Good News

Glad Tidings is good news. The good news is simple:

“God is real, He will make a real difference in your life, and as a result, you can experience real community.”

Though our congregation is diverse, we are united by a common life-changing experience with Christ. You can experience the difference Christ makes too, regardless of your background or situation.


For All People

Glad Tidings isn’t just good news; it’s good news for all people.

 

Mission

Our mission is the reason we exist.


Glad Tidings exists to lead all people from all backgrounds to real transformation in Christ.

Process

Our three-step process helps people navigate the stages of spiritual growth.




At Glad Tidings, people are transformed as they experience and contribute to three dynamic steps of discipleship. Everything we do at Glad Tidings is designed to help people experience the good news in these three ways...


Leadership

Our staff is a dynamic team that facilitates the ministries of Glad Tidings Church.

Walt DeVries

By God’s grace, Pastor Walt provides the spiritual oversight for the church with an emphasis on keeping the vision and mission of the church on target with the Bible and teaching us how to be Christ followers in the world today. Walt and his wife Kerrie have 3 school-aged children and make their home in mid-town Omaha.

Rafael Aristy

As the pastor overseeing the “grow” and “serve” part of our process at Glad Tidings Church, Rafael oversees Small Groups, Ministry Teams, discipleship classes, men’s ministry, and pre-marriage mentoring. Rafael and his wife Victoria have been married for over 12 years, have three young children and live in the Gretna area.

Mark Stevens

Mark is responsible for the proper stewardship of all church finances, budget management, employment practices, compensation, and benefits. He also directs the Deacon candidate process, oversees the new member process, and teaches adult Bible classes. Mark Stevens and his wife, Joanie, have four daughters and three sons-in-law. They make their home in the north central part of Omaha.

Victoria Aristy

  • Special Events Director

As the Special Events Director, Victoria Aristy along with her associate, oversee special events and hospitality ministries at Glad Tidings. She has been serving in our wedding ministry for over 11 years. Victoria and her husband Rafael have been married for over 15 years and have 3 kids. They live in the Gretna area.

Terry Brown

Terry and his wife Cindy have been attending Glad Tidings for over 20 years and have served in many areas of the church! Terry has a huge heart for serving others and is great at connecting with people in the community. He is responsible for leading our ministry teams and outreach opportunities.

Jason Carter

Jason oversees leadership development at Glad Tidings. Jason and his wife Carissa have two children and live in Omaha. They have been at Glad Tidings for over ten years leading our young adult, student, and serving ministries.

Carissa Carter

As the Director of Worship, Carissa works at creating an atmosphere where people can be free to encounter and fully engage with a living God. Carissa has been married to her best friend, Jason, for over 10 years. They have two beautiful children, Caleb and Brianna.

Susie Dos Santos

Susie is the Strategic Initiatives Director at Glad Tidings. She is passionate about helping Glad Tidings Church and its people move forward with the dreams that God has for them. Susie lives in Papillion with her two children, Isaac and Isabelle, and their wonderful dog Scooby.

Isaiah Fern

Isaiah and Emily Fern are passionate about young children knowing Jesus Christ personally at a young age. As a young married couple, Isaiah and Emily bring a dynamic of youthful energy and experience in coaching children to make their relationship with God come alive. They currently reside in Bellevue, NE, and enjoy playing and coaching sports, trying new restaurants, and doing ministry together.

Chris Ford

As the Associate Pastor of Prayer & Care, Chris oversees prayer ministry teams and other various aspects of prayer and care ministry throughout the week and weekend. Chris and her husband Clyde have been married over 30 years and live in the Papillion area. They have 2 children, Alysha and Zach and daughter-in-law Savannah.

Zach Ford

As Technical Director, Zach is responsible for all the technologies inside the church. From live sound, to lighting, to the media you see on the screens through out. If there is technology, Zach works with it. Zach has been married to his best friend Savannah for 2 years and they live in mid-town Omaha.

Pam Franks

Pam oversees the mission vision lived out at Glad Tidings. This includes special speakers, visiting missionaries, mission related conferences, mission teams, local international outreach and keeping the unreached before the congregation. Pam also founded a non-profit organization called Embrace the Nations that brings the gospel to local refugees in Omaha. She has two grown children and has lived in Omaha for over 20 years.

Miki Graff

Miki oversees our children’s department ministries. She and her family have been a part of Glad Tidings since the early 1990s. Her goal is to help our families raise children from birth into their teenage years with a knowledge of who Jesus is and a deep relationship with Christ.

Tonna Heinemann

Tonna oversees the 2nd step in our process: Growing in community by joining a small group. As the Small Groups Director, she oversees the development of small groups and small group leaders with the goal of connecting our members into real scriptural community per our mandate in Acts 2.42-47. She and Nate, her best friend and husband of 20 years, live in Bennington and have 4 amazing children, their true gifts from God.

Drew Milliken

Drew leads our Student Ministry along. He and his wife of four years, Morgan, and their three young kids, Elijah, Zion, and Ariah live in Northwest Omaha.

Morgan Milliken

As the Glad Tidings worship development director, Morgan is passionate about worship and seeing people encounter God. She is married to Pastor Drew and a mother of three–Elijah, Zion, and Ariah. They live in Northwest Omaha.

Nicholas Petersen

As Communications Director, Nicholas is responsible for all internal and external communication including church marketing, visual media, and live production. Nicholas, his wife Janell and their two kids live in the Benson area.

Lora Taylor

Lora is the Facility Director at Glad Tidings. Her job is to make sure God’s house is well taken care of. She has been serving at Glad Tidings for over 10 years. Lora and her husband Kirk have five sons and two daughters and live in Omaha.

Values

Our values are what motivate us to do what we do.

The Finished Work of Christ

Jesus is at the center of everything we do. The very nature of who we are as Christ followers and what we do comes from what has already been done by Jesus through his death, burial, and resurrection. When Jesus cried out, “It is finished,” He proclaimed that the work necessary for mankind to be saved from the penalty and power of sin was complete. This finished work is called the New Covenant in Christ's blood, and we enter into this New Covenant by faith in Jesus Christ.


Living and leading by the Bible

The Bible is God’s voice speaking to us, so honoring and obeying God’s word at every level is essential to the church. Glad Tidings’ leadership live their personal lives in a manner that is consistent with the teachings of Scripture and believe it is God’s will for all disciples to do the same.


Demonstrating dependence on God

Nothing can be done apart from God. Glad Tidings is dependent on Him and needs His Spirit’s empowerment to accomplish His purposes. Prayer—both personal and corporate — is one way the church can demonstrate its dependence on God.


Inviting all people

Glad Tidings accepts others because Christ accepted us, even when we didn’t deserve it. We strive to be welcoming, friendly, and accepting of others—as Christ is to us. This Value, however, is not an end in and of itself. It leads to the development of a community that is one in Christ.


Growing in Community

Growth is a natural sign of a healthy life. Small Groups are Glad Tidings’ main discipleship process for Growing in Community. Within these groups, the goal is to see the Core Four (Truth, Fellowship, Communion, and Prayer) evident in individuals’ lives. This will naturally happen as discipleship occurs weekly in homes throughout Omaha.


Investing God’s Resources

At Glad Tidings we understand that God owns everything, and God has called us to be good stewards of His resources. Therefore we invest our time, our talents, and our money in things that matter to God. We practice and encourage debt free living and generous giving out of our desire to be wise stewards of God’s resources.


Serving with excellence

All of Glad Tidings is expected to serve each other with excellence, from pastors to lay people, nursery workers to greeters, global partners to missionaries. God deserves our best; Glad Tidings strives for excellence in all it does, as working for God and not for man. Glad Tidings is committed to excellence by creating a culture of constant change.


Impacting the world

Glad Tidings is reaching the world through many avenues. Perhaps the most obvious is through international ministries and missions, where the church physically goes somewhere and serves. Beyond that, this Value includes reaching the world by loving and serving internationals in Omaha.

Beliefs

Our beliefs are the foundation of our ministry.

  • We believe the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of God.
  • We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule a thousand years.
  • We believe in the blessed hope – the rapture of the Church at Christ’s coming.
  • We believe the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ.
  • We believe regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
  • We believe in water baptism by immersion.
  • We believe the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer.
  • We believe the baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.
  • We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.

History

Our history has molded us into who we are today.

Over Seven Decades of Ministry

Glad Tidings Church has been a fixture in Omaha for more than 75 years. Located atop the hill at 75th and Hickory, Glad Tidings Church is centrally located in the Aksarben area, attracting people from all parts of Omaha. More than the convenient location, people are drawn to Glad Tidings because it’s a place where people from any ethnic or economic background can experience the life changing power of God’s good news.

Small Beginnings

From our small beginnings in 1936 — a tent placed at 31st & Leavenworth — to our present location at 75th & Hickory, Glad Tidings has ministered to thousands of people over the years. The church was officially organized as an Assembly of God in 1937 under Pastor/Evangelist LE King, and our first building was purchased on 18th & Cass Street. We moved into a brand new facility on the corner of 75th & Hickory in late 1969 with Pastor John G Walker, our second pastor.

Leading Us Forward

On May 6, 1975, one of Nebraska’s most damaging tornadoes cut through the church property, severely damaging the church. The church was rebuilt later that same year and was expanded to seat 750 people in the sanctuary. It also included nursery and toddler facilities among many other renovations. Since then we have been served by a number of amazing men of God — Val Munson, Rick Cole, Al Toledo, Dobie Weasel — each bringing growth to the personality and character of Glad Tidings. In 2007, Pastor Walt DeVries became Lead Pastor.