First Presbyterian Church of Topeka has several fun and spirited events planned for summer 2019! These all-church events are open to any member or visitor. All are welcome, regardless of denomination. All who seek Christ are welcome here. Mark your calendars and join us as we enjoy fellowship together throughout the warm summer months!
Special Summer Services
8:30 & 10:30 a.m. | July 14
Sunday worship on July 14 is a celebration of summer! Come to church as you are in shorts, t-shirt and flip flops! This Sunday of fun allows the church to come together, relax and get festive. Join us on Flip Flop Sunday!
8:30 & 10:30 a.m. | July 21
Rev. Joan Gray, Moderator of the 217th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), plans to speak in our worship services on Sunday, July 21. She will preach at both the 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. services.
Joan S. Gray was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (US) in 1978. Since then, she has served in fourteen ministry settings. She has long been active in the PC(USA) and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia Theological Seminary. Her educational degrees are from Presbyterian College, Columbia Theological Seminary, General Theological Seminary (Episcopal) in New York City (Master of Sacred Theology in Spiritual Direction), and Wesley Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry) in Washington, DC.
She is the co-author of Presbyterian Polity for Church Leaders, and the author of Spiritual Leadership for Church Officers and The Sail Boat Church: Helping your Church Rethink Its Mission and Purpose, all published by Westminster/John Knox Press.
Joan grew up in South Carolina, as did her husband Bill Gray, a Presbyterian ruling elder. The Grays live in Atlanta.
It is a HUGE and great honor that First Presbyterian was chosen to host Joan Gray. You don’t want to miss this extra-special Sunday!
8:30 & 10:30 a.m. | August 25
The Dr. Rev. David Ndavi Nzioka, Lead Pastor at Neema Community Church in Olathe, will be our guest preacher on Sunday, August 25. He will preach at both the 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. services.
David was born and raised in Thwake Village, Kenya, where he received his background education. After receiving his theological education from the Presbyterian university in Kenya, David was licensed and ordained in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa.
He served the PCEA congregation at Nanyuki for five years. He came to the United States for his Master of Divinity degree at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, before proceeding for his doctoral studies at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. While at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Rev. Nzioka and Rev. Sandra Brown worked together, and in 2012 Sandra traveled with him as part of a mission team to Kenya to help host a clinic in the Thwake Village.
Rev. Nzioka currently leads Neema Community Church in Olathe, Kansas, an immigrant and multicultural congregation that includes many people from Kenya and Tanzania. David is happily married to Dorothy Ndavi, and they have four children: Faith, Stephen, Rhoda and Matthew.
You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to hear Rev. Nzioka share his passion for Christ and the Gospel!