MJH for Buffalo County NEGenWeb Project © 1998-2009

I hope to eventually have a list of all the churches that were in Buffalo County before 1920, with a brief history and some records from each one. Currently the only churches that I have detailed information from are:
First Lutheran Church in Kearney
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Kearney
St. Paul's Lutheran Church which was at Peake, 7 miles north of Riverdale, November 2009
Zion Lutheran Church, rural Shelton.

I can also do look-ups from Immanuel Lutheran, which was located at Watertown, rural Amherst. Contact Mona for a look-up in the complete transcription of their records.

Other church-related pages:
A single issue of The Church Enterprise, a church newsletter from the United Brothern Church of Kearney from June 23, 1899.

Pleasant Valley Church in Loup Township. In 1917 it was voted to build a non-sectarian Church which was built at the north side of Pleasant Valley cemetery, the money being donated by people of the community. The Church stood until 1963 and was sold to Evangelical Wesleyan Church, Ansley, Nebr.

Photos of the Sunday School of the Sartoria Church in the early 1900's

St. John Lutheran Church, which was located near Poole, Nebraska.

If you have any photographs or information about churches in Buffalo County, I would be happy to include it here.

For a listing of Kearney churches in 1908, see the City Directory of 1908. The Vermillion's Guide for Buffalo County, pages 70 and 71 lists all the county churches in 1931.

Following is a current (December 1998) list of churches and some limited information about several Buffalo County churches, based on information found in the Kearney Hub, which features a different area church each week-end.

Glad Tiding Assembly of God
114 center St.
Gibbon, NE 68840

New Life Assembly
2715 W. 39th St.
Kearney, NE 68847

Templ Betel
First & Rice Sts.
Gibbon, NE 68840

First Baptist
1616 West 39th St.
Kearney, NE 68847

Gibbon Baptist
7th & Court Sts.
Gibbon, NE 68840

Immanuel Baptist
3621 Third Ave,
Kearney, NE 48847

Kearney Baptist Church
515 E. 56th St.
Kearney, NE 68847

Immaculate Conception
314 Church St.
Elm Creek, NE 68836

Our Lady of Lourdes
515 Sicily Ave
Ravenna, NE 68869

Prince of Peace
1210 E 11th St.
Kearney, NE 68847

St. James
3801 Ave A
Kearney, NE 68847

St John Capistran
Ash & Jefferson St.
Amherst, NE 68812

CHRISTIAN (Disciples of Christ)
First Christian
3311 Ave I
Kearney, NE 68847

First Church of Christ Scientist
1617 W 39th St.
Kearney, NE 68847

St. George Antiochian Orthodox
1505 Ave G
Kearney, NE 68847

St. Luke's
2304 2nd Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847

Evangelical Free
4010 7th Ave
Kearney, NE 68847

Pleasanton Evangelical Free
806 N. Hackberry
Pleasanton, NE 68866
Began in 1981

The Lighthouse Church
3520 Ave F
Kearney, NE 68847

Bethlehem Lutheran LCMS
324 Kufus Ave
Ravenna, NE 68869

Family of Christ ELCA
1319 5th Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847

First Lutheran ELCA
3315 Ave G
Kearney, NE 68847

Grace Lutheran LCMS
Highway 10
Pleasanton, NE 68866

Good Shepherd Lutheran, Wisc. Synod
1208 E 47th St.
Kearney, NE 68847

Holy Cross Lutheran LCMS
3315 11th Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847

Trinity Lutheran LCMS
Cherry & Garfield
Amherst, NE 68812

Zion Lutheran LCMS
2421 Ave C
Kearney, NE 68847

Zion Lutheran
Shelton, NE

First Church of the Nazarene
3211 Ave Q
Kearney, NE 68847

Trinity Presbyterian PCA
3910 22nd Ave
Kearney, NE 68847

First Presbyterian USA
4511 6th Ave
Kearney, NE 68847

Salvation Army
1719 Central Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847

