Dr. E. Merris Brady, Pastor Emeritus
In April 2001, the Rev. Dr. E. Merris Brady became the first Pastor Emeritus in Topeka First United Methodist Church's long history. This honor was given in recognition for his many years of servant ministry at Topeka First UMC and in the Kansas East Conference.
A graduate of Baker University and Garrett Biblical Institute, Dr. Brady's pastoral ministry in the Conference spanned 32 years from 1955-1987. Dr. Brady served on the Board of Trustees of The United Methodist Home and the Building Committee of Aldersgate Village. He was a member of the Boards of Trustees of the YMCA and the Shawnee County Mental Health Center and served for two terms as Chaplain of the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Baker University in 1974.
Dr. Bradys' service at Topeka First UMC was a period of important and positive change. While serving this congregation, he led the project for the renovation of the sanctuary, oversaw the installment of a (still much appreciated) elevator, and coordinated the purchase of land on Topeka Boulevard. More important than these physical accomplishments, however, was Dr. Brady’s personal care of the members of the congregation. Those who experienced his ministry of deep and dedicated caring still speak of the presence of God’s grace that they encountered as he shared God’s love with them.
He is married to Barbara Brady. They have three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.To contact Dr. E. Merris Brady please use the form below or call the office