Marc Riegel, Associate Pastor of Worship
Phone: (785) 263-3342 (Church Office)
What do you do for fun?
Before I was hired as the Youth Pastor, I was a public school teacher (band director) and I always listed my participation with the church as what I did for fun. I love working with kids, and using my music background to worship the Lord. Since this is now my job, I guess that I will say that spending time with my family, whether playing golf, basketball and baseball with my sons, having a “date night” with my wife, or getting together with my extended family. All of these could constitute as fun for me.
What is your favorite book, tv show or movie?
One of my goals as I transition from a teacher to a youth pastor, is to spend more time reading good books. As of right now, the only book I read on a regular basis is the Bible. I hope to continue the study of that, and then start reading more books as it relates to my faith. My favorite movies usually fall into two categories: sport’s movies and animated movies.
What is your favorite food?
I love chicken enchiladas, my mom’s lasagna recipe, almost anything involving chocolate, and a good strawberry-rhubarb crisp.
What was your childhood ambition?
My twin brother and I wanted to be the first twins in space. After I learned that you had to have 20/20 vision to be an astronaut, I wanted to be computer engineer. By God’s grace, He has planned my first 14 years of teaching music to prepare me for a job as a youth pastor.
What was your first job?
My first job as a kid was picking tobacco in the fields of North Carolina the summer between my freshman and sophomore year in high school. I also sold Sasparilla in the “Long Branch Saloon” in historic Boot Hill, was a lot boy at a car dealership, and flipped burgers at Wendy’s.
What makes you laugh?
My sons make me laugh when they do silly things.
Who inspires you?
Jon Bacon, a college buddy whose  son has Lukemia. His trust in the Lord inspires me to persevere through tough times.
What is your favorite Bible verse or passage?
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
“Then He said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world but lose, or forfeit his very soul.'” -Luke 9:23-25
What is one of your favorite characteristics of Christ?
I love Christ’s patience with His disciples, because I know I am in need of that patience on regular occasion.