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Joyful Hearts in a Heartland Capital

01. November 2011

Columns, Congregation of the Month,

  

Location: Topeka, Kan. (pop. 130,000)
Presbytery: Midwest
Organization Date: Nov. 18, 1888
Membership: 74 communicant; 24 baptized
Pastor: Brad Johnston
Website: http://www.topekareformedpres.org

The mission of Topeka Reformed Presbyterian Church (TRPC) is to love and obey God, to follow Christ, and (by the power of the Holy Spirit) to share the richness of God’s grace, mercy and love with others. In 2011 we emphasized glorifying God by pursuing our satisfaction in Him.

The request to organize the Topeka congregation was first submitted to the Kansas Presbytery meeting at Winchester, Kan., on Oct. 16, 1888. There were 45 church buildings in Topeka, as well as a large number of missions, and no saloons. The congregation was organized by a commission of the Kansas Presbytery on November 18 of that year with 42 charter members. The first meeting place of the congregation was the Ladies Library Hall.

The church building has been located in three different places over the years. Buildings at the previous two locations have been demolished. The current building was placed in service in 1996.

Since organization, the congregation has been served by 17 pastors. Thirty men have served as ruling elders of the congregation since it was organized, and at least 52 ...

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