In 1912 the Titanic sank, Theodore Roosevelt visited Wichita, Kansas gave women the right to vote and Wichita First Church of the Nazarene was born.
On May 1, 1912 Rev. A.S. Cochran and Rev. R.E. Gilmore pitched a tent at the corner of Market and Zimmerly. Four weeks later, 16 members became “The Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene” and the church was officially organized on Monday, June 27, 1912.
We celebrated our church’s 100th anniversary in the summer of 2012. For more than a century, God’s love and faithfulness has been at the center of our church life.
When that infant church was organized more than 100 years ago, those 16 people could not have possibly imagined how many thousands of lives have been touched and changed because of their faithfulness, hard work, sacrifices and prayer. We are indebted to all of those in the past who have shown us the way to a holy life.
A detailed history of our church was put into written form for our centennial celebration and a copy of the book is available in the church office.
- Learn more about the Church of the Nazarene denomination.
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