About First Presbyterian Church Nebraska City

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Rev. Tom Osborne
Rev. Tom E. Osborne is a native of southeast Nebraska. He attended Auburn High School and then studied at Peru State College. Upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, Tom became a music teacher and band director. He taught twenty years in schools in Southeast Nebraska, the last nine of which were at his alma mater Auburn Public Schools. After twenty years teaching in public schools, he desired to attend seminary and become involved in pastoral ministry. He graduated from Central Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas in May of 1989. He was ordained to ministry by the Christian Church in Nebraska and served Disciples of Christ Christian churches in Nebraska for 10 years. Then in 1999 the opportunity came for him to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA. He has been serving Presbyterian congregations ever since.
Jane Zimmerman
Administrative Assistant

Carol Maddox

Abby Reese
Organist/Choir Director

Our Church

First Presbyterian Church of Nebraska City is a Reformed Protestant congregation affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA, which has more than 2.4 million members, 10,000 congregations, and 14,000 active and ordained ministers. Worldwide, Reformed churches exist in 100 countries and have more than 75 million members. Presbyterians trace their history to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Today, the Presbyterian Church remains true to its early roots while being relevant to today’s world. We: The official vision statement for First Presbyterian Church is "Planting Seeds of God’s Light". Diving further, we have set the following goal for ourselves as a community: Striving to reflect the light of Christ, we seek to plant new seeds envisioning a harvest of God’s fruits of faith, hope, and love. Our passionate, loving, and faithful members reach out, nurturing an environment recognizing everyone’s God-given gifts and skills. We create an atmosphere of trust by valuing diversity and openness, accepting and welcoming all as beloved children of God. Illuminated by the Holy Spirit, we serve by providing for the needs of those outside our walls, supporting and ministering to those within our walls, and taking action exhibiting the kingdom of God together with our neighbors. So what does this really mean? It means that our church believes in Jesus Christ and his teachings. We believe in loving our neighbor as we love ourselves, and we welcome any and all to experience Christ with us. Whether you come from a faith background, or are just dipping your toe into the living waters -- all are truly welcome here.

Local Leadership

The Session

The affairs of this corporation shall be conducted by the Session. The Session shall have power to make such rules and regulations as may be necessary and expedient for its own government and the management of its fiscal and other affairs to affect its respective objects.

Board of Deacons

The Board of Deacons shall be maintained for works of compassion and charity. Our Deacons take care of the nursery, and their projects include Thanksgiving Prayer Boxes, Prayer Chain, Hospital ER Bags and gifts for graduates and others.


The Endowment committee has the power and authority to create and administer a permanent endowment fund, subject to approval of the Session.

Presbyterian Church (USA)

General Assembly

The Office of the General Assembly, headed by the Stated Clerk, is the ecclesiastical arm of the Presbyterian Church USA. The Stated Clerk and staff work to ensure that the Presbyterian Church USA maintains itself as a church. The General Assembly has jurisdiction over those things that are of common concern to the whole church. To learn more about the Presbyterian Church USA and its beliefs, we invite you to visit their official website.

Synod of Lakes and Prairies

The Synod of Lakes and Prairies covers a wide area of the upper Midwest. Within the synod’s boundaries are 16 presbyteries, about 790 churches and about 105,000 members engaged in worship and mission. The presbyteries and their churches reflect diversity in ethnicity, size and membership. Additionally, five Presbyterian camps, seven affiliated colleges, a Presbyterian seminary, seven Presbyterian Homes and a family services organization support the church’s mission across all ages, ethnicities and life stages. A synod oversees three or more presbyteries. To learn more about the our Regional Synod, we invite you to visit their official website.

Homestead Presbytery

Homestead Presbytery is a council of the PC (USA), and is incorporated under the laws of the State of Nebraska. A presbytery has authority over congregations and ministers within a certain district. To learn more about our local presbytery we invite you to visit their official website.

Our History