Welcome to the DeKalb District!

Young Mee Park

Greetings from the sixty-six 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 a vital and vibrant part of the Conference with many small towns that celebrate historical roots while moving into the future. The city of DeKalb is the proud home of Northern Illinois University, while the surrounding countryside boasts some of the best agricultural lands in the United States.

The District consists of 66 local churches served by 53 dedicated pastors (2017 data) and 13,653 faithful members (2015 data). The strengths of our congregations are many and varied. We feed the hungry, physically and spiritually (daily, weekly, or monthly community meal programs); we nurture our children, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually (after school programs, cooking classes, art classes); we serve our senior citizens with both practical resources and opportunities for fellowship. We are a people determined to follow Jesus, caring and sharing, and making a difference in our communities and the world.

DISTRICT CONTACTS

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: 815-394-9493

Administrative Assistant

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

District Co-Lay Leaders

Chad Abell clabell@thewisp.net Karen Bonnell lkbonnell@gmail.com Tom Weber Tweber5474@hotmail.com District Strategy Team

Jim Miller willowemoc@gmail.com United Methodist Women

Julie McCutchan Phone: 815-875-2092

United Methodist Men

Scott Brooks Phone: 815-739-9191

Lay Academy Coordinator

Michael Morrell mmorrell71@aol.com

Mission Coordinators

Rev. Ed Heyer

Ms. Linda Frana

Ordained Ministry Committee

Brian Gilbert

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