• 1 1909

    Auburndale Mission

    The Christian Women's Board of Missions, composed of members from the various Christian Churches in Topeka, established a Bible School known as Auburndale Mission. This Bible School was maintained for about three years, and then R.C. Harding organized a small church known as Auburndale Christian Church.
  • 2 1914

    Clara H Hazelrigg

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    Evangelist Clara H Hazelrigg became pastor of the church and the church grew in membership. Under her leadership a stone basement was completed at the corner of Duane and Lindenwood.
  • 3 1916

    Name changed

    The name of the church was changed to West Side Christian Church on June 21.
  • 4 1923

    Lots purchased

    Four lots were purchased at 6th and Lindenwood. The cornerstone for a new building was laid on October 7.
  • 4 1924

    Building dedicated

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    The new building was dedicated on May 4, and served as the meeting place of the congregation until 1959.
  • 5 1959

    Education Unit

    Through the years the work of West Side Christian Church progressed and on February 22, the congregation moved into the new Education Unit. This unit contains approximately 12,000 square feet. The old building was razed in April.
  • 6 1965

    Groundbreaking

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    On February 28, a groundbreaking service for a new sanctuary and office unit was held on the site of the old sanctuary.
  • 7 1966

    New sanctuary dedicated

    This unit was dedicated on March 6. It contains a sanctuary which seats 314 persons, three offices, a choir room, sacristy, and baptismal dressing rooms.
The following is a list of those who have served as ministers of West Side Christian Church during its ministry:

J. Ira Jones, 1912; Clara H Hazelrigg, 1914 – 1931; Frank G. Richard, 1931 – 1934; Thomas O. Parish, 1935 – 1939; Garner D. Noland, 1939 – 1942; Harlie Snodgrass, 1942 – 1944; Robert E. Beck, 1944 – 1948; Howard Stanbrough, 1948 – 1949; Hugh B. Warner, 1949 – 1955; Monroe M. Miles, 1955 – 1960; Robert A. Langston, Jr., 1960 – 1991; Jerry D. Deffenbaugh, 1991 (Interim); Richard P. Gates, 1992 – 2001; William E. Bowles, 2001 – July 2002 (Interim); Susan M. "Suz" McIver, July 2002 – Nov. 2007; Howard Cupp, 2008 – April 2009 (interim); Jay Gideon, July 2009 – Sept. 2009 (interim); Matt Broxterman, Oct 2009 – Dec 2011; David Webb, Jan 2012 – Jun 2013 (interim); Joe Hendrixson, Aug 2013 – July 2017