by Eva Wilson
Volunteers from Alabama and Virginia recently installed cement board siding on the buildings at Crossroads Baptist Church, Riley, Kan.
The church’s facilities consist of two World War II-era buildings that were moved from nearby Fort Riley. One building is the worship center. The other building is used as a fellowship hall and for Sunday School classes.
The Alabama volunteers came from Franklin County Baptist Association, Russellville, Ala. Four volunteers from Virginia joined them.
“They are an incredible group of brothers and sisters. Praise God for sending them our way,” said David VanBebber, the church’s pastor.
Crossroads Baptist Church celebrated its 40th anniversary Sunday, April 10.
In late January 2020 the church’s fellowship hall building caught fire, but local firefighters saved it. Church members gutted the building and rebuilt it with the help of contractors.
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.
The VanBebbers 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.