Serving Outside the Church

We exist to be a people fully alive in God’s Kingdom … and we long to share that life with those living around us.

From partnerships with schools right here in our neighborhoods to those that stretch around the world, we want to be a blessing to all those we come in contact with.

Check out the listings below for more information about any of our partnerships.

Neighborhood Schools

We’ve formed partnerships with three of our neighbor elementary schools: John Diemer ElementaryRushton Elementary, and Trailwood Elementary. Throughout the year we serve in their lunch rooms, as mentors/tutors, and even run an after school program!

To learn more about how you can get involved with these schools, simply contact Michael Carter at

John Diemer
(south of 95th Street on Lamar)

(east of Lamar on 52nd St)

(just east of Nall on 95th St)


Uganda is a place that is near and dear to many hearts at Christ Church.

Our relationship stretches back a few decades and involves many long-lasting relationships with dear friends and ministries. Various teams from Christ Church have served all throughout the country leading retreats, ministering to orphans, training clergy, and even building a house and church for those living in the north.

While the stories and relationships are numerous, our partnerships there are specific:

Northern Uganda


Under the direction of our dear friend, Bishop Johnson Gakumba from the diocese of Northern Uganda, Christ Church has established a partnership with St. Francis Chapel in Kampala, Uganda. Through this partnership we have helped send worship, youth, and drama ministry teams from Kampala to Northern Uganda as a way to bless those who have been affected by the war led by Joseph Kony and the LRA.

Teams have also helped run men’s and women’s encounter retreats focused on healing and forgiveness. Our Ugandan partners travel north a few times a year and a team from Christ Church usually joins them at least once a year.

If you are interested in joining a team going to Northern Uganda, you can find upcoming trip information below, or contact Joel Rosenthal at

Compassion International

 Compassion International exists as an advocate for children around the world – to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults – focusing on holistic child development through sponsorship.

Christ Church started a partnership with Compassion International in 2015. Since that time, we have encouraged folks to sponsor children in and around Gulu, Uganda where we are also engaged through our Northern Uganda Partnership.

To learn more about how you can sponsor a child, visit or contact Michael Carter at

Dr. Alison Barfoot

Serve_AlisonInDoorwayWithFriends1Dr. Alison Barfoot acts as the Assistant to the Archbishop for International Relations in the Church of Uganda. Alison is a former co-rector of Christ Church and now assists the Ugandan Archbishop in all international communication and ministry partnerships.

As if that weren’t a big enough job, she also has her own ministry called Global Mobilization Ministries where she focuses on mobilizing Africans to reach a remote part of Kenya for Christ.

If you would like to join Alison’s prayer team or learn about how you can support her ministry, please contact Linda Peterson at or 816.223.2005.

Dr. Katie Rhoads

Serve_KatieRhoadsDr. Katie Rhoads is a medical missionary living and serving in Northern Uganda and Sudan. A long-time member of Christ Church, Katie sensed God calling her to sell her successful surgical practice and move to Uganda.

Since that time she has been working to bring medical supplies – in addition to physical and spiritual care – to the region. Katie’s primary focus is to equip and send Ugandan medical students on mission in their home region of Gulu and across the border to Sudan.

If you would like to join Katie’s prayer team or learn about how you can support her ministry, please contact Pat Lillis at or 816.805.7136.

To learn more, simply contact Michael Carter at

La Misión de San Lucas

La Misión de San Lucas (The Mission of St. Luke) was started in 2011 to serve the 40,000 Latinos residing in Wyandotte County.

Their primary focus is to teach English (ESL classes) which is the most essential need for virtually all immigrants – especially in this area.  Along with ESL classes, the Mission also has a thrift store which provides quality used clothing, furniture, and household items to underprivileged families.

To learn more and get involved, contact Dave Bergren at

Kansas City Rescue Mission

Kansas City Rescue Mission (KCRM) is a Christ-centered community which offers freedom and hope to the poor and homeless, empowering them to reach their full potential.

Their Men’s & Women’s Centers provide safe shelter, wholesome meals, refreshing showers, clean clothing, healthcare, case management, chapel services, adult education, life skills, Bible-based counseling, and residential recovery programs for their homeless clients.

To learn more or get involved, contact Linda Peterson at


The LAMB Institute is a Christ-centered, multifaceted ministry based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

They seek to share the hope found in Christ Jesus as we care for, educate, protect, and empower those suffering extreme poverty, abuse, and exploitation in Honduras.

Christ Church is proud to partner with the LAMB Institute, sending teams each year to engage in their various ministries, including a daycare/school, an outreach to troubled youth, and a safe house/anti-trafficking program.

To learn more about how you can be involved, please contact team leader Karen DeArmey at