A History of Churches in North Omaha

18In its first 75 years, North Omaha was home to no fewer than four Jewish synagogues, six Catholic parishes and 50 Protestant congregations. These churches reflected the community’s diversity, including ethnic churches where only Italian, German, Norwegian, Danish and other languages were spoke. Within 25 years of Omaha’s founding, there were also several Black churches in the neighborhood north of downtown. Following is a history of churches in North Omaha.

 

This is St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, a segregated congregation, at 1119 North 21st Street in North Omaha.

How It All Began

 

This is Immanuel Baptist Church as it appeared in 1909 on the southeast corner of North 24th and Pinkney Streets. Courtesy of Durham Museum.

In order to see where we’re going, I think its important to understand where churches have been.

The first church in Omaha was the Methodist Church opened by a circuit rider from Council Bluffs, Iowa, named Peter Cooper in 1854, the year the city was founded. As the town grew north in the next decades, churches moved that way, too. Downtown Omaha was the original Omaha, and houses and churches were originally there.

 

This is Covenant Presbyterian Church at 5112 Ames Avenue in 1957.

A lot of churches opened in North Omaha between the 1860s and 1900. They moved into the community because more homes were being built there. As houses and apartments were being built for working class, middle class and upper class people throughout North Omaha, churches were built to serve people from different ethnic groups and races, and later different social classes.

 

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church has been located at 2602 North 24th Street since 1927. 

Ethnic Churches in North Omaha

European ethnic groups started moving into North Omaha in the 1860s. First, Irish people built their homes on the north side of Omaha; then Italians and Scandinavians moved in, along with Black people moving from the South. When each of these groups moved into the community, they brought their languages, histories, cultural practices and religious heritage.

 

This is Holy Family Catholic Church as it appeared in circa 1890. Built to serve neighboring Irish, it became Italian and now serves the city.

One example of an ethnic group in North Omaha were the Swedes, who moved in en masse starting in the 1860s. Coming straight from Sweden, they originally only spoke their home language, worked where other Swedes worked, and often spent their money where their fellow countrymen owned businesses. They also started their own churches. Danes built their own churches, too. The Norwegian-Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church was built at North 26th and Hamilton Streets in the early 1880s. The Danish Methodist Church was located in the Near North Side neighborhood at 1713 North 25th Street, and the First Danish Baptist Church was at 2511 Decatur in 1888. St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran was a Danish congregation organized in 1886 that built a church at North 21st and Burdette Streets in 1887. In 1907, they built a new church at North 20th and Burdette Streets, the church’s home for another four decades. Pella Lutheran Church was a Danish congregation started in 1886, eventually building a church at North 30th and Corby Streets in 1894, where they remained until the 1930s. The first Swedish Methodist Church met in Omaha starting in 1869, and in 1894, the first Western Swedish Conference met in Omaha. This was not a separate church, but part of the mainline Methodist Episcopal Church.

Founded to serve the surrounding Irish neighborhood in 1883, North Omaha’s Holy Family Catholic Church is the oldest existing Catholic church building in Omaha. Becoming an Italian congregation after that, and then serving the entire community for the last 75 years, today Holy Family continues to stand strong at N. 18th and Izard Streets.

Germans opened several churches in North Omaha. One denomination that doesn’t exist anymore was called the Evangelical Association, and they opened two German churches: Zion’s Church, which built a structure at North 25th and Caldwell Streets in 1888; and Salem Church at North 18th and Cuming Streets in 1904. The German Immanuel Baptist Church opened at 26th and Seward in 1888 and later moved to 24th and Miami. The Church of the Brethren (Dunkard Society) built a church at 2123 Miami Street in 1915. In 1887, St. Paul’s German-English Lutheran opened at north 28th and Parker Streets. It was demolished by the Easter Sunday Tornado of 1913. The First German Presbyterian Church opened at North 18th and Cuming Streets in 1882. By 1910 they had built another church at 20th and Willis; it became known as Bethany Presbyterian Church and remained there for several decades.

 

This is a picture of parishioners of the Norwegian-Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church was built at N. 26th and Hamilton in North Omaha. Notice the sign behind them in Norwegian, and the vicar cut off on the right side.

