Topeka First United Methodist Church was the very first congregation to call Topeka home. For over 160 years we have sought to be a community of Jesus followers who connect, grow, and serve for the good of the city. We have chosen to stay downtown and serve Topeka in the best way we know how, by being beacons of God's love and grace in our community.

Our primary focus as a congregation is to help people grow as Disciples of Christ. In other words, we seek to empower people to be the best versions of themselves while giving them the tools they need to be a beacon of Christ in the world around them. If that sounds like something you are looking for, this might be the right place for you. 


Meet Our Staff

Brad Wheeler
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Lead Pastor

Rev. Brad Wheeler moved to Topeka with his family in 2022 to be the Lead Pastor of the church. Brad is married to Melissa who is a 4th Grade teacher at Whitson Elementary. Brad and Melissa are parents to Alex, Sam, Emma, and their nephew Jackson. Outside of church, you will find Brad coaching his kids in a variety of sports. Brad loves the Jayhawks, Chiefs, and Royals. His life scripture is Luke 10:27. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and Love your neighbor as yourself."

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