Welcome to the Rockford District

Lisa Kruse-Safford

Rev. Lisa Kruse-Safford

Who is My Neighbor? Well, if you were in the Rockford District – you could answer that in a variety of ways. Your neighbor may live in a small town, on a farm, or in the city. Your neighbor may be a seed corn salesman, a stay-at-home mom, or a retail employee. Your neighbor may be an octogenarian, a middle-aged, or a college student. Your neighbor may be a recent Hispanic immigrant, an African-American, or Caucasian of Swedish descent.

Truly, the Rockford District has it all:  a big city full of both wonders and challenges; small towns that give great understanding to the word, “community”; and miles of corn and bean fields!  But even more, the Rockford District is full of faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who gather to proclaim the glory of God and who seek to live out their faith in love and service to whoever their neighbors may be.

You are cordially invited to visit our churches to worship, to grow in Christian discipleship and fellowship, and to engage in mission and outreach work. In these loving and welcoming faith communities, you will meet people of open hearts, open minds, and open doors.

In Christ's grace and peace,

Rev. Lisa Kruse-Safford Rockford District Superintendent

 Rockford District Weekly eNews

About the Rockford District

We are one of the six districts of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference, located in its northwest region. Our district boundary goes all the way to the Wisconsin border on the north and Savanna and Galena nearby Mississippi River on the west. While the district is mostly town and country, it is a home of the third largest city in Illinois.

Our district has 67 churches, as well as three United Methodist Church-affiliated agencies: Rosecrance, Wesley Willows, and Rockford Urban Ministries. Our churches are beautiful and strong, served by 54 clergy, who seek to be healthy, happy, and holy in their body, mind, and spirit. In strong partnership with each other, our clergy and laity are committed to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

District Contacts:

Rockford /DeKalb Regional Office

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

District Superintendent

Rev. Lisa Kruse-Safford Phone: 815-561-8285

Administrative Assistant

Betsy Smith Phone: 815-561-8285 x - 10

District Lay Leader

TBD

District Shepherding Team Chair

Rev. John Wesley Lee 815 871-6876

United Methodist Women

Debra Ketzel Phone: 815-248-9067

United Methodist Men

Dave Hilton Phone: 815-985-9243

Mission Coordinator

John Stelter Phone: (815) 721-3382

District Development and Revitalization

Rev. Mike Jones Phone: (815) 499-1943

Superintendency Committee

John Lamoreux Phone: 815-493-6460

Committee on Ordained Ministry

Rev. Monty Fox Phone: 815-544-3470

Lay Academy Coordinator

Leslie Stanford Phone: 815-713-7786

District Board of Church Location & Building

Sue Layng Phone: (815) 721-3734

District Program Member at Large

Joan Brooks

 

News:

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World AIDS Day Event

The Northern Illinois Conference HIV/AIDS Task Force is sponsoring a “Service of Remembrance and Celebration” to mark World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017. Approximately 11 percent of the global population is infected with HIV. In the United States, the infection rate is highest among communities of color, particularly black and Hispanic/Latino communities, and communities…

A revised edition of the “Strength for Service to God and Community” devotional guide will be presented to first responders. The book is a ministry of the General Commission on United Methodist Men, an agency of The United Methodist Church. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. Accompanies UMNS story #079. 3/6/13.

Strength for Service helps military and first responders face challenges

By Linda Hendleman In the course of their dedicated service, our military and first responders—armed services, law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and others—face challenges each day that few of us will ever know. Both those in the military and first responders find inspiration in a pocket-size book of daily devotions— Strength for Service to God and…

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Spending a day in Christian conversation

More than 160 clergy and laity from throughout the Northern Illinois Conference came together on Sept.16 to engage in conversation digging deeper into who we are as the body of Christ and to think about the future of The United Methodist Church. “Today we come together to talk about what it means to be the…

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Volunteers deliver truckload of relief supplies

By John Stelter, Rockford District Mission Coordinator This Flood Bucket Disaster Relief Project began with a decision by the Congregational Care and Missions Team of Belvidere First United Methodist Church. That prompted an email from the Rev. Danice Loveridge, Deacon, to me, asking if other churches in the NIC were collecting flood buckets for the Texas…

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