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Rev. 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 

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 48 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 Lovelady-Smith Phone: 815.561.8285

District Lay Leader
John Aten

District Shepherding Team Chair
Jarrod Severing

United Methodist Women 
Debra Ketzel Phone: 815.248.9067

United Methodist Men
Dave Hilton Phone: 815.985.9243

District Mission Secretary 
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

District 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 

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