First Baptist Holdrege

Reflecting Love, Transforming Lives... Holdrege, NE
First Baptist Holdrege

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2110 Sunset Dr
Holdrege, NE 68949-1150

(308) 995-2228


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Who We Are

We are people from every walk of life who have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and who by His faith live for Him. Our church is in fellowship with the American Baptist Churches of Nebraska, and the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.

About Us

Lots of kids, Multigenerational

Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Nursery

Contemporary, Traditional Hymns

American Baptist Churches USA




Our Services

What are services like?
Our services contain a combination of traditional and contemporary elements. While not a blended in service in the pure sense (in that we don't intermix the hymns with contemporary praise music) we do enjoy both styles of worship music. Typically the praise team gets an early start on the service at about 10:20 (though service doesn't officially start till 10:30). At some point you'll experience a children's message, sermon, offering, possibly communion (more on that later), announcements, hymns & contemporary music, and some type of wrap up (traditionally called a benediction). Despite the common misconception, Baptists have historically been a people of change, seeking to adapt to the culture God places us in while remaining true to His Word. As such we do not follow any particular liturgy nor are we locked into any particular order of service.

What is the community like?
We have people from all walks of life: While collar, blue collar, rich, poor, professional, laborer, single parents, mixed families, traditional families, ex-cons, recovering addicts, average people, life-time Christians, new believers and those who are still searching. We want you to be our guest, to feel welcome, and find a spiritual home here.

What if I'm not a Christian?
Excellent! Be welcome. Come be our guest, get to know us and allow us to minister to you. As a guest, as a seeker, we expect nothing of you and want to be a resource for you on your spiritual journey. We're starting to become known as a place where folks who have been put off by church in the past can find a safe home to resume exploring their faith.


Darren Theessen

Darren grew up on a farm south of Hastings, NE (where his parents still reside) and moved to Kearney in 1986 where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska; Comprehensive Chemistry major, Biology-minor. He felt God called him into ministry opportunities in 2005 including leading Bible studies at the ‘I Believe in Me’ Boys ranch in Kearney and teaching adult Bible studies at the First Baptist Church in Kearney. He became licensed to practice Christian ministry in 2010; graduated from Sioux Falls Seminary with a Master’s Degree in Divinity in May of 2013; was Ordained into Christian ministry in August of 2014. Darren has been active in ministry with area churches and retirement centers since 2006 and has been serving the First Baptist in Holdrege since May of 2016. He and his wife Cora moved to Holdrege in May of 2018. There is no situation too desperate; no life so lost; no person so broken that God cannot restore!!! I am living proof that God is able to restore broken lives and I would be honored to share my story with you!

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