Elders & Deacons

Manhattan Pres functions under the Presbyterian form of church government. The Congregation elects Elders and Deacons to serve as the officers of the church.

Elders (known as ruling elders) along with the pastors (called teaching elders) are responsible for the church's governance and spiritual oversight. The elders primary tasks are the pastoral care of the congregation and the fiduciary duties on behalf of the congregation to ensure the mission of the church is being executed according to the vision and values of the church.

The Heartland Presbytery provided us with Temporary Elders when we were a Mission Church from August 2013 to November 2016. Today we have three men who serve as Elders of Manhattan Presbyterian Church, God willing those numbers will increase in the future. 

Pastor BRian HougH


Brian and his wife Laura grew up in Houston, Texas and both graduated from Texas A&M University (Brian- Philosophy, Laura - Journalism). They have lived in Kansas since 2006 and absolutely love it here. They have three children, Beckham, Sadie Piper and Berkley. Brian has his M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary. He enjoys jogging, wiffleballl, reading, The Houston Astros, soccer, K-State sports, meeting weird people and all sorts of food, but mostly Mexican food. They keep a family scrapbook at HoughFamilyBlog.com

Elder Timothy DurretT

Tim was born in Zimbabwe (Africa) and sports a British accent. He and Christine met while at Harvard and eventually found themselves in Manhattan, Kansas. Tim is a Biochemistry Professor at Kansas State University and Christine runs her own Neuropsychology practice and plays viola with the Manhattan Pres musicians. They have four children George, Helen, Thomas and Peter all of whom are avid Star Wars fans.

Elder Travis ShanahaN


Travis and his family moved from Olathe to Manhattan in 2013 to help plant Manhattan Pres. Travis is the chairman of the church planting committee in the Heartland Presbytery and does something with computers that none of us understand. His wife Amy grew up in New England while Travis is from Paola, Kansas. They have four children, Chloe, Ethan, Jackson and Isaac. Travis enjoys Chicago Cubs baseball, K-State Football and smoking meats. 


The deacons provide tangible help to members and regular attenders in times of need. The deacons come alongside members and regular attenders to assist with needs like encouragement and prayer, budgeting and financial coaching, helping widows and elderly, financial relief and other ministries of mercy and help along with overseeing any physical property a church has. We do not currently have any deacons, but hope the Lord will provide those to serve in this office someday in the future.

Nursery Director: Katie Hardy


I was born and raised in Wichita, KS. I graduated from KU with a degree in behavior analysis and am married my high school sweetheart, David. I interned with a campus ministry called Cru for two years in Lawrence before David and I joined full-time staff with Cru. We were placed at K-State and moved to Manhattan in 2014, and our daughter, Roosevelt, was born shortly after. I never pictured myself living in a small town, but Manhattan is pretty great. I'm a big fan of good cups of coffee, watching basketball, dogs, and spending time with my family.



Serving Coordinator: Hope Perlstein


Hope will tell you about herself later, for now you just got to know she's an amazing Serving Coordinator. If you'd like to help out with Greeting, filling communion cups let her know. 



MusiCIANS: Tim Durrett