From the beginning, this
congregation has been self-supporting and was soon involved in
Christ's great commission. Several local works, along with work in
Africa, Europe and China were either begun or significantly assisted
by Emporia Avenue.
The congregation continued to grow until they needed a newer, larger building. The red brick building, which housed 16 classrooms, two offices and a 400 seat auditorium, was built just
north of the old Emporia Avenue building, which was torn down and a parking lot made in its place. The first services were held in the building on July 25, 1965.
The elders at that time were Raymond Carver, Houston Craft, Floyd Lauterbach and Bill Nagel. The preacher was Travis Looper and those serving as deacons were Al Alliston, Jimmy Carver,
Phil Clements, Frank Davis, David Dildine, George Hedrick, Eldon Howell, Jack McDermott, Leon Stitt and James Tandy.
In June of 1975, Willis Hood was hired to prepare to go to Minnesota to establish a congregation. Willis and Barbara worked here at Emporia Avenue for a year as many decisions had to be
made. Willis and three of the elders, Les Hicks, Bill Nagel and Leon Stitt went to Minnesota to check out locations for a congregation. We found that Pete Nuthak was struggling to start a
congregation in St. Cloud and after much preparation it was decided to send Willis and his family to St. Cloud which was done July 1976.
Willis and Pete worked together in St. Cloud for nine years after the congregation was started. In January 1993 the church in St. Cloud, MN became self supporting and growing. Willis
returned to Emporia Avenue in August of 1993 and became our Evangelism minister after a job well done in St. Cloud.
James King and Mark Dietsch at Marshall, MN were supported by Emporia Avenue for many years.
As growth continued to occur over the years, the elders made plans to expand the church building at
Lincoin and Emporia, Wichita. The end result was an addition to the north side of the
building. It consisted of two offices, a kitchen, two rest rooms and a fellowship hall which was a very large room that could be partitioned off into two sections for classroom purposes.
The new section was completed in March 1988. The elders at that time were Raymond Carver, Les Hicks, Bill Nagel and Leon Stitt. Clifford Payne was the preacher and those serving as deacons
were Frank Boyle, Jim Burket, Herb Duncan, Lyndell Duncan, Verlon LaForce, Vern Lickliter, Arthur McDonald, Gary Phelps, Roy Rankin and Robert Smith.
At this writing in November 2000 our elders, Phil Clements and Lee Lewis, oversee the work at Emporia Avenue supported by the deacons Lyndell
Duncan, Jim Flowers, Joe Holems, Royce Meili, Marvin Parkey, Gary Phelps, Roger Rankin, Richard Sharp, Leroy Tice, and Jim Woods. Our ministers are Willis Hood and Mark Haas.
And the work goes on........................................