illinois farm country, his family moved to the Chicago suburbs in his early teens. He got his BA in Pre-Law (Constitutional Democracy) and English at Michigan State, then worked his way through seminary as an ESL/GED teacher and a security guard on Chicago’s south side. He served two years as a student pastor on the city’s west side, and then married his high school sweetheart Laura Blair McKnight.

They spent a year together in Frankfurt, Germany on his pastoral internship, and upon getting his M.Div. and being ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, they moved to the north Chicago suburbs, where Dan served as a buoyant and balding youth pastor. He used some of those student-wrangling skills to plant a dynamic ancient-future church in the western suburbs, where he pastored until late 2003.

Responding to a call to church-plant a second time — this time with a dedicated core group in Johnson County, KS– Dan and Laura moved here in 2004 with their two small sons Jeremy and Eli. Laura works now at Donnelly College, son Jeremy at Hereford House, and Eli with on homework with his earbuds in. Dan enjoys traveling, skiing, learning new things, watching German comedies and cop shows, getting a little exercise (first half-marathon in 2015!), and working in the yard. Mostly though, he loves laughing and playing with his family– and regular dates with Laura and quiet time with the Bible and a beverage.

Dan’s favorite Bible verse is John 3:17, and his favorite foods are gyros and smoked salmon. Not at the same time.

CHRIS MILLER | YOUTH, YOUNG ADULTS, & MISSIONS

Chris Miller is a coffee-driven, kind-of-awkward nerd. He spends his time at Kaw Prairie focused on youth, young adults, and missions. He enjoys preaching, teaching, writing, and talking about God. In his free time, he runs to raise money for clean water in Africa through Team World Vision. He also enjoys reading, traveling, designing things, and spending time with awesome people.

Chris was born and raised in the uniquely named Effingham, Illinois, before moving to the metropolis of Bolivar, Missouri to attend Southwest Baptist University. He has since lived in Springfield, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, and now Overland Park, Kansas. He completed his Master of Divinity at Central Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently in the process of being ordained.

Chris is married to the awesome Sally Miller and has an awesome five-year-old daughter named Ollie.

COLENE HOMA | CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES

With more than 15 years of ministry experience in the United Methodist Church, Colene has racked up a skill set that includes, worship leader, preacher, graphic designer, communications, youth, and children’s ministries.

It was Colene’s passion for families and children that led her to Kaw Prairie in 2013. She is excited to help families live out an everyday faith. Her favorite Bible verse is Deuteronomy 6:4-9.

DIANE LEE | COMMUNITY & CONGREGATIONAL CARE

After working with two previous churches as Director of Assimilation, Diane began serving Kaw Prairie in 2006. She is responsible for the Usher and Setup teams and assimilating people into Christian community at Kaw Prairie through classes like Pie with the Pastor, Kaw Prairie 101, and Membership Classes. If you’ve ever stepped foot in Kaw Prairie, you know Diane.

Diane attended Western Illinois University and calls Royersford, Penn. home. Her primary hobbies are reading and hanging out with family.

Her Spiritual Gifts are Hospitality, Leadership and Administration. Her favorite Bible verse is Romans 12:9-13.

Diane and her husband Jim reside in Lenexa and have two grown daughters, Wendy and Suzanne, and five grand children.

ANDREA O’KEEFE | BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Andrea joined the Kaw Prairie staff in 2013 and serves as the Business Operations Director. She has many different responsibilities including office administration, accounts payable, facilities, rentals, café supervision, database, and overall staff support. If you have a question, she most likely has the answer, or knows where to find it!

A proud Jayhawk, Andrea graduated from the University of Kansas in 2001. Prior to joining Kaw Prairie, Andrea served as a corporate accountant for two years, and in Office and Preschool Administration for 10 years at a Lutheran Church.

Andrea and her three children – Katie, Max and Nathan – live in Olathe.

MEG RAUH | ACCOMODATIONS

My family have attended Kaw Prairie faithfully since 2013. As Director of Accommodations for KP Kids and WILD, I will work directly with children and youth (and their families) who may need a little extra support to participate fully. Our goal if for each student to experience the love of Jesus in a caring and supportive environment based on his or her individuals needs.

I enjoy being a stay at home mother to Taylor and Mav and wife to Josh. I have always had a God given passion for children and helping them belong.  I joined the Kaw Prairie staff in 2016 and am extremely excited about how God is at work within our kids and youth ministries.

KATHRYN LARGENT | CHILDCARE

Kathryn is responsible for evening childcare throughout the week and on Sundays. You’ll often find her on the floor with the Toddlers encouraging them to jump for joy for Jesus. Kathryn is also the weekday morning Barista at the Kaw Prairie Cafe.

Kathryn lives in Shawnee with her husband Erik and their daughter Mackenzie.