Welcome to the DeKalb District!

Young Mee Park Greetings from the sixty-seven churches in the DeKalb District, where our roots are growing deep and our branches strong! Clergy and laity alike, we work together to build up the Kingdom of God in our communities and the world. Please come visit us and bless us with your presence! Please come join us! Let us grow together, Spirit-led and Grace-full!

Rev. Young-Mee Park DeKalb District Superintendent

 DeKalb Weekly eNews 

About the DeKalb District

The DeKalb District is basically town and country in character, but with some exceptions. The city of DeKalb is the proud home of Northern Illinois University which definitely dominates the community. The surrounding countryside boasts some of the best agricultural land in the United States, mainly corn and soybean producing land.

The DeKalb District consists of 69 local churches on 60 pastoral charges served by 57 pastors under appointment. 15 pastoral charges include 2 churches served by the same pastor. Clergy and laity count the strength of persons and churches on the district to be a great asset. Strong personalities emerge on a local and district level, providing leadership and vision. There is varied spiritual strength on the district. This strength manifests itself in churches which are vibrant and alive and committed to Jesus Christ.


Rockford/DeKalb District Regional Office

951 S Seventh Street, Suite D Rochelle IL 61068-9333 Phone: 815-561-8285 Fax: 815-561-8289

District Superintendent

Rev. Young-Mee Park

Phone: 815-561-8285

Administrative Assistant

Betsy Smith

Phone: 815-561-8285, Fax: 815-561-8289

District Lay Leader

Jim Miller

Phone: 815-866-6088

District Strategy Team

Rich Fassig

Phone: 815-751-2290 rmfassig@outlook.com

United Methodist Women

Julie McCutchan

Phone: 815-875-2092

United Methodist Men

Scott Brooks

Phone: 815-739-9191

Youth Coordinators

No information available at this time

Lay Academy Coordinator

Gale Brandner

Phone: 815-488-6513

Mission Coordinators

Rev. Ed Heyer

Phone: 815-286-3074

Ms. Linda Frana

Phone: 815-652-4206

Ordained Ministry Committee

Rev. Polly Klimson

Phone: 815-499-8284



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