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Our Mission & Vision

Our vision with the community

Nestled in the beautiful Flint Hills of north-eastern Kansas, Manhattan is approximately 2 hours west of Kansas City, 8 miles north of I-70. Our community is home to the Kansas State University Wildcats, Manhattan Christian College, American Institute of Baking, and Manhattan Area Technical College. Ft. Riley, America’s warfighting center, is a quick 15 minute drive away, and we have numerous recreational facilities, including 2 large lakes, just minutes away. Whether you are here for a great education, a great football game, maybe military being transferred, or you are here for the fishing, we extend a warm welcome to Manhattan and an invitation to come visit the Best Church in Kansas!

Our Stand

Manhattan Baptist is a fundamental, missions-minded, prayerful Baptist church. We use the King James Bible for all our services. We believe in a Holy God Who loves all people enough to provide a way of salvation; this salvation is free to all who will call upon His Name. To receive this salvation from God, we must realize we are sinners, and that our sinfulness separates us from Him. The Bible says that the wages of our sin is death, but God offers to us the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross to pay the debt of sin for us, was buried, and arose from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Romans 10:9 says “that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt belive in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

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Our Pastor

Phillip Russell and Family

My wife, Maria, and I were born and raised in Southeast Kansas. At the age of 10, I accepted Christ as my personal Savior. In March 2005, I surrendered my life into God’s ministry. I met Maria while fulfilling an internship for Baptist Bible College. We served at Bible Baptist Church in Russellville, AR from 2009 to 2016 as youth pastor. We then moved to Denison, TX as I took the youth pastor position at Southside Baptist Church until 2019. 

I accepted the call to be pastor at Manhattan Baptist Church in November 2019. We consider it a great honor and privilege to be able to be able to serve our Lord, the members of Manhattan Baptist Church, and the community of Manhattan.

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"Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee, he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved." – Psalm 55:22