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Shawnee RPC

17. January 2018

Columns, Congregation of the Month,


Location:Shawnee, Kan.



Membership:106 communicant; 36 baptized

Elders:Paul Finley, provisional moderator; Dennis Wing, clerk; Bill Boyle; and Kevin Dennis


On Nov. 29, 1974, a service of dedication was conducted as the Kansas City and Olathe, Kan., RP congregations merged to form the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Shawnee. More than 100 years prior, Reformed Presbyterian pioneers first came to Kansas before it was a state!

The first record of RP settlers coming to Olathe was in 1857. The Olathe/Pleasant Ridge congregation was organized in 1865. In 1871, separate congregations were organized at Olathe and at Pleasant Ridge, but 20 years later they reunited. A church was built in Olathe in 1870, and the building still stands at 500 East Loula Street.

Covenanters in Kansas City, Mo., started services in 1888, and a congregation was organized. After meeting in rented buildings, the congregation bought a church building in the 1890s. In 1913, a new building was constructed at 4400 Wyoming Street and used until 1972, when the Olathe and Kansas City groups were led to merge and form the congregation now located in the Kansas City suburb of Shawnee, Kan.

With an average attendance of 121 ...

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