We are currently in search of a new Statewide Director. If you are interested contact Jeffrey Bell.
Jeffrey Bell is an irrigation service technician for Husker Irrigation in Holdrege, NE. Prior to this he was a farm worker for a farm operation in the Holdrege, Nebraska area. Jeffrey also does the bookkeeping for the Holdrege Country Club, a position he has held since April 2005.
From January 2006 through February 2013 Jeffrey was pastor of Spirit of the Rock Church in Oxford. His pastoral training has come through his lifetime experiences and the First Baptist Church of Holdrege where he was a member for over twenty years. During his time as member he served as a teacher, trustee, deacon, worship team leader, Christian education leader, and as speaker.
From this spiritual development he was given the opportunity to begin lay preaching in many area churches. Jeffrey’s pastoral skills were developed through these experiences over an eight-year period. During this time he served as lay-speaker to the church in which became pastor for seven years.
Jeffrey was introduced to serving inmates in August of 2006 when an inmate wrote a letter to the church he was serving. Now he works with other volunteers in his area and the state to help inform them of the needs of those returning to our communities from prison and to encourage them to become active volunteers. He was recently introduced to the aftercare movement and has now become board president for the Nebraska Aftercare in Action organization.
Prior to becoming a pastor he was Executive Director of South Central Nebraska Youth for Christ. This ministry was based out of Holdrege where he served for three years.
He married his high school sweetheart, Kaylene, in 1984 and are blessed with three children and three grandkids. Their oldest son Kyle is married and has two boys and a girl. Their daughter Karissa graduated from UNK with an elementary education degree. Their youngest son Justin graduated from Southeast Community College in Lincoln and is now working for Husker Irrigation in Holdrege.
Jeffrey grew up on a farm just an hour southwest of Holdrege where his parents still live. He loves the outdoors and enjoys hunting, shooting, fishing, golfing, water sports, and playing with the grandkids!
Jeffrey L Bell
1514 6th Ave
Holdrege, NE 68949
Dave Larson - Vice President
I have been a Lutheran pastor since 1972, mostly in rural Nebraska, since 1972 until we moved to Lincoln in 2005.
Major influences: Lutheran church(Swedish pietistic and Danish activist); Boy Scouts; construction as a youth; fly rod; B.A. in history; Peace Corps, Nepal; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; Intern year in the South Bronx;; Elsa, wife of 40 years: she is the head of their “When a Baby Dies” grief program.; outdoors youth leadership: youth camp; back pack, canoe & ski trips; fun education: visiting and experiencing other cultures; escaped death twice; leader in Lutheran Marriage Encounter for 26 years.
Theological view: Because God is bringing me into the Christian family through Jesus’ death and resurrection and through the work of the Holy Spirit, in thanks I try to serve the Good News to all others with the goal of unity of all in Christ.
Prison experience: 3 months in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Juvenile Detention Center in Minneapolis; helped 1 year with Planning with a Purpose at NSP; FEAST program at Our Savior’s Lutheran; re-entry team for 2 ex-prisoners; visit prisoners.
Mary Barton - Board Member
I was born in Le Mars, IA and grew up on a farm near there. My family was always very involved in the church. After graduating from High School in Le Mars, I attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA where I received a BA in English and Secondary Education in 1964. I taught in secondary school English in Wisconsin for 2 years and was married during that period.
When I recognized that grading papers was not something I was really very good at, I decided to pursue a degree in Library Science. I completed an MLS in 1967 at Rosary College in a suburb of Chicago. I worked as a Reference/Circulation Librarian at Mundelein College in Chicago until 1971. Shortly after our son Mark was born, my husband and I moved to Oberlin, Ohio where we lived for 4 years. I was a stay-at-home mom during that period, doing some part-time child care.
In 1975, we moved to Fargo, ND. At that point, I went back to work and served as a high school librarian at Moorhead HS in Moorhead, MN (across the river from Fargo). After 6 years at the HS, I took a position at Moorhead State University Library and worked there for 16 years. I was divorced in 1993.
In 1997, I accepted a position as Head of Reference at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Because my son now lived in New York City and my only sibling lived in Lincoln, NE, I opted to look for a position that would bring me closer to family (away from the long cold winters) without leaving the mid-west. In 2007, I retired from UNK and moved to Lincoln.
In each of the places I have lived, I have been active in Lutheran congregations that were open to those that society sometimes marginalizes. In Fargo, a church open to supporting gay and lesbian members and their parents, in Kearney, a congregation “south of the tracks” and in Lincoln, a congregation providing a program for those in and preparing to leave the corrections system. I am on the board for Bridges to Hope, a non-profit in the application process for 502c3 status which runs a Warehouse and offers other services for men and women coming out of the correctional institutions, particularly Community Corrections Center of Lincoln and the Nebraska State Penitentiary. That program grew out of the FEAST (Friends Eating and Singing, Studying and Sharing Together) program which Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in Lincoln sponsors. I agreed to be on the Board of Nebraska Aftercare in Action because I believe it is important the programs and agencies supporting persons leaving the corrections systems assist each other as much as possible.
Karen Statham - Board Member
John Krejci - Board Member