Church of God
1719 Central Ave
Kearney, NE 68847

Seventh Day Adventist
3312 Ave B
Kearney, NE 68847

Amherst United Methodist
Cherry & Monroe
Amherst, NE 68812

Elm Creek United Methodist
300 N. Tyler
Elm Creek, NE 68836

Ravenna Zion United Methodist
Rt. 1
Ravenna, NE 68869

Pleasanton United Methodist
702 N Sycamore St.
Pleasanton, NE 68866

First United Methodist
4500 Linden Dr.
Kearney, NE 68847

Williamsburg United Methodist
RR 1
Elm Creek, NE 68836

Iglesia De Christo
1623 Central Ave
Kearney, NE 68847

Faith United Methodist
203 Garfield
Gibbon, NE 68840

Haven's Chapel
160th Road & Antelope
Kearney, NE 68847

Miller United Methodist
Miller, NE 68858

Bethel United Methodist
Gibbon, NE 68840

Shelton United Methodist
207 A St.
Gibbon, NE 68840

Family Life Christian center
1215 Ave D
Kearney, NE 68847

Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints
510 E 46th St
Kearney, NE 68847

Church of Christ
1004 E 16th St.
Kearney, NE 68847

First Christian Church
Elm Creek 68836

Kearney Church of Christ
302 E 25th St
Kearney, NE 68847

Countryside Christian
3203 8th Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847

First Church of God
4310 17th Ave
Kearney, NE 68847

Grace Fellowship
4305 19th Ave
Kearney, NE 68847

Apostolic Churches Int
Pentecostal Church of Kearney
2901 Ave I
Kearney, NE 68847

Church of God of Prophecy
1724 1st Ave
Kearney, NE 68847

Miller Christian Church
Miller, NE 68858

Riverdale Christian
First Avenue
Riverdale, NE 68870

Grace Community Church
Fifth & E
Shelton, NE 68876

Congregational Church
421 Verona St.
Ravenna, NE 68869

Begun in 1910, Bethlehem has since received members from these former neighboring Lutheran congregations: Trinity at Majors, Trinity at Haystown, Trinity at Hazard, and Immanuel at Litchfield.

This group was organized in 1873, meeting in homes, hotel rooms, The Times building, and even in the open air. In 1879 they began building at the corner of 23rd Street and 1st Avenue. In 1922 they dedicated a new house of worship at 22nd and 2nd Avenue. In 1996 they moved into their new facility at 4511 6th Avenue.

Organized in 1872, the members first met in the school house. After the county seat was moved from Gibbon to Kearney in 1874, the court house building was used by the Nebraska Baptist Seminary as well as the local congregation. The college moved to Grand Island in 1885. The members reorganized and then built a church, dedicated on April 20, 1890. This building is now one of Nebraska's historic church structures. In 1966 a new building was dedicated. The Gibbon Baptist Church is a member of the Grand Island American Baptist Association of Churches, The American Baptist Churches of Nebraska and The American Baptist Churches/USA.

Ravenna, NE

Father Boyle visited monthly in 1883 to offer mass in the Ravenna area, until a church was built. St. Mary's, the first Catholic Church, was built in 1887. After a new building was built in the late 1940's, it was named Our Lady of Lourdes.

Miller, NE

The Christian Church was organized in Armada, and moved with the rest of the town to the new location of Miller in 1890. A church was built in 1907, and was replaced by a new building in 1991. Unfortunately many early records were destroyed.

2304 Second Avenue, Kearney, NE

This church was founded in 1882, and had the name Good Shepherd. In 1888 it took the name St. Luke's Church. The first hospital in Kearney, St. Luke's, was begun by this church.

Amherst, NE

Trinity was organized in 1907 with members from Immanuel Lutheran, Watertown, rural Amherst, and was served by Immanuel's pastors until 1918. Because of the decline in rural population, Immanuel merged with Trinity in 1970. Records from both congregations are kept at Trinty.

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