Sunday 9:15 & 10:45 am

Get to know our volunteers!

Suzanne North

🤲 In what ministries do you serve here @ TBC?

You can find me Sunday mornings helping with Kid Check in the Children's Ministy, during VBS week as a group leader, and behind a camera at special events.

🏡How long have you been a part of the Topeka community?

I am a Topeka native, so with the exception of a few years during my college and early career days, I have lived in Topeka all my life.

⛪️ What led you here to TBC?

God brought us here! In September 2016 my husband was driving a semi and was in a bad accident. The truck was totaled, but he was able to walk away. That day changed our lives. His injuries forced him to take several months off from work, and for us to re-organize almost every aspect of our lives. We knew there was a reason for the accident, but we didn't know what that was yet. In a search for a reason, we started a journey to find a church. It was a short journey; TBC was the first church we visited and we never left. I believe God brought him back to his family and then led us to find our church family. That day changed our lives and I am so very thankful for it!

📖 What is your favorite verse in the Bible?  

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
‭‭- Psalms‬ ‭61:2‬ ‭

🥤 Go to drink at Sonic?

Hands down, Cherry Limeade!
 Mike Gilliland

Wondering whose voice that was for last Sunday morning’s announcements? It was Mike! We’re so grateful for volunteers like Mike and his family who help it all happen. Check below so you can know Mike a little better!

1) When did you and your family start attending TBC? Feb 2015 ⛪️

2) What ministries do you volunteer in at the church? Building Attendant & A/V 🎙

3) What are your favorite activities to do with your family? Watch movies at home, and watch the kids play sports or dance. 🥅 💃🏼

4) What is your favorite Bible verse? “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” ‭- John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭📖

5) Apple or Android? Android 📱
Larry Anderson

⛪️ How long have you and Lorene been a part of Topeka Baptist?
Lorene and I have been members of Topeka Baptist Church for 18 years, it will be 19 in July.

🤝 What ministries are you involved in here at TBC?
I am a Deacon, I help with the cleaning, and usher. Lorene volunteers works with the Prison ministry and helps with the welcome team.

3) What is a Bible verse that has encouraged your recently?
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭15:57-58‬

🎵 Favorite worship song/hymn?
“In Christ Alone”

🥤 Pepsi or Coke?

📷 Where is your favorite place to visit?
We love the zoo 🦒🦓
Carla Martin

Carla & her husband Rick have been a part of TBC from day one!

Carla serves mainly with our toddlers and is a part of many events throughout the year.

Here are some things you may not have known about Carla 😄

🌯 Her favorite food is Qdoba 🌯

🏔 Her favorite place to go on vacation is in Colorado 🏔

📚 Favorite book is “It’s Not Supposed to be This Way” by Lysa TerKeurst 📚

📖 And her favorite verse in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  📖 
Michele Knox

⛪️ How long have you been attending TBC?
I’ve been a member since 2000/2001.

🤝 What ministries/events are you involved in as volunteer?
All my volunteer time all revolves around the children’s ministry! I lead the Kids Check In and serve in that area. I also help in AWANA with the cubbies on Wednesday evenings, the toddlers on Sunday mornings, and VBS in the summer.

⛪️ What is one thing you enjoy about serving in the church?
Just one!? That’s hard... I love seeing my little friends and how much they enjoy their time at church. Also, I love the impact it has on my kids and that they are learning ways to serve Christ. Ryleigh is already interested in when she gets to start volunteering and Jaxen helps me with the Check In schedule.

👦👩 What’s your favorite activity to do with your kids?
Play games! We sit at the dining room table most weekends and some evenings playing board games and cards.

🍕🌯 Where’s your favorite place to eat?
I don’t really have a favorite place to eat... there’s so much good food out there I can’t pick just one! My favorite food tho... that’s probably pizza or mexican. It’s too hard!
Colton & Chelsea Gentry

The Gentry’s have been a great help to our church. Currently Chelsea leads a women’s Bible study on Monday nights at church. They are going through the book of James. Colton hosts a group of young men for a Bible study every Monday night. Colton also fills in to teach for several classes on Sunday mornings.

⛪️ - How long have you been attending Topeka Baptist? We’ve been attending TBC for 4 years now

🏠 - Where are you originally from?

Chelsea is originally from Lindsborg, KS and I’m from Rossville, KS

🥘 - What’s your favorite place to eat in town? Chelsea’s favorite place to eat is Cracker Barrel and mine is Buffalo Wild Wings.

🏀 - Who will you guys be rooting for in the March Madness Tournament? We will both be cheering for K-State in the tournament!!
Brian Oxendine

Brian is a youth leader in our student ministry, helps in our AWANA ministry as well as fills in for teaching duties for several adult classes!
Here’s a little more about Brian 👇

⛪️ When did you first start attending TBC?
I first started attending TBC back in late 2010 when I moved up here to go to college.

What do you do for a living?
I’m an Actuary at Security Benefit.

🌮 Where’s your favorite place to eat at? Hmmm.. I’ll go with Fuzzy’s 😋

📖 Favorite Bible verse?
Right now I’d have to say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” ‭‭II Timothy‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭because I want to be able to get to the end of my life and say that.

Gerren Andres

⛪ When did you first attend TBC? Ashley and I visited TBC 12 years ago, looking for a church to call home. It was the second one we visited and immediately knew this was gonna be our church family.

🎧 How long have you been serving with the AV/Media team? I started serving about 7 years ago when we’re still in the upper building.

🙌 Favorite worship song? There are so many great ones, it’s hard since I have a favorite for each mood. Currently I would have to say “Reckless Love”. My go to Artist would have to be Michael W Smith though (80’s-current)

☀️ Favorite thing to do for fun? Spending time outdoors in the sun!!!

🏈 🏀 KU or KState? No real preference. I’m just glad we have two major universities in KS that keep sports interesting!
Candyce Halstead

We love seeing college students who have a desire to serve in our church! Candyce is one of those students who serves both on the worship team and with AWANA on Wednesday nights.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”‭- 1 Peter‬ ‭4:10
Jason Finson

⛪️ When did you first attend TBC? Laura and I's first Sunday at TBC was January 11, 2004. It happened to be Anniversary Sunday. And an ice storm. I think we were the only visitors that day.

🙌 When did you guys get involved with the worship team ministry? Laura and I knew TBC was "home" after the very first Sunday we attended and got involved right away. I think we joined the Worship Ministry within the first few months we attended.

🎄 Favorite Christmas movie? National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.... although the lights on our house look nothing like Clark's. Ours are perfectly spaced and perfectly straight, each with their own clip (no staple gun... haha!).

🎶 Favorite Christmas song?
“ Christmas Eve/Sarajevo” by the Trans Siberian Orchestra
Stan Doss

Stan is our human equivalent to facial recognition software! Stan is gifted with remembering your face and name along with the rest of your family. We’re thankful for him and the entire welcome team that serves our church 🙏🏼
Marla Heusted

Chances are that if you ever have been on campus, you have run across Marla. She serves in several ministries here at TBC including our welcome team 👋

Whether it is your first service or your hundredth service, our welcome team will be there to greet you with a smile. They can help answer any questions you might have with events, services or showing you where everything is located!