District Superintendents:

Rev. Dr. Nancy Tomlinson
Rev. Dr. Charles Murithi
Rev. Dr. Chad Anglemyer

Contact Info:

Elkhorn Valley District Office
P.O. Box 116
Concord, NE 68728
Tel: 402-371-1313
Email: elkhornvalley@greatplainsumc.org

The District:  

Elkhorn Valley District is made up of 61 churches and served by 28 appointed pastors.

District’s key personnel:

Rev. Dr. Nancy Tomlinson, District Superintendent

Rev. Dr. Charles Murithi, District Superintendent

Rev. Dr. Chad Anglemyer, District Superintendent

Kathy Hoesing, Administrative Assistant

What you may not know about your district:

Northeast Nebraska has evolved into a geographical region with a unique balance of agriculture, education, industry and providing a stable environment for all three.

Elkhorn Valley District spans the area from the borders of South Dakota to the North, the Missouri River to the East, as far Westward as Valentine, NE. Our district continues to the South past Norfolk to communities of Bartlett and Ericson.

Every community has special memories from their founding roots, famous celebrities associated with their hometown, such as Johnny Carson being raised in Norfolk and James Coburn from Laurel.

We are blessed to have the Ponca and Niobrara State Parks, Atkinson and Willow Creek and Long Pine State Recreation area, and Ashfall Fossil Bed State Historical Park.

In the summertime, opportunities to take a refreshing break at community fairs and a few rodeos.

Recurring events:

O’Neill is proud to proclaim to be the official Irish Capital of Nebraska. They celebrate fully each year with special celebrations and events for all. Located between highways 20 and 281, the World’s Largest Shamrock is repainted each year under the stoplight where many of the festivities are held. Potato gleaning is a popular late summer event that calls many United Methodists volunteers to the fields to retrieve potatoes for the those in need. O’Neill UMC sponsors a community food pantry, twice monthly.

South Sioux City, NE – the first inhabitants were American Indians (Probably Omaha Tribe). In 1804, this area was explored and mapped by Lewis and Clark. Sgt. Charles Floyd passed away on the voyage, and a memorial was established high above the banks of the Missouri River overlooking Northeast Nebraska. Large beef processing plant in nearby Dakota City. South Sioux City sponsors a food pantry each month.

Norfolk, NE – Norfolk is the largest city in our District. It was founded in 1881, where the village was organized by settlers proclaiming, “North Fork” to be the permanent post office address; named after the local river. Later, the city name was simplified to be “Norfolk”, as postal authorities thinking that the word had been misspelled.

Norfolk is home to Regional Community college, Norfolk Iron and Metal, Faith Regional Health Services, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Nucor Cold Finish and Nucor Detailing, Tyson Fresh Meats, Hiland Dairy and Wis-Pak.

A variety of culture is celebrated in the city with the sculpture walk, alleyway Art, Cowboy Trail, and Museums. In the summer, the city sponsors a weekly, music in the park festivals, and a popular FREE Christian Cross Festival each June, which brings in a variety of well-known Christian musicians, vendors, and entertainment for two days. July 4th celebrations are not cut short with the Big Bang Boom event each year.

Wayne, NE – Wayne is home to the Wayne State College. A rich history in education and draws students from many locations of Nebraska, other states and even internationally. Since 1981, Wayne has pulled many people to their community on the 2nd weekend of July to celebrate “Chicken Days”. Parades, dances, barbeques, and fun events have drawn National attention with their “National Cluck Off Champions”.

Our Elkhorn Valley District Youth Committee sponsor our annual, “Midnight Madness” Lock-in for Youth, Grades 6th – 12th, each March, or April at the Wayne State College recreation center. This provides a variety of physical and social events all night long.

Key links:

Camp Fontanelle: https://www.campfontanelle.com/

Elkhorn Valley District Networks