Pastor

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Pastor Charles teaching the children about Baptism.

The Rev. Dr. Charles Kathurima-Murithi

cmurithi@greatplainsumc.org.

I joined the family of The First United Methodist Church Nebraska City, Nebraska as the senior pastor in July 2012.

Our lives are like a medley of many songs that have been sung into our lives (Psalm 96).  My medley began in a little village of Meru, Kenya where we run to school.  Lydia, my wife, and I were born in Meru, Kenya (East Africa) where we spend most of our adult life.  I started my seminary training at St. Paul’s Theological College–Limuru, Kenya in 1984.  After completing my seminary training I served several churches all in Nairobi, Kenya where I was ordained an elder of the Methodist Church in Kenya.  My family and I moved to the United States of America in 1997 to attend Southern Methodist University–Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas for my graduate studies (Masters and Doctorate).  I participated in a year’s long Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Program at the Methodist Hospitals of Dallas, Texas.

We moved to Nebraska when I received an appointment in the Nebraska Annual Conference in July of 2000 and was asked to serve at the then Way West Parish (Morrill, Henry/Lyman) churches in western Nebraska.  I was appointed as an associate pastor of the Norfolk Parish, Nebraska in July of 2005.  In 2010 I was appointed Senior Pastor at Alliance UMC of the Treat West District.  In July of 2012 I was appointed Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church Nebraska City, of the Missouri River District.

Lydia and I have two grown children, Glory Hughes and Joy Kathurima and  granddaughters, Malaika, Marissa, and Makyla.  We are true believers that God is good all the time.

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Dr. Dan Flanagan, District Superintendent, Pastor Charles & Bishop Scott J. Jones, UMC Great Plains Conference

 

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