MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM (LAC)

Brian Smoller, Vice Chair

Brian Smoller, Vice Chair

Brian Smoller, Vice Chair

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Growing up in Topeka, KS, Brian first accepted Jesus as his personal savior around the age of 10 but found a deeper walk with Christ in 2000.  Finding personal redemption through the love of Jesus and the friends at Westview Community Church, Brian met the former Beth Caskey in 2004 through a church softball game and the two were married in the summer of 2006.  Together, they helped facilitate a few small groups at Westview, including a young couples’ small group on Sunday mornings.  A few years later saw Brian and Beth move to the St. George area outside of Manhattan and join new attenders at the newly birthed TRU Community Church, where they have been attending since shortly after it was launched.  Brian joined the LAC in the summer of 2019 after prayer and sensing the Lord was leading him to step into the role.

Brian and Beth have two children, Brady and Brenna, who both attend Flint Hills Christian School in Manhattan.  In his spare time, Brian enjoys taking hikes, working in his wood shop or outside, and playing piano/guitar (poorly).

Brian is the Senior Director of Broadcast Services for K-State Athletics and serves as a the lead sportscaster for K-State’s Big 12 Now on ESPN+ productions as well as many other K-State radio broadcasts, TV and radio shows, and public appearances.

Brian’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

Eric Kientz, Treasurer

Brian Smoller, Vice Chair

Brian Smoller, Vice Chair

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 Eric has a wife, April, and four children, McCabe, Kacen, Harper and Cambrey.  Eric and April met in Wichita and started their family there, but moved to Manhattan in 2012 after April accepted a job offer.  They were both raised in Kansas, although different parts.  Eric grew up in south central Kansas, near Derby and Wichita.  April grew up in north central Kansas, in the town of Lebanon.


Eric was raised by parents who regularly attended and participated in church.  His parents were actively involved in youth programs and church functions.  He attended church camps in the summers growing up and accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior as a young teenager.


Eric gained experience volunteering with youth programs at his local church in programs such as vacation bible school.


Having a church community in St. George is of great importance to God’s kingdom given all of the growth that is projected for the highway 24 corridor and Pottawatomie County, Kansas over the next several decades.  There will be tremendous numbers of people in this area and there currently are few churches in the area.  With this in mind, Eric joined the LAC in August 2019 after feeling compelled to help the church become part of a force of positivity in the St. George community and to demonstrate the power of God’s people working and living together in a kingdom-ized way.


When free time abounds, Eric enjoys assisting the coaching effort for youth programs that his children participate as well as low and slow barbeque and grilling.


Eric’s favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  One of the first verses he can remember learning in Sunday school and it has stuck with him as an empowerment ever since.