Ministry Team

R ev. Gregory K. Riggen was born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1960. The middle son of non-Christian parents, he grew to be the product of a very turbulent decade. God had plans for him, however, and the dramatic change that resulted is well worth finding out.

Greg Riggen first visited a United Pentecostal Church at the age of 11. Although his parents were very much against it, he continued to attend. He received the Holy Ghost and was baptized in Jesus’ Name when he was 12, and subsequently led his father, mother, two brothers, and 77 year-old grandmother to the Lord. He felt a call into the ministry that summer, and preached his first message on a Wednesday night at the age of 13.

After completing High School in Dallas, Texas, Pastor Riggen received his Th.B. from Texas Bible College in Houston. With a 4.0 average, he was valedictorian of his graduating class.

Upon receiving his degree, he began his ministry teaching in the ACE school of Rev. Wayne McClain in South Houston. He began pastoring at age 24, and has pastored in Texas, Colorado, Mississippi, and Kansas.

In 1988, Pastor Riggen published his first book, The Madness and Method of Modern Music. He has written numerous articles, and has written several lessons for Word Aflame Publications (for both the Adult and Elective Series). He recently developed a one hour Bible study entitled, Do All Speak with Tongues? which he hopes to make available to the public shortly.

Through the years, Pastor Riggen has held the following positions: Youth Camp Teacher, Youth Camp Principal, Sectional Foreign Missions Director, Sectional Secretary, and District Home Missions Secretary. For six years, he served as the Kansas District Sunday School Director and Newspaper Editor. In May, 2002, he was elected as the District Secretary, a position which he held until March of 2004. At that time, he was elected as Superintendent of the Kansas District UPC, a position he held until May 2007. He has also served as Vice-Chairman of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Olathe.

Pastor Riggen’s Personal Blog

Rev. Andrew Merriman is currently overseeing our first satellite location – the Truth Church of Gardner, Kansas. He was born May 21, 1980, and raised in Southern Illinois. After High School, he married and joined the U.S. Air Force. He was eventually stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, where he accepted his call into the ministry. While there, his first two children were born.

In the Fall of 2003, Rev. Merriman was transferred to Minot, North Dakota. There, he worked with the Pastoral Ministry Staff, serving in Youth Ministry and Sunday School. The following year, he was deployed to Iraq and proudly served our country during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2005, Rev. Merriman left the Air Force and returned to Southern Illinois. There, he assisted in a Home Missions church, wearing many hats of the ministry. During this time, he also completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. It was also during this time that his third daughter was born.

Upon graduating from college in the Spring of 2007, God led him and his family to Kansas City and New Life Pentecostal Church. Under the direction and leadership of Pastor Gregory Riggen, Rev. Merriman experienced personal and spiritual growth as he fulfilled various roles while serving on the local Ministry Staff. Among those roles were the offices of Sunday School Director, Youth Minister, and Corporate Secretary for the church.

In the Summer of 2013, as a result of Pastor Riggen’s vision for the Kansas City Metro, God began dealing with Rev. Merriman about starting a church in the neighboring city of Gardner. After much prayer, fasting, and counsel, Rev. Merriman felt the confirmation of God to plant the Truth Church of Gardner. On Easter Sunday, 2014, the first service was held. God continues to bless this endeavor, and the church continues to grow.

In 2015, Rev. and Sister Merriman added to their family by adopting two siblings (a boy and a girl). They are excited about the opportunity to not only bring these children into their lives, but, more importantly, to raise them in a Christian home.

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R ev. Brandon Hilton was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1986 to godly Apostolic heritage. Both of his parents were raised in Apostolic homes. His grandfather, Rev. L.D. Hilton, was the second pastor of New Life Pentecostal Church. He was dedicated to the service of the Kingdom of God as an infant, and his parents raised him to love the things of God and pursue a relationship with the Savior! He received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and was baptized in the lovely name of Jesus Christ at the age of 10. Six years later, he acknowledged the call of God on his life to become a minister of the Gospel.

As has already been mentioned, his grandfather was a minister. Rev. L.D. Hilton had not only been pastor of New Life, but had served in other ministerial capacities, including evangelizing. The influence of Grandpa Hilton, however, was abruptly taken from him when his grandfather was promoted to Glory in 1996. In spite of this seemingly devastating loss, God replaced that void with the coming of Pastor Gregory Riggen, the current pastor of New Life Pentecostal Church. These men have greatly affected the direction in which God has drawn Rev. Brandon Hilton to serve the Kingdom of God.

Rev. Hilton is currently active in teaching the New Converts’ Care on Sunday afternoons. He is also leading the effort to plant a new satellite location in LaCygne, Kansas. Every Wednesday evening, Rev. Hilton drives more than an hour each way to hold a weekly Bible Study. Already souls are coming to God, and lives are being changed.

Rev. Hilton is married to Pastor Riggen’s middle daughter, Andrea. They have two daughters and a son.

Rev. Brandon Hilton

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R ev. Douglas K. Goff has lived his entire life as a Kansas City, KS native. Born in Overland Park in September of 1979, Rev. Goff spend most of his childhood in the small town of Bonner Springs. Rev. Goff’s late grandfather, Rev. James A. Goff, was the pastor in Bonner Springs, and his father, Rev. Jonathan G. Goff, was the assistant pastor. Because of this, Douglas carries a burden for people and understands the sacrifice needed to minister.  As a fourth generation Apostolic preacher, Rev. Goff has a rich Apostolic heritage. He received the Holy Ghost at 16 years of age and felt a call to the ministry in 1997.

Rev. Goff has made his career at Kansas City Southern Railroad, having worked there since 2000. He is an expert in the industry, working with advanced locomotive electrical systems, and has had ten years of technical training.
Rev. Goff completed the EXCELL program from Texas Bible College, and, in pursuit of higher education, he is currently working towards his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has served as local church youth leader, sectional youth leader, youth secretary, and youth president, working with ages 12 to 25. In 2009, Rev. Goff and his family felt led to start a home missions work in Mission, KS, where he pastored for two and a half years. December of 2011 brought Rev. Goff and his family to New Life Pentecostal Church. His ultimate goal is to help people in whatever capacity God wants to use him.

Rev. Douglas Goff


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R ev. Jared Hilton was born in Kansas City, Missouri in April of 1993. He is the son of Jerry and Reba Hilton, and grandson of Rev. L.D. Hilton (second pastor of New Life Pentecostal Church). Rev. Hilton has attended New Life since his birth.

Having acknowledged his calling into the ministry at the age of 14, he preached his first message, A Declaration of Dependence” when he was only 15. In November of 2014, he began serving as Youth Minister at New Life, and continues to hold that position to this day.

Rev. Hilton is currently working full-time for Dynamic Consultants Group while continuing to pursue the will of God. He took several courses from what is now the Institute of Conservative Apostolic Theology, and is currently enrolled in the Apostolic College of Biblical Studies based in Tulsa, Oklahoma (under the direction of Bishop Gary Howard). He expects to complete his studies in early 2017.

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