Independent Living


People move to The Cedars Village for an independent carefree living. 

Starting at age 60, couples and individuals move onto our beautiful 60-acre campus and enjoy the activities and maintenance-free living.


Our community of 115 patio homes which are primarily duplexes is designed to promote a sense of community. Homes range from 650 square feet, with convenient parking just steps from the front door to 1750 square feet, with enclosed two-car garages.






 LaundryView of open living space

Each home features spacious kitchens with full-sized appliances. Bathrooms can be customized with handrails and low entry showers for full accessibility. Our homes offer no steps or elevation changes.


Our Wellness and Conference Center, where many activities are held, is just a short walk away from your front door.


If the size, layout, or location of your desired home is not available when you are ready to move, you have the option of occupying a different home until your desired site becomes available.

In addition, The Cedars are currently building new units. Interested persons should contact the Vice President of Independent Living and Wellness.



John Ferrell

 Growing up in Texas, the son of a Free Methodist Pastor, John asked his father if it would be possible for him to attend Central College Academy in McPherson for his junior year in high school. While at Central College, John met his lifelong love, Claudine. Following graduation from McPherson College in 1951, he and Claudine taught at Centennial School in Rural McPherson County – Claudine the lower grades and John the upper. The Korean War was on the scene, and John joined the navy. Upon his return from service, he completed two years of graduate school at Seattle Pacific University. It was at that time that he began a 37-year relationship with Central Christian College serving as a social science professor, registrar, admissions counselor, student services staff, and finally 19 years as vice president for development. After his formal retirement from CCC, John worked for 20 years as a volunteer organizing college records.


When asked why he and Claudine chose to come to the Cedars 5 years ago, John replied, “Claudine was experiencing health problems.” Some years earlier, then CEO LeRoy Weddle had invited John to serve as a trustee on the Cedars Board. This experience plus many other family and friends connections with The Cedars brought John and Claudine to The Cedars community.John Ferrell


Retirees have many options when it comes to choosing a retirement setting. John shared that he was thankful for his years associated with The Cedars board. His and Claudine’s home was two stories with no bedroom or full bath on the first floor. As he had opportunity to come on the board, it was an opportunity to serve the McPherson community. The Free Methodist Church did not have an in-state retirement facility. In 1992 The Cedars broadened its church affiliation to include the Free Methodist constituency and has been intentional about serving a diverse group of people. John said, “The Cedars staff is loving and caring, the grounds and housing are beautiful, and residents are quality people.”


[Prepared by Steven Gustafson from an interview with John Ferrell on May 17, 2017]