Goshen News, Goshen, IN

September 13, 2013

Topeka Baptist topic of meeting


THE GOSHEN NEWS

— TOPEKA — Wava Roy, one of the oldest members of Topeka Baptist Church, and her daughters will be sharing memories and the church’s history on Tuesday evening for the Topeka Historical Society.

The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the Topeka Branch Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

“While the Topeka Baptist Church has been a mainstay in the community for more than 150 years,” historical society president Harold Gingerich said, “most people have no idea of what inspired the formation of the church back in 1843. I grew up next door to Wava Roy and her late husband Bernie. While she is much too modest to admit it, Bernie and Wava took loving care of the church building and were some of the most faithful workers that church has ever known. She is a wealth of information about the history of the congregation that many of its members may not even be aware of.”

Men, including teacher J. Norman Babcock, who was the driving force behind the building of Sycamore Hall in the early 1900s, was among their members.

For more information, call 260-499-0126.