Manna Fellowship Church came to Cass County via a slight detour from Africa.
In 2013, Pastor Rick Friesen left the staff of a vibrant suburban church to answer God’s call to missions. As a director for Manna Worldwide, a global missions and relief agency, Rick partnered with individuals and churches to start nutrition centers, orphanages, water purification systems and congregations throughout Africa.

The work in Africa was challenging and rewarding. Yet God had more in store.

Nearly 20 years ago, Rick accepted the call to local pastoral ministry. He still felt that calling, but the work in Africa was urgent. He wrestled in prayer, trying to resolve the tension. Something had to give. Or did it? 

God revealed to Rick that the causes were not in conflict. Soon after, Manna Fellowship Church was born. It began in Rick’s living room in 2015 and now meets near Raymore, Mo. It’s a unique church dedicated to the spiritual and practical needs of Raymore and Belton. Yet it has a vision that extends around the globe.

In April of 2016, Rick chose to focus full time on the local congregation. Manna Fellowship Church maintains strong ties to Manna Worldwide, including sponsoring missionaries and an orphanage in Kenya.


As unique as that story is, it was only the beginning. Rick had a decades-long friendship with local Pastor Bill Boren of Crosspointe Baptist Church in Raymore. The two had partnered and shared ministry resources since Manna opened.

God began knitting the two pastors and churches together until they agreed to a full-fledged partnership, uniting under the banner of Manna Fellowship Church in February of 2017.

What's next? Only God has the details, but we know the story will be a good one because He is good.
And you’re invited to help us write the next chapter.