The First Pastor

About the same time as the church’s origin, the Reverend John A. Steele traveled to “Bleeding Kansas” from a flourishing congregation he had built in Grand View, Illinois.Family friends lived in Lecompton, the proposed capital of the new state. However, Steele was antagonized by the proslavery factions of Lecompton and instead chose to settle in the freestate community of Topeka. The pastorless Presbyterian congregation, having learned of the Reverend Steele’s background, fittingly selected the newcomer as minister of First Presbyterian Church.