William Gysan

William Gysan

1927 - 1932

William H. Gysan began serving People's Church in 1927 after Dr. MacCarthy left. There were 85 people at the 1928 Annual Meeting, and the membership was reported to be 154. One hundred people came to the Annual Meeting in 1929 and the optimism was high. Political actions were taken: supporting the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact; protesting capital punishment; urging the U.S. to join the World Court; publishing a Peace Sermon and sending it to legislators in Washington. There were Sunday evening forums and a Wednesday evening "People's College" with 70 people enrolled. In 1932, there were 167 members. Mr. Gysan resigned in February of that year to become a minister of a student group in Greater Boston.

Theodore Lapp served as minister from 1932-34, but spent only weekends in Kalamazoo (1933-34) while attending classes in Ann Arbor. Average Sunday morning attendance sank to 25 and only 8 children attended Sunday School. There was no canvass for funds because of the depression.