pastors and staff

  • Chris Frith

    Lead pastor

    Chris and Lisa Frith have been married for 22 years and have 3 beautiful children:  Allison, Nicholas, and Grant.  As graduates of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, the Frith's had the privilege of devoting two decades of full time ministry to raising up the Next Generation.  Chris and Lisa have always carried a God-given dream to someday lead a Church. In the summer of 2015 it became obvious this transition was on the horizon.  In the spring of 2016, the Frith's accepted the invitation to lead Emmanuel Fellowship.  Their passion is to build people and bridge the generations while strengthening the local church.

    You may contact Pastor Chris by phone at (402) 572-6763, extension 2012 (Church office) 

  • jermaine stewart

    associate pastor, student ministries

    Jermaine grew up in the small town of Winfield, Alabama. At eleven years of age, Jermaine responded to the gospel and surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. After graduating high school, Jermaine went on to attend college at Christ for the Nations Institute (CFNI) in Dallas, Texas. While preparing for a mission's trip (as a student at CFNI) to South Africa, Jermaine met his wife Deanna Stewart who was also a student at CFNI.  Jermaine and Deanna have a passion to empower students to do the work of the ministry while still in their youth. Jermaine has been in the ministry since 2002 and is honored to be part of the team at Emmanuel Fellowship. Jermaine and Deanna have three children; Alanah, Asher, and Alyssa.

    You may contact Pastor Jermaine by phone (402) 572-6763 (Church office)

  • Katie Wormley

    Worship leader and Website editor

    Katie Wormley is a song writer and worship leader who was raised in the Chicago land area. Her parents are Pastors and musicians, so music and worship has always been a part of her life. Katie graduated from New Life School of Worship in Colorado Springs in 2007. She moved to New Mexico in 2008 where she met her husband Daylyn and was on staff as the worship leader at Faith Christian Family Church in Clovis, NM. More recently, Katie worked with her parents at River of Life Church in Aurora, IL as the worship leader and with Daylyn as the youth leader. Katie’s heart is for people to connect with who God is and to experience his presence in worship like never before. 

    You may contact Katie by phone (402) 572-6763 (Church office) or by email

  • patty jacobs

    administrative assistant

    Patty and her husband Michael were wed in 1979. They have two grown children, Kristina and Jonathan.  Patty met the Lord in 1986 as a young mother and has been pursuing Him ever since. She served as a preschool teacher for 24 years, 11 as co-director, before she came on board at EF in 2012 as the Early Childhood Coordinator, in 2014 she became the Office Admin.  She intends to live life on purpose; loving and serving Jesus so others may come to know Him. 

    You may contact Patty by phone at (402) 572-6763 (Church office) or by email

  • judy bardon


    Favorite Verse: Now this I know: The LORD gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. - Psalm 20:6-8

  • John Penry

    Facilities manager

    John was born and raised in Arlington, TX. At the age of 5, he felt called into ministry and has been serving in many different capacities of ministry since the age of 14. He is a graduate of Christ for the Nations and has a deep desire to serve the church in any capacity, demonstrating excellence through it all. John and his wife, Destiny, have been married since June of 2012 and have 3 children: Grayson, Landyn and Lily. After faithfully serving their home church in Texas for 2 years, they felt God calling them to relocate to Nebraska; they moved to Omaha in August of 2016.

    Favorite Verse: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. - Jeremiah 29:13