Arick Johanson

Lead Pastor

Arick joined the staff at Clay Center Christian in 2018.  A graduate of Clay Center High School in 2001, Arick attended Nebraska Christian College and graduated with a BA in Pastoral Ministry and BTh in Family Life Ministry.  As Lead Pastor,  Arick is passionate about preaching and teaching, making disciples, and leading the church in worship.  Arick and his wife  Kacy have three wonderful children together.


Chad Ferguson

Pastor of Discipleship & Family Ministry

Chad joined Clay Center Christian Church as our Pastor of Family Ministry & Discipleship in 2019.  Before joining our team, Chad spent 15 years working as a Chiropractor.  Chad obtained an AA from Nebraska Christian College and is currently working toward an MAT in Elementary and K-12 Special Education.  He is passionate about growing men in the Lord, strengthening family units, and biblical discipleship that can be translated simply and effectively to all ages.  Chad and his wife Kelly have three wonderful children together.


Rita Brhel

Director of Women's Discipleship

Rita joined our staff as Communications Director in 2016 and transitioned into her current role in 2020.  She grew up on a farm southwest of Glenvil and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2003.  As Women's Discipleship Director, Rita supports women in coming to know Jesus, grow in their faith and understanding of God's purpose for their life, and empowering them to make disciples of those in their lives. Rita and her husband Mike

have three wonderful children.


Sharon Smith

Administrative Assistant

Sharon joined the staff at Clay Center Christian in 2008. A graduate of Clay Center High School in 2001, Sharon oversees many of our day to day operations and offers valuable support to our ministry staff.  Sharon and her husband Rodney have one wonderful child together.