|HISTORY - 1955
(This information was taken from a 1955 church directory.)
The church of Christ had its beginning in Wichita, over half a
century ago. On August 23, 1903, a small group of Christians began
meeting in a residence at 333 Cleveland Avenue. No permanent meeting
place was available during this early period, which necessitated
many changes of location. The gradual growth enabled the
congregation to purchase its first meeting house at the corner of
Mathewson and First. Many congregations, both locally and abroad,
can trace their beginning, either directly or indirectly, back to
this first Wichita congregation. May we ever "offer a prayer of
thanks to God" to the foresight and wisdom shown by those good
brethren, and the many others on down the pages of time.
In 1912 a few of the members of the Mathewson and First
congregation, living on the West Side, began meeting in their homes
for Bible study. This continued for about two years, at which time
it was decided to erect a small building at 1006 W. Maple. On March
22, 1914, the work started with a gospel meeting. At the close of
this meeting about 35 members began regular work. In 1918 they were
organized as a separate congregation. In 1923, having outgrown the
house, lots were purchased and a building was erected at the corner
of University and Walnut.
In the summer of 1930, a building was purchased at the corner of
Emporia and Lincoln, where G. K. Wallace, who was then working with
the University and Walnut congregation, conducted a meeting. At the
close of the meeting a congregation was organized known as the
Emporia Avenue Church of Christ. At that time Wichita was then
blessed with three congregations active in the work of the Lord.
Because of their united love for the Gospel, their uncompromising
stand for the truth only, with a pioneering spirit in regard to new
fields and an eye to the future, the city of Wichita now is blessed
with 12 active congregations of the Lord's church. You will find all
12 of these congregations with addresses and phone numbers of their
local evangelists and elders at the back of this directory.
A history of this congregation would not be complete without
mention of some of the goals already achieved. A few years ago the
Emporia Avenue elders decided to help a small struggling
congregation in Manhattan, Kansas, who were meeting in a converted
dwelling. Today they are practically self-supporting, and have just
recently purchased a building of their own. Already they are asking,
"where can we expand?". The Emporia Avenue church has extended a
helping hand and sacrificed many of its members in various
directions of the world as well as to many congregations of the
This congregation was instrumental in making possible the "seeing
and hearing" of the nation-wide ABC Radio Broadcast of the Herald of
Truth gospel message. This message originated from the halls of the
Arcadia Auditorium, Forum Building, to an estimated radio audience
in America of approximately 3,000,000 listeners. Over 100
neighboring congregations were invited to the originating broadcast.
The city of Wichita, after witnessing a full page ad of this
occasion, in the local paper, soon realized that truly, the Wichita
churches of Christ were on the march.
Just recently the Laclede congregation was established by the
Emporia Avenue congregation, and furnished it with a completely new
building and equipment. Over $23,000.00 was raised in a short time
to finance this operation. Today, they are practically
self-supporting and ready to expand.
The Emporia Avenue church is extremely fortunate in being, under the
oversight of four elders with a desire to unit their efforts and
vision to the advancement of the future growth of Christ's kingdom.
We ask your prayers that we may remain sound in the faith, godly in
our lives, and devoted to the welfare of the church. May we also be
thankful. for the sincere deacons, song directors and Bible School
teachers that God has blessed us with. Also, for the many thoughtful
deeds of every member from time to time and the ever present desire
to dwell together in unity.
If the past is a prediction of the future, then surely the kingdom
of Christ in Wichita can be led to greater heights. Even as the
light of that sacred star which guided men wiser than the kings of
this earth to the feet of Jesus to pay honor to Him, so may the
thought of the future guide each of us to direct the footprints of
our friends and neighbors to Jesus also.
May the aim of the 12 congregations in Wichita be -
"A DESIRE THAT ULTIMATELY THE ,CHURCH FOR WHICH CHRIST DIED, MAY
SUPERSEDE ALL THE MOMENTS OF MEN. MAY CHRIST'S CHURCH CONTINUE TO
SHINE IN ALL ITS ANCIENT BEAUTY, PURITY AND PRISTINE GLORY IS OUR
Elders, Emporia Avenue Church of Christ
Taken from a 1955 church directory.