Steve Bell named District Lay Leader

Steve and Connie Bell

Congratulations to Steve Bell!  District Superintendent Dr. Dan Flanagan recently announced that Steve Bell of Elkhorn Hills UMC has agreed to be the new District Lay Leader.  He will replace Betty Wiles of Hanscom Park who has served in that position very well for a number of years.

About Lay Servant Ministries

Who are Lay Servants?

A lay servant is a member of a local church or charge who is ready and desirous to serve the church and who is well informed on the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church and who has received specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communications, church and community leadership, and care-giving ministries.  Lay Servants serve a variety of needs including help and assistance in servicing their personal ministry at home, in their local church, their community, county, district and conference. An applicant must be active in the support of a local United Methodist congregation.

How do you become a Lay Servant?

Each year, churches can nominate a member of their congregation.  Elkhorn Hills UMC Pastor Nancy Davis nominated Steve due to his contributions to the ministry of the church, how he represents Christ in giving service and support to the community, evidence of his faith by daily work, and how he stirs consciousness and spirit through ideals and action.


The Missouri River District includes 55 churches and friendly congregations throughout the eastern area of Nebraska along the Missouri River from Blair, NE., south to the Nebraska, Kansas border.  The District Office is located in Omaha, Nebraska, at 2665 Farnam Street, Suite 102.

Missouri River District Superintendent Dr. Dan Flanagan

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