About Us

Our story of Transformation
Fun Story: The student in a green stripped shirt taught me how far you can launch a BOBA / Bubble from a bubble straw at this event. I got hit by no fewer than 10 bubbles. I’m in a green shirt.  Good Times! Kevin Christiansen

Our Focus

Mission Statement

Develop relational platforms focused on Youth Ministry and Community Development.

Vision Statement

Spark a movement of God stories across the country, one student, one cafe at a time.

Core Values

  • Quality Products
  • Tea Education
  • Relationships
  • Safe Environments
  • Position Impact on Community
  • Solid Theology

What We Believe

Statement of Faith

God's Word

We believe the Bible (the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments) is fully and divinely inspired by God and is without errors in the original writing. The Bible is the supreme and final authority in faith and conduct.

2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16-17


We believe that salvation is received by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. As we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that Jesus is Lord and

God raised him from the dead, the Holy Spirit, who is fully God, renews man’s heart bringing man into a place of forgiveness and justification through the merit of Christ our Savior being adopted into God’s eternal family as His children.

 Romans 10:9-10


Jesus Christ

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ being fully God and fully man, His

virgin birth, sinless life, perfect obedience to the Father, miracles, atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, and in His ascension to the right hand of the Father.

 Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, I Timothy 3:16, John 1:14, Philippians 2:6


Man / Sin

We believe that man was created by God in the image of God for a relationship with God. Through our disobedience toward God, man was alienated from God. Therefore, we, as sinful people, are incapable of a right relationship with God apart from receiving his divine grace bringing reconciliation to this relationship. This reconciliation was made possible through the death of Christ on our behalf and His resurrection from the dead.

 Acts 16:31, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 10:9, Ephesians 2:8-9

Heaven / Hell

We believe in a literal heaven and hell. The eternal status of those who follow and do not follow Christ is determined by Christ, based on their relationship with Him.

 John 6:47, John 10:10, Revelations 22:5

Second Coming of Christ

We believe Jesus Christ will come again to the earth in power and glory – both personally and visibly – to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

 I Thessalonians 4:135:4, Matthew 24:29-31


We believe in God as the Creator of all things perfect in love and righteousness, eternally existing as the Trinity in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 Deuteronomy 6:4, Galatians 1:1, Ephesians 4:6, Romans 9:5, Colossians 2:9John 1:1, Acts 5:3-4

Earthly Purpose of
Man / Missions

We believe man’s earthly purpose is to worship God and tell others about

Him. Every Christian is called to engage in the work of Kingdom building as God’s hands and feet by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and making disciples.

 Matthew 28:19-20

  • 20 Under 40

    20 Under 40

    Kevin receives the tremendous honor of being named one of Topeka’s Top 20 professionals under 40.

  • Summer Art Gallery and Student Outreaches

    Summer Art Gallery and Student Outreaches

    Community Wide Outreach Program in partnership with 7 local churches, Harvester’s Food Network, and BSM reaches 100s of students throughout the summer.

  • New Market

    New Market

    Mobile Launch of Wisconsin Cafe

  • Turning of a Page

    Decision is made to close the Fairlawn Plaza Cafe.

  • Cafe # 2

    Cafe # 2

    Café Barnabas Signs lease on Second café located at West Ridge Mall in Topeka, KS.

  • First Free Lunch

    First Free Lunch

    Café Barnabas hosts first of many free lunches for student and youth pastors

  • First Concert

    First Concert

    Café Barnabas hosts the first of many free concerts. Featured Artist: Manic Drive

  • We’re Open

    We’re Open

    Open first café located inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall.

  • The Pursuit

    The board makes the decision to begin pursuing a fixed location for the cafe.

  • Tea on Tour: Farmer’s Markets and Festivals

    Tea on Tour: Farmer’s Markets and Festivals

    After a decision to postpone pursing a fixed location cafe, the board made the wise decision to instead launch a mobile version of the cafe. This developing mobile model would become the vision for launching additional cafes in the future.

  • Education


    Kevin and his wife Debbie attended a Conference dedicated to loose leaf tea to connect with vendors and gain knowledge and skills at crafting quality tea.

  • The Beginning

    Board of Directors draft bi-laws and Kevin Christiansen chosen to serve as Executive Director

  • Launch

    A group of generous monthly and one time donors provides the initial and continual funds needed to launch a Not-For-Profit organization focused on connecting youth to adult mentors.