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In the 1990sÂ It was 1999 when Brooks â€” who grew up in McAlister, Okla. and was living in Wichita â€” received a phone call from a church, which was in desperate need of a pastor.Desperate may be an understatement. Freewill at the time was the smallest church in Wellington. How small? Call it four members small.At one point Freewill Baptist Church had four members. Today it has more than 300.It hadnâ€™t always been like that. Freewill Baptist had an interesting beginning. It started in 1957 and was the first church built by Roe Messner, who would build more than 1,700 churches worldwide. Messner was the second husband of Tammy Faye Bakker – who you may remember as the high-profile evangelist caught up in a scandal with her first husband Jim Bakker.The church had survived for four decades, but by Jan. 3, 1999 the congregation was down to a woman, a man, and a husband and wife.â€œThey met with me and wanted to pay me $50 a week,â€ Brooks said. â€œI so wanted to be a pastor in Wellington I would have paid them $50 a week.â€He said one woman in particular made a huge difference â€” Inez Russ. Even though the church had dwindled to near extinction, Russ never gave up hope. Some Sundays she would come in turn on the lights. No one else would show up – no other member, no preacher. She would pray by herself, turn off the lights and go home.â€œHer family in Alva, Okla. pled with her to go to a different church,â€ Brooks said. â€œShe said â€˜no, this was her church.â€™â€Brooks said after the four members all voted â€œyesâ€ to become their pastor, Russ gave him the one small key to the church put it in his hand, and told him â€œitâ€™s yours.â€The thing is three months later, Russ suffered a stroke and would never be the same.Brooks thinks back reflectively.â€œThe Bible says timing is everything,â€ Brooks said. â€œHad she had her stroke three months later I may have never found a church to go to, this building may have been sold to someone else, I would have never moved to Wellington and my whole life would have been different.â€For Larry Theurer, his circumstances were different. Theurerâ€™s, located in downtown Wellington, was looking at expanding. The auction business was booming. Farm sales, collectibles, personal property â€” you name it â€” there was a need to move wares from one owner to the next.Lying vacant in east Wellington with a huge parking lot was the old Wal-Mart building. It was a perfect match. Theurer needing the space and at the old Wal-Mart there was plenty of real estate to work with. Theurerâ€™s made the move to the 28,000 square foot building and started to hold big auctions.â€œThis building was ideal for what we were doing at the time,â€ Theurer said. â€œWe were holding live auctions three to four times a month.â€ Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (10) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +21 Vote up Vote down citizen · 318 weeks ago I praise God for giving this town Pastor Zane Brooks. He is a wonderful, compassionate man who lives his life with a passion to see souls saved. It’s good to see that church grow the way it has. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Local · 318 weeks ago What a great story! God is so good. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 318 weeks ago I’ve ran into pastor Zane a couple of times, and have always been impressed by him. I’m not really the church going type of person, but I’m glad to see things are working out his way. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 318 weeks ago Pastor Zane and I exchange a hug every time we meet. I don’t go to his church as I have my own I attend regulatory. He respects my religion and the fact I worship and am saved. He is just a neat man that cares about everyone. Also congrats to Larry and his team. A Wellington business well worth thanking for years of service and dedication to the community. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Scott Campbell · 318 weeks ago I thank the Lord every day for Pastor Zane and the First Free Will Baptist Church. Excited about this move into the new location. The Lord is in the restoration business and we can help. There is hope for the hopeless. Scott Campbell Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Georgia · 318 weeks ago Yes Pastor Zane is the greatest. He loves everyone. We are very Blessed to have him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down terry sizemore · 318 weeks ago Praise the Lord for this opportunity tohelp more people know the Lord.Am so proud to be going to the First Freewill Baptist Church and am very proud of the man who leads us by the grace of God. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Chef Bismark · 318 weeks ago splendid!!!!!!!! Super excited for this transition and what God has in store for our wonderful community!!! Great Job Tracy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 318 weeks ago Such a great write up. THANK YOU LORD! for guiding us to the First Free Will Baptist Church, Pastor Zane, & all the wonderful people that attend. Not to mention the most talented gospel singing you’ll ever hear! Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Alishia · 318 weeks ago I remember the year The Brooks family came to Wellington. Before he started preaching here, I got this phone call looking for my mother. When I told him that she was at a different number, he didn’t get off the phone right away. The guy doesn’t know any strangers, only friends. Glad that the church is still growing. Means that God’s not dead! 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Things changedâ€¦Brooks took the job of being pastor of Freewill and ran with it. And whether it was the Holy Spirit at work or the fact Brooks has a dynamic, passionate personality that draws people to him, Freewill grew and grew to over 300 regular worshipping members.Zane Brooks, pastor at Freewill Baptist Church.By 2004, a new sanctuary and foyer was built.Today, the church has outgrown its premises. The location – once ideal for its small congregation – is now a problem. For one thing the church is landlocked.â€œParking here is horrendous.â€ Brooks said. â€œWe donâ€™t have enough of it. And people have to park too close to other peopleâ€™s driveways. I know if I lived around here, I wouldnâ€™t like it.â€The fellowship hall is too small. The Sunday School rooms are too small. Both he, and his wife Charlotte share a cramped office.Then there is the address at 1219 N. Plum which creates great confusion with another church Wellington Baptist Temple, located just two blocks south at 1022 North Plum St.,â€œYou donâ€™t know the half of it,â€ Brooks laughs over the confusion of the two churches.Brooks said the church could no longer grow at its current location.The first thought was to build a new church on the east edge of town. But the cost to procure property and construct a new temple would be $1.5 to $2 million â€” to pricey for what Freewill could afford. There was a chance to expand by buying neighboring property. Again, it was a dead- end.â€œI didnâ€™t see much sense in buying a house for $100,000 only to tear it down,â€ Brooks said.So Freewill Baptist started looking at existing buildings.Theurer was ready to sell.When the auction/realty center started the Market Center in 1992, the personal nature of auctioneering was dominate and the World Wide Web had yet to make itself known. That changed quickly.The E-bay website was created and all its knockoffs arrived. And suddenly instead of going to an auction, people could bid on items within the compounds of their own home.â€œToday, more than 90 percent of home buyers begin their search for properties on the Internet before actually contacting an agent,â€ Theurer said. â€œThey search online rather than spending hours at a live auction. Because of the Internet, we no longer need to warehouse personal property in order to sell it at auction.â€Thus, Theurerâ€™s no longer needed the space or the expense of maintaining such a big building.So when Freewill Baptist ready to buy, Theurerâ€™s was happy to sell. They looked elsewhere and found the 3,000 square-foot Tan Express Building – which was a venerable tan salon and gift shop run by Lisa Allton before she closed the business in 2011.It was a perfect fit for Theurerâ€™s.This picture, taken in 2011, was Tan Express. It will soon be the future home of United Country Theurer Auction/Realty. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” A church and a real estate auction company are not normally linked so closely together. But in Wellington it marks the evolution of change.Freewill Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Zane Brooks, is buying the Theurer Marketing Center building at 802 E. 16th Street in Wellington. In turn, United Country Theurerâ€™s Auction/Realty is moving east to 1101 E. 16thÂ to the former Tan Express Building.â€œAn opportunity like this doesnâ€™t present itself very often,â€ said Larry Theurer, owner of Theurer Auction.Itâ€™s an example of one business, and yes a church is a business, needing a bigger building and another needing a smaller building.And whether itâ€™s the work of the Lord or the realities of tomorrow, Freewill Baptist and Theurerâ€™s will now forever be linked. The futureâ€¦Brooks looks wistfully into the future. The opportunities of expansion is endless.â€œThe goal is to bring Wellington closer to God,â€ Brooks said. â€œWe will be so much more visible in our new building. I want someone to drive by and see our big sign and our new church and think to himself: â€˜man I need to so something with my life, because what Iâ€™m doing is not working.â€™â€œI believe there is a heaven and there is a hell and most people want to go to heaven. And thatâ€™s why we are here.â€The sale is expected to close in the near future. Brooks said the church would like to move east and open in January or February of 2015.What about the old church building? Brooks said that has been quite a process finding some takers. After calling every church in town, and actually having a trade out in the works a couple of years ago, the church had yet to sell. However, Brooks is pleased to say that two parties are interested and one offer is on the table â€” which is actually church related.â€œWe arenâ€™t going to make any money on this building, but we have to do what we have to do,â€ Brooks said.As far as the new building is concerned, thereâ€™s a lot of work to be done Brooks said.â€œI want it to look as if no one would recognize that it was once the old Wal-Mart building,â€ Brooks said. â€œWe have extensive remodeling in front of us.â€As for Theurerâ€™s, the company will continue to do what they always do – auction and real estate. They will emphasize their online auctions. You can see the latest online auctions by clicking on their ad on the right side of this page that is linked to their website.Their live and online auctioning of farm machinery, heavy equipment, personal property, commercial property, will continue.â€œSince 1976, our â€˜golden rule of serviceâ€™ has been, â€˜do unto others as you would have them do unto you,â€ Theurer said. â€œWe are dedicated to that principle.â€As far the community of Wellington is concern, a larger question now persists â€” where will large groups of people gather? Theurerâ€™s was the host of several community functions throughout the year including the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce banquet and the annual Kansas State Catbacker banquet. With the Wellington Steakhouse reception rooms still vacant, and Memorial Auditorium still without air conditioning, the need for a large space for gatherings becomes more significant.Theurer Market Center has hosted several large community functions throughout the years including the K-State Catbackers Banquet held last week.But just as the winds of change came to both Freewill Baptist and Theurerâ€™s, now comes a new issue for the community of Wellington.Follow us on Twitter.
Johnson, 26, has re-signed with the team trough to the end of the 2019 NRL season.He said he was thrilled to settle his future with the club in what he regards as the most important contract of his career so far.”This was a big contract for a lot of reasons and I’m excited to be able to lock it away and know I’ll be here for another two years.”My belief in this club is massive and my belief that we can do something special here is bigger than ever with everything we have in place,” Johnson said.Johnson has appeared 133 times for the club, and has moved ahead of Stacey Jones club record of 674 points with his total now sitting at 717.”I could go to another club and another system but I realised winning at another club wouldn’t mean as much as winning here, that’s what I want to be a part of here.”Johnson’s two-year contract leaves him in line to extend his career to nine seasons with the the club.The announcement comes as five-eighth Kieran Foran’s move to the Canterbury Bulldogs looks imminent.Earlier today departing Canterbury star Josh Reynolds admitted it hurt to be squeezed out by Foran but he has no ill will towards the Bulldogs.The five-eighth said he hoped to stay for Foran’s impending arrival before signing a lucrative four-year deal to join the West Tigers at the end of the season.”It does hurt a bit because he’s (Foran) coming to the club I love, and I would have loved to have stayed,” Reynolds said.”When I heard they might be signing him I was a bit scared because I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit in.”The reality is that someone is going to have to go and I really didn’t think that was going to be me, I really wanted to stay.” Photo: PHOTOSPORT Shaun Johnson sees the try line.