Eric Stelzer

Neighborhood Church Olathe, Kansas
Lead Church Planter
Olathe Kansas
Neighborhood Church Olathe
February 13

About My Family

My name is Eric Stelzer. I have been married to my wife, Leah, for two years. We have a 1-year-old daughter named Hadley. Before moving to Kansas City late in spring 2016, we lived in Harrisburg, Pa. I graduated from Lancaster Bible College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in pastoral ministries. I am a few classes away from a master's degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

I grew up in a Christian home but found myself addicted to drugs and alcohol in high school. It wasn't until I was 20 that I gave my life to Jesus and was called to spend the rest of my life in full-time ministry. My life is devoted to passionately knowing and loving Jesus and to introducing people who are far from God to our great Savior. I do that through the things I love like making pizza, playing basketball, creating videos and meeting strangers.

About My Church Plant

Neighborhood Church Olathe was birthed in spring 2019. I helped plant Neighborhood Church in Overland Park for three years before my wife and I were sent out to plant a new church in Olathe. During that time we saw many people come to faith in Jesus.

There are 112,000 people in our city who do not have a relationship with Jesus. We believe the most effective way to reach our city is by each person in our church being committed to reaching their immediate neighbors and coworkers with the gospel and then equipping those new believers to reach their neighbors.

Our vision is to see each of the 162 neighborhoods in Olathe have a community of believers who love, serve and reach their neighborhoods. We call this "micro-church" a neighborhood community. We launched our first neighborhood community in fall 2019.

NAMB Church Planting

Demonstrated Christian character is essential for missionaries and chaplains to gain credibility and build community. A missionary is a person who, in response to God's call and gifting, leaves his or her comfort zone and crosses cultural, geographic or other barriers to proclaim the gospel and live out a Christian witness in obedience to the Great Commission. The North American Mission Board supports missionaries serving across the United States, Canada and their territories. Churches are the missionary incubators and sending centers for missionaries through the Southern Baptist Convention. Missionaries serve in a variety of settings and face tremendous challenges. But the rewards are tremendous and life-changing. Missionaries have the privilege to represent their church and their Father in sharing the gospel as the primary focus of their activity. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as a potential missionary or chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at


Please pray that God would continue to give each of our team members boldness as they share Jesus in word and deed with their neighbors. Please pray as we seek to partner with Mission South Side to reach more people in our city with the gospel. Please pray that God would open more doors with our neighbors and coworkers to share the gospel.


You can participate by: Joining our prayer team and receiving our updates by emailing me at Sending a team and resources to help us do block parties and outreach. Moving into a neighborhood of Olathe to do ministry with us. Financially partnering with our church as a whole. Financially partnering with my family as we raise full-time support.
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