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.


Timothy Durrett (Ruling Elder)


Tim was born in Zimbabwe (Africa) and sports a British accent. He and Christine met while in college 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 and they are all avid Star Wars fans.


Travis Shanahan (Ruling Elder)


Travis and his family moved from Olathe to Manhattan in 2013 to help plant Manhattan Pres. Travis is the chairman for church planting in the Heartland Presbytery.  Amy grew up in New England while Travis is from small town Kansas. They have 4 children, Chloe, Ethan, Jackson, and Isaac. Travis enjoys Chicago Cubs baseball, K-State sports, smoking meats and a wide-range of outdoor activities.


Brian Hough (Teaching Elder)


Brian and his wife Laura grew up in Houston, Texas and both graduated from Texas A&M University (Whoop!). They have lived in Kansas for ten years and love it. They have three children, Beckham, Sadie Piper, and Berkley. Brian enjoys bicycling, wiffleball, reading, Astros, soccer, Wildcat sports, meeting new people and all sorts of fun foods.



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.