History

Prairie Oak Community Church is a story of a church that has emerged against all odds. Pastor Steve Gahagen and his family moved in April of 1990 to launch the church from scratch, with no people and few financial resources. During the summer of 1990 a small launch team was formed of twenty people (including children). In October of 1990 Prairie Oak launched its first public worship service at Andover Elementary School.

Shortly after the launch of Prairie Oak, we were able to purchase a 34 acre parcel of land; in 1996 the church moved to its current site just north of Andover City Hall and the community center complex.

The Prairie Oak Community has been innovative in finding ways to connect with people and use our facility to create powerful moments in their lives. Ministries like the Focus on the Goal Camp have touched the lives of thousands of students over the years.

We love breathing life into others, encouraging them to thrive in life and in their relationship with God. Everyone wants to write a great and meaningful story with our lives. We want to be a place that challenges everyone to write the greatest story possible. Investing in the stories of people is the greatest investment anyone of us could ever make.

We have a passion to create opportunities for young leaders to thrive and dream God’s dream for their lives. We offered a number of leadership development and internship programs throughout the years.

We have dreamed beyond our community. Our church has helped launch three congregations and has sent out many young leaders who are having a powerful impact where they live.