Crossroads Baptist Church, Riley, Kan., celebrated its 40th anniversary Sunday, April 10.

The church was formerly a Missionary Baptist congregation. Attendance had dwindled to a handful when steps were taken for the church to become a mission of College Heights Baptist Church in nearby Manhattan in 1982.

Pastor David VanBebber and his wife Cheryl came to the church in fall 1986. David also has pastored Fostoria Baptist Church since 1993. The worship service at Fostoria is at 9 a.m. Sunday followed by the service in Riley at 11.

David and Cheryl also serve in their secular jobs. David is transportation manager for Riley County USD 378 in Riley. Cheryl is a preschool teacher for Manhattan-Ogden USD 383.

KNCSB Executive Director David Manner was the guest speaker in the morning worship service.

Preaching from Joshua, Manner challenged the church to cross its own Jordan River and join God’s work in the next 40 years.

Other special guests attending the service were Nathan and Terry Butler. Nathan is Associational Mission Strategist for Smoky Hill Baptist Association.