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. Since then the church has helped launch three other congregations.