 

Early Black Churches in North Omaha

The first Black man in the Omaha area was a slave named York. He was owned by Meriwether Lewis on the 1804-05 Corps of Discovery Expedition. Blacks moved to Omaha from the South starting in the 1860s, and today Black churches are a shining beacon of hope, positivity and empowerment throughout the community.

St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1867. Five people first met at a house at 9th and Capitol, and then built a church at 18th and Webster in 1867, where they stayed for almost 50 years. It continues as a powerful institution in the Near North Side at 2402 N. 22nd Street in a beautiful building. St. John’s grew three other A.M.E. congregations in Omaha: Bethel AME at North 25th and Franklin Streets; Allen Chapel in South Omaha; and Primm Chapel, formerly at North 18th and Emmet Streets.

The largest African American church in Nebraska for decades, Zion Baptist Church in North Omaha, was founded in 1884. Located at 2215 Grant Street, its current home was designed by North Omaha’s African American architect, Clarence Wigington. Founded in 1887, the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church moved several times before 1927, when they moved to 2602 North 24th Street.

Hillside Presbyterian Church was founded by Harrison J. Pinkett in 1918. After building a church that burnt down in the 1920s and the congregation struggling for 20 years, in 1946 the Omaha Presbytery was going to close it. However, members rallied and a new building was constructed at North 30th and Ohio Streets. When that burnt down, members built a new building but outgrew it by the time it was done. Members eventually merged their congregation with Bethany Presbyterian Church and moved to North 24th Street to integrate, and they took over the old North Presbyterian Church to become Calvin Memorial Presbyterian Church. That congregation folded in the 1990s.

Clair United Methodist Church proudly displays their North Omaha roots, and is located at 5544 Ames Avenue.

The Peoples’ Church was founded in downtown Omaha in 1892. It moved to 1708 N. 26th Street in North Omaha by the 1920s, and stayed open for several years afterwards. The Tabernacle Church of Christ Holiness opened in the 1950s at 1521 North 21st Street in the former synagogue of Beth Hamedrosh Adas Jeshuran. Founded in 1922, St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church is Nebraska’s only Black Catholic congregation when it was opened at 2423 Grant Street in the Near North Side neighborhood.

Beginning in 1913, Clair Methodist Episcopal Church served the Near North Side for several decades. Originally called Grove Methodist Church, they built at North 22nd and Seward Streets. In 1927, the congregation was renamed in honor of a local Methodist bishop, and opened a new building at North 22nd and Miami. They had purchased the former First Church of the Brethren, a German church built in 1915. Clair stayed there for 30 years until moving to the former St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2443 Evans Street. The church moved to 5544 Ames Avenue in 1983 and has been there since.
This is St. John’s African Methodist Episcopal at 2402 N. 22nd St. in the Near North Side neighborhood.

St. Phillip the Deacon was an Episcopal church built in the early 1890s, and was located at 1119 N. 21st Street. As Omaha’s segregated Black Episcopal church, St. Philip the Deacon grew and built a new structure on Binney Street in Kountze Place in 1949. In 1986, they joined St. John’s Episcopal Church to form an integrated congregation called the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection.

 

Zion Lutheran Church was located on the northwest corner of N. 36th and Lafayette in the Walnut Hill neighborhood. It merged with Immanuel Lutheran Church to become Augustana Lutheran, which is still located in Bemis Park.

Before 1900, almost all of the mainline denominations had congregations in North Omaha. The Lutherans were the largest denomination; Methodists, Episcopalians, Baptists and Congregationalists each had churches in North Omaha. There were also a lot of Catholics in North Omaha. One of their premier parishes in the community is called Sacred Heart.

This is the students’ entrance to Sacred Heart School at 2205 Binney St. in Kountze Place.

In 1897, Herman Kountze donated land to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church to relocate their church to Kountze Place. They quickly moved their old church from N. 26th and Sprague to N. 24th and Binney, but their old building stood on the site a few years. In 1902, popular Omaha architects Fischer and Lawrie designed a grand gothic, traditionally-laid out building. The church also hosts a school across the street, and a rectory next door.

Growing Churches in Growing Neighborhoods

Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church built a new building in Kountze Place in the 1890s, rebuilt it after the 1913 Easter Tornado, and moved to another North Omaha neighborhood in the 1940s. Plymouth Congregational Church, built in 1915 at 1802 Emmet Street, was sold to Primm Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1961. Primm Chapel closed at some point in the 1980s, and is now home to the Second Baptist Church.

 

This building was originally Trinity Methodist Church, located at 2031 Binney St. in Kountze Place. Today it home to the Church of the Living God.

 

Trinity Lutheran Church was started as a “child church” of the city’s Immanuel Lutheran Church in 1915, and was specifically called Trinity English Church because that was the only language allowed. Located at 6340 N. 30th St, it celebrated its 100 year anniversary this year! Near to Trinity is the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, which was opened as St. John Episcopal Church in 1927. Another neighbor was built in 1923. Miller Park Presbyterian Church was located at North 30th and Huntington Avenue, next door to Trinity. Today, it is home to the World Fellowship Christian Center.

Trinity Lutheran Church, which just turned 100 years old, at 6340 N. 30th St.

 

On the corner of North 24th and Ogden Avenue sits the former Pearl Memorial United Methodist Church. This building opened in 1906, and closed in the 1990s.  One of the strongest Black churches in Omaha today is Salem Baptist Church, which has become vital for all of North Omaha. Salem was founded in 1922 as an offshoot of an Interdenominational Church that was located near 26th and Franklin Streets in the Near Northside Neighborhood. In 2000, the congregation finished building a beautiful new church where the Hilltop Housing Projects were located. Omaha’s Second Presbyterian Church was originally opened at North 24th and Nicholas Streets.

 

Salem Baptist Church at 3131 Lake Street, where the Hilltop Housing Projects used to stand.


Churches were among the first establishments founded in Florence in 1854. St. Philip Neri Church, located at 8200 North 30th Street, has a long history in the Florence neighborhood of North Omaha. Established at N. 31st and Grebe in 1904, the parish opened a school in 1922.

Established to serve several neighborhoods in what was regarded as west Omaha at the time, the first Saint Cecilia Parish church was constructed on a high ridge to the west of the Walnut Hill neighborhood, at present-day North 40th and Burt Streets. A tiny wooden building was finished in 1888 and served for several decades. It was demolished in a windstorm in 1917.

 

This is the original 1902 Zion Lutheran Church at N. 36th and Charles Streets. It still stands there today, repurposed as a house.

In 1902, in a small chapel on N. 36th and Charles Streets that is still located there, a new congregation called Zion Lutheran Church started. For a decade, all of the services were held in German. The church built a new huge new building at N. 36th and Lafayette in 1919. However, in 1936 it was forced to merge with Trinity Lutheran church because of the Great Depression.

 

Augustana Lutheran Church at 3647 Lafayette Avenue in the Walnut Hill neighborhood.

Becoming Augustana Lutheran Church, today the congregation is housed in a 1951 building in the Walnut Hill neighborhood. In 1966, a documentary about a Augustana was nominated for an Oscar award. Called A Time for Burning, it featured a young Ernie Chambers speaking plainly about race and racism in Omaha. In 2005 the film included in the National Film Registry of the United States Library of Congress.

 

Miller Park Presbyterian Church was located at North 30th and Reddick Avenue; today, the building is home to the World Fellowship Christian Center.

Former Churches in North Omaha

So many churches have started, thrived, emptied out and closed throughout North Omaha that I can’t possibly include all of them here. However, here are some of the ones I’ve found. If you know of a former North Omaha church that should be here, please share the information with me in the comments section below.

Saint Cecilia’s School opened at 3901 in 1913 in the Walnut Hill neighborhood.

The Notre Dame Academy and Convent was built in North Omaha’s Florence neighborhood in the 1920s. Its nuns were Czechs who were intended to serve Omaha’s large Czech community. After identifying their need to serve Omaha, the Sisters of Notre Dame bought Father Flanagan’s Seven Oaks Farm, and hired architects to design a large, E-shaped building to serve as a school. The Notre Dame Academy closed in the 1970s, and today the building serves as housing for the elderly.

Opening in 1919, the Holy Name Catholic Church is located at 2901 Fontenelle Boulevard in North Omaha. In addition to their church, they host a school that serves students from across the city. St. Bernard Catholic Church began as a white frame church at 61st and Miami Streets in 1905, with a parish consisting of “town-folk” from Benson and its surrounding farmers. Today it is located at 3601 N. 65th Street, and supports a school also.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church was founded in 1919 on the northwest corner of North 30th and Curtis Avenue. The first church on the site was a wooden building that served as a church at Fort Omaha. Moved from there to the new site, the church built its first permanent structure in 1921. After operating a school, convent and outreach programs for years, the church closed in 2014.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 2053 N. 20th St. for a primarily German congregation. 

Other historic churches in North Omaha included Immanuel Baptist Church in Kountze Place at North 24th and Binney Streets. Our Savior Lutheran Church was at 1001 North 30th Street. Today, that building is home to St. Matthew’s Mission Baptist Church. The integrated congregation of Hope Lutheran Church bought Pella Lutheran Church’s building at 2723 North 30th Street in 1946, and stands there today. Asbury United Methodist Church was at 2319 Ogden Street for more than 50 years.

Zion Baptist Church is located at 2215 Grant Street in the Near North Side neighborhood.

One denomination went above all others in its commitment to North Omaha. In the early 1900s, the Omaha Presbyterian Theological Seminary was opened in Kountze Place. Its goal was to educate Presbyterian ministers for growing rural populations in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Kansas. It closed permanently in the 1940s, and the building was demolished in the 1970s.

 

The Omaha Presbyterian Theological Seminary was located on Florence Boulevard at Lothrop Street in Kountze Place.

With a beautiful building constructed in 1919, the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church at 5314 N. 14th Avenue was a bastion of East Omaha for more than 75 years. It closed and merged with Sacred Heart.

St. John’s Episcopal Church was founded in 1885 at North 26th and Franklin Streets. A white-only congregation, they moved to North 25th and Browne by 1900. In 1927, their new building opened at 3004 Belevedre Boulevard. After floundering for a decade, St. John’s merged with St. Phillip the Deacon Episcopal Church, a segregated Black church, in 1987 to form the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection.

Finally, the Holy Angels Catholic Church and School was located on the northeast corner of N. 27th and Fowler Avenue in North Omaha. A larger church was built by 1920, but because of white flight both the church and school dwindled steadily in numbers from the mid-1960s through the 1970s. It also merged with Sacred Heart parish, and the entire complex was demolished in 1980. Today, the site of the church abuts the North Freeway / Sorenson Parkway interchange.

 

The Holy Angels Catholic Church and School were located on the northeast corner of N. 27th and Fowler. This was all demolished in the 1980s. Photo courtesy of Durham Museum.

White flight drove many churches away from North Omaha. Either by following their flocks or because of dwindling numbers of congregants, several churches established in the Near North Side and Kountze Place neighborhoods moved westward to follow their congregants.

One such church is Covenant Presbyterian Church which began as Bedford Place Presbyterian Church in 1893. In 1904 the name changed to Church of the Covenant, and in 1906 the church moved to North 27th and Pratt Street, and in 1957, it moved to North 51st and Ames Avenue. They eventually moved to west Omaha. Another example is St. Paul Lutheran Church. In 1887, St. Paul German Lutheran Church was started at North 26th and Hamilton Streets. Just five years later, in 1892, the church moved to a new building at North 28th and Parker Streets. When that church was demolished by the Easter Sunday Tornado of 1913, the congregation built a new church at North 25th Avenue and Evans Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood. After adding a school in 1930, the church remained here until 1958. They moved to North 50th and Grand Avenue in 1959, and built a new building there in 1966, where they’ve remained since.

Grove Methodist Church became Clair United Methodist, which is located today at N. 55 and Ames.

Official Omaha Landmarks

Several churches in North Omaha feature notable architecture, and eleven of the community’s churches are designated as official Omaha Landmarks or listed on the National Register of Historic Places, or NRHP.

 

This is Immanuel Baptist Church at N. 24th and Pinkney Streets as it appeared in 1922.

Originally called North Presbyterian Church, then Calvin Memorial Presbyterian Church, and now home to the Church of Jesus Christ Whole Truth, the building at 3105 N. 24th Street has been noted as, “architecturally significant to Omaha as a fine example of the Neo-Classical Revival Style of architecture.” The building is listed on the NRHP and is designated as an Omaha Landmark.

The St. John’s AME Church built a proud Prairie style building designed by notable L.A. architect Frederick Stott. Its two previous buildings were located nearer to present-day downtown Omaha, with the second one designed by an African American architect in North Omaha named