About Us

TFC Connection is a not-for-profit ministry that reaches out to the American teenager in the rural Kansas and Nebraska setting. We are dedicated to connecting teens with the truth of Jesus Christ, teaching and equipping them to carry out the Great Commission.

Our Vision

Our vision is to change the world from the heart of America by providing disciple making opportunities that serve communities where student ministries are limited.

Our Mission

We do that by, connecting teens with the truth of Jesus Christ…teaching and equipping them to live out the Great Commission.
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TFC Office

A Bible believing Youth Ministry 662 7th St. Phillipsburg KS

Our Team

Brian Fischer

Director
As a teenager Brian was a part of the Golden Plains Youth For Christ ministry at Northern Valley and he participated in events like Bible quizzing and monthly rallies. During his high school years he was also a part of the first mission trip teams and attended some of the first years of TFC Camp. In 2010 God called Brian back to Phillipsburg to become the Executive Director for the ministry now called Teens For Christ Connection. God is doing some great things within TFC and he continues to lead us forward into the future as we strive to do whatever it takes to help teenagers become fully devoted followers of Jesus. Brian’s wife Julie is the Office Manager for TFC and she does a great job keeping all of the finances in order. Brian and Julie also help lead the Phillipsburg TFC groups and they are the proud parents of Nathan and Natalie.

Lewis Smith

Logan
Lewis grew up in a ministry a lot like TFC Connection. Because of this kind of ministry, he fell in love with TFC. As a ministry that is involved with several communities and helps the teens get to know other Christians, Lewis loves TFC. Lewis’s wife Susan helps in many ways at TFC and works at a nursing home. Lewis and Susan have both been a part of the TFC family for 20+ years and love it. Lewis is one of the sound and tech guys at TFC.

Rob & Taffy Lewis

Southern Valley
Rob Lewis joined the TFC Staff in 2007 after having volunteered as a helper at the Southern Valley TFC group. He is the Southern Valley Director and brings his carpentry skills and get it done attitude to help with Mission Trips and TFC Camp. Rob also attended the Oxford TFC group as a teenager. His wife Taffy grew up as a staff kid as her parents joined the staff in 1978. She has been supporting Rob in his ministry since he joined and has recently started leading the weekly lessons. They have two children Christian and Cedric. Christian is 20 years old and Cedric is five.

Megan Wagner

Phillipsburg
Megan grew up in Phillipsburg and started going to TFC in high school. After college and a year-long internship in a church, she has come back to join staff and lead the Phillipsburg connection groups. She also leads and develops our worship bands throughout the year for retreats and camp.

Lavonne Ponstein

Disciplemaking Coach
Lavonne joined the TFC adventure back in 1983. For years she worked directly with students as a leader of the weekly Connection groups. Her passion for the ministry of TFC is that we will be a disciplemaking ministry imitating Jesus’ strategy for making disciples. Lavonne is currently working as “Disciplemaking Coach”  and Co-Camp Director for TFC as she focuses on spurring on individual staff members, interns, and others for the disciplemaking of many.

Ethan Rose

Thunder Ridge
Ethan’s TFC journey began as a teenager, when he started attending weekly meetings in Agra, KS. Throughout his high school years his involvement in the ministry grew, and by the time he went to college the Lord had placed this ministry on his heart as a place God might be calling Ethan back to. After serving in volunteer and intern positions throughout Ethan’s college years, it was only a matter of time before he would join staff here at TFC. Now after five years, Ethan couldn’t imagine being anywhere else! Ethan loves the being a leader in a local group, as well as Co-Camp Director where he gets to work with interns as they learn to plan and execute camp, and there is plenty of variety as he works together with our staff team in all of the “behind the scenes” activity of ministry.

Chris & Abbie Cochrun

Northern Valley
Chris and Abbie Cochrun serve together on TFC Staff! Chris grew up in Agra KS as a part of the Easter Heights TFC group, Abbie grew up as a part of the Northern Valley TFC group and they got to know each other through TFC! Chris handles a lot of technician and video related things for TFC and Abbie is TFC’s unofficial graphic designer and also facilitates TFC’s social media pages.

Dan & Lavada Klinger

Connecting with Families

Dan has been on staff since 1980.  Since Dan and Lavada married 35 years ago they have been a team impacting the lives of young people. The past few years they are connecting with families to encourage moms and dads.  They have 2 adult children.

David Noren

Oberlin

David began going to TFC meetings in high school. He attended the TFC meetings in his hometown of Oberlin. Along with the meetings, David traveled on TFC mission trips and went to TFC camp. In college David was a Camp intern for TFC. Recently, David joined TFC staff and now leads Oberlin TFC.

Janice Lundquist

Alumni Coordinator
Thunder Ridge
In the fall of 1981, Janice Lundquist became a part of the TFC Staff. She has served in and enjoyed almost every aspect of the ministry during that time. She currently works with the Thunder Ridge TFC group, working specifically with the Junior High age teens. Carrying on a dream of the staff, Janice is currently working on developing a ministry of encouragement to TFC Alumni to continue building a heart for discipleship in them.

April Teves

Logan
Arnie and April moved to Logan, Kansas in October of 2009. April’s grandfather’s family homesteaded south of Logan and she grew up coming to Logan every year for family reunions. So, when they moved here, it was like moving to her hometown, although she was raised in Colorado. Shortly after they moved here, April joined TFC staff and eventually became the leader of the Logan TFC group. They now co-lead the Logan group with Lewis and Susan Smith from Phillipsburg and they love being part of the community of Logan, getting to know the families and the teens, and teaching the teens about Jesus!

Noah Hansen

Creative Arts
Northern Valley
Noah grew up in TFC. His parents were on TFC staff when he was a kid. While a student he attended Northern Valley TFC. He served as an intern and a volunteer before he joined TFC staff. Noah writes sketches and produces drama for TFC’s use at camp, events, and connection groups.

Jenny Popp

Atwood

Our Statement of Faith

There’s no doubt that teens in the United States are in trouble. Violence, sex, drugs, peer pressure, resentment and anger all plague them. TFC’s goal of connecting these teens with Jesus is the only remedy for such a problem. Through connecting teens with other teens, Christian adults and the message of Christ, TFC serves God by connecting teens with the truth of Jesus Christ…teaching and equipping them to live out the Great Commission.
  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood and His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  6. We believe that all mankind will be bodily resurrected, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.