WCC dedicates multipurpose building

The dedication of the new multipurpose building at Webster Conference Center on Saturday, May 14, focused on changed lives.

The service celebrated the completion of the building, except for the elevator. It should be installed before summer camps begin.

Although the service focused on the new building, the emphasis was on how it invests in people. Salina business and civic leaders joined KNCSB leaders and laypeople at the celebration.

Lyle Williams, president of the WCC board of directors, said, “Our primary goal is to win people to Jesus Christ and strengthen people.”

Williams expressed joy about the completed building. During his term on the WCC board eight years ago, “all we were looking at was drawings.”

KNCSB President Ron Pracht cited the “lives who have been changed forever” at Webster Conference Center. “We invest in people,” not buildings, he said. Pracht is pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, Wichita, Kan.

Pracht told how he was called to the ministry at camp. “I heard God calling me to ministry at Virgil Baptist Assembly (the former Blue Stem Baptist Association camp),” he said. Pracht also met his wife, Cindy, at Virgil.

Terry McIlvain, WCC administrator, recapped the history of Webster Conference Center. Salina businessman O.K. Webster donated the former Camp Webster to the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists in 1981.

O.K. Webster’s vision “was to see this campus teeming with people, especially youth and children,” McIlvain said. “He was able to die knowing that vision had been fulfilled.”

Although Webster Conference Center is known for its children and youth camps, adults are its primary users, McIlvain said. Users of the new multipurpose building have ranged from Homeland Security training to the KNCSB Church Library Ministry Conference.
Numerous projects are now being planned at Webster Conference Center. But the next emphasis will be on remodeling the chapel.

The project is estimated to cost $100,000. A $50,000 matching grant is helping raise the needed funds.

To donate to this project, make checks out to Webster Conference Center, designate them for “2011 Matching Grant” and mail them to KNCSB, 5410 SW 7th St., Topeka, KS 66606-2398.

The chapel remodeling project will consist of:

  • Replacing the 1940s windows
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  • Installing new floor coverings in the chapel and on all three floors of the chapel addition
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  • New paint to replace the 1980s color scheme
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  • New window treatments
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  • New chairs for the 500-seat chapel

Work is expected to begin in mid-August on such tasks as replacing the windows. The main part of the project will get underway after the larger fall events are over.