church staff

our pastors

Pastors Greg and Debbie have been happily married since 1976. Their growing family includes a son, 5 daughters, and 12 grandchildren.

Pastor Greg is a 1980 graduate of RHEMA Bible Training Center in Tulsa Oklahoma. After pastoring a church for 3 years in Cut Off, Louisiana, the Lord directed the Varney’s to move back to their home town of Topeka in March of 1985 to establish Light of the World Christian Center.

Besides pastoring a growing church, they enjoy sports, traveling, riding on their Harley, and spending time with their kids, and grandkids.

Francis Newell	Francis Newell
Assistant Pastor
785.271.1010 ext. 311
Get to know Francis

What do you like most about working at LOTW?
I enjoy the ever presence of the Lord and His people. I like being a part of seeing people’s lives changed by the Word and Holy Spirit. Seeing someone regain hope in their life as they realize Jesus paid the price for it all (is a wonderful sight).
Working on updating my house, riding in my convertible, shooting and fishing.

Family Info:
Son, Scott, lives in Lawrence and daughter, Kristin, who was recently married lives in Denver, CO.

Assistant Pastor at Light of the World Christian Center since January 1994,
Graduated from Light of the World Bible School in May 1996

Darla Harris Darla Harris
Worship Leader
785.271.1010 ext. 341
Get to know Darla

What do you like most about working at LOTW?
It is such a blessing to be able to work and serve in a ministry that has changed my life. Also it is great to be a part of something that is so much bigger than just myself

Spending time with my family

Family Info:
Darla and her husband Michael have two children, Hannah and Benjamin.

Music Education Degree
Washburn University

Katie Fowler Katie Fowler
Youth Pastor/Worship Leader
785.271.1010 ext. 352
Get to know Katie

More info coming soon!


Financial Secretary
785.271.1010 ext. 344

Get to know Jeanine

What do you like most about working at LOTW?
I like that things are done with such excellence and integrity. I'm thankful for the opportunity to help Pastors Greg and Debbie fulfill their God-given vision for LOTW.

Reading, sports, and jigsaw puzzles

1983 Bachelors in computer science and mathematics,
RHEMA Bible Traning Center graduate class of 1988,
Has been in ministry on foreign field from 1994-2008.

Kathleen Cohen Kathleen Cohen
Receptionist/Bookstore Manager
785.271.1010 ext. 301
Get to know Kathleen

What do you like most about working at LOTW?
Have a place to “put my hand to the plow” to further the kingdom of God.

Sewing and gardening

Family Info:
Kathleen is married to her husband Marc, and has three grown children.

Graduated from Light of the World Bible School in 1996

Ashlee Mendoza
Children's Ministry
785.271.1010 ext. 351
Get to know Ashlee

More info coming Soon.

Todd Vickery
Todd Vickery


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