College Heights Baptist Church

Meet Our Deacons


College Heights Baptist Church

Gary Edwards
Deacon Chair

My wife Joy and I joined College Heights Baptist Church several years ago.
We were looking for a Bible believing church with a heart for missions. We found
both here. I was saved at the age of seven and have served in several capacities at
different churches as we moved during our lives. I sincerely believe that God will
send us down life's road expecting us to trust in Him and believing that His grace is
sufficient for us. I can tell you that He has always provided for us and sometimes He
has had to discipline us for our short comings but, He has never failed us.

I currently serve as Deacon with two years remaining on my term. I am also the chair
of the Personnel and Finance Committee here at College Heights. I am a CPA in with
a public practice here in Manhattan and Joy is Assistant Administrator at St. Joseph
Village. We have four children and two grandchildren.

Join us and all of the fine people who worship God each week here at College Heights
Baptist Church. I know that you will feel welcome and appreciate the warmth and
friendships you will develop here.






Robert Ridley

Bob is a retired veterinarian/Professor from the College of Veterinary Medicine
at Kansas State University. Bob and his wife of nearly 49 years, Kay, have
been members of College Heights Baptist Church since 1970,excepting 3 years when
they returned to mixed veterinary practice in his home state of Maine. Bob and Kay
have two grown daughters. Rebecca and her husband, Jeff Mosburg and their sons
Jake and Nick live in Manhattan. Karen and her husband, Brady Hight and their
son Maddox live in Topeka. Bob currently serves as chair of the deacon body, and has
one year left to serve in his current term. Bob is also a member of the Stewardship
and Finance/Personnel and Building and Grounds committees, has been a member of
the praise team, and is involved with the Conversational English program
for International Students.



Jack Rader

My Name is Jack Rader. I was born and raised in rural western North
Carolina. I was raised in a Christian home with my Dad being a staunch
Baptist and my Mother being Methodist. I have one sister who is my senior
by seven years. I professed Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the age of 11.
The trip with Him, since then has been one full of valleys and a few peaks.

I have personally experienced two miracles in my life. The first miracle
was a dramatic and sudden removal of alcohol abuse from my life. I can say
that this experience went down the very bottoms of my feet. The second
miracle involved my feet!! During a worship service, in 1975 our preacher
was preaching on the passage found in Matthew 14:22-31. At the moment
the preacher got to verse 30 where Peter has doubt and fears, and begins
to sink into the water, I suddenly had very wet feet!!! No it wasn't raining
as it was a clear and sunny, early summer day. All I can say about that
is WOW!

I got to Manhattan by way of the US Army in 1988. I was assigned
to Fort Riley for the second time. I entered the Army in January 1971
and I retired in January 1993. I served as a Military Policeman, with assignments
that took me from coast to coast in the US and to Central Europe. My wife,
of 40 years, Teresa is currently employed as a Department of the Army
Civilian at Fort Riley. We have been members of College Heights since
November 1988. It was here, at College Heights, that I was ordained
as a Deacon. I have, previously, served two three year terms as a Deacon.

We have two sons (Mark and Scott) and one grandson (Devon). Mark
lives in Manhattan and Scott and Devon live in Anchorage, Alaska.



John Mixer

I am John Mixer, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior and was baptized
as a child growing up in Kansas City. Then after completing college and getting
married, my wife, Virginia, and I moved to Manhattan in 1972 because of my
military service obligation. Manhattan was our first, and so far only home as adults.
I was 23 and we transferred our church memberships to College Heights. We chose
College Heights for our church home because we perceived the worship to be
sincere and genuine. The style of music and the pastor have changed since then but I
think our original perception is still true today.

According to our church bylaws, deacons are elected for three-year terms then they
must rotate off for at least one year. As I write this (Fall 2015) I am just starting my
fourth term as a deacon and I have a growing appreciation for the wisdom of this
bylaw. I teach Sunday School and am the moderator of our business meetings and
president of our corporation. I also help with meal prep for our Church dinners.
I have one adult daughter, a son-in-law and two grandsons who are serving
the Lord full time overseas.

I would like to invite anyone reading this to come to College Heights Baptist Church
for one Sunday or a lifetime.





George W. Wyatt, III

Carol and I were both born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri. We were married
after college, although we had met and dated since we were juniors in high school.
Work eventually brought us to Manhattan in January, 1971. On our first Sunday in
Manhattan, there was a heavy snow. We got stuck trying to get into the parking lot.
After battling the snow, we decided to go home and try CHBC again the next
week. We later joined and have been here ever since. We came looking for a Christ
centered church, which we found and we have stayed also finding Christian friends
and fellowship.

I was ordained a deacon in 1978. Since then, I have served several three-year
rotations as an active deacon. Over the years, I have chaired virtually every church
committee, most more then once.

I was raised in a Christian - Methodist home. Prior to Carol and my wedding in
1967, I professed Christ as my Savior and was baptized. I joined First Baptist
Church of St. Joseph, where Carol and her family were members. I am certainly a
 work in progress and I credit my wife and her encouragement as being a prime
factor leading to my Christian growth.

Carol and I have been blessed with two children, a son - George IV, and a
Daughter - Laura. Both are married and involved in their own churches and
professional career paths. Our son and his wife have also given us a marvelous
blessing in the form of a grandson - George V. Seeing your children succeed at
various stages of life is quite rewarding, but nothing matches the blessing of seeing
them accept Christ as their savior and be Baptized in their home church.

College Heights has been a wonderful church home to the Wyatt's for over four
decades. This fellowship can be just exactly what you make it to be. I hope you too
can find a church home with College Heights Baptist Church.


Jonathan Oliver



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