Pastor Nathaniel King First Baptist Church 2019

Nathaniel King is the new pastor at Tekamah’s First Baptist Church.

The First Baptist Church in Tekamah has a new pastor. After being without an official pastor since 2017, the church chose Nathaniel King as the new leader of their congregation.

Originally from Massachusetts, King says he became devoted to the word of God while he was working as an overnight security guard. He spent a lot of time reading the Bible and felt the desire for people to know Christ.

This lead to King attending the Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. It was through that network that he got word that a rural church in Nebraska was looking for a pastor. King and his wife of 13 years first visited Tekamah last September.

“Coming here wasn’t the initial plan, but it felt like it was where God was leading us,” King said. “He kept taking us to small, rural places. It seemed like a nice town right away.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

King and his wife packed up their five children—ages 11, 9, 6, 4, and 2—and made the move to Tekamah on Feb. 24. The area was in the grips of a late winter blizzard, but the family made it to the parsonage safely.

“Despite the cold and snow, we have felt warm and welcome here. Moving in went really fast because we had so much help,” King said.

King is looking forward to revitalizing the church, while his wife Elizabeth has already taken a job at a law office in Blair.

“I have spoken with other pastors in the area and we all agreed that we want more people to come to Christ,” King said. “I want more people in all our churches, not just this one.”

King has plans just for First Baptist Church, too. He is already working on children’s programming and a new, attractive website.

“Please come join us, whether it’s for the first time or if you haven’t been here for a while,” King said.

First Baptist Church, located at 12th and K streets, currently has bible study at 9 a.m. followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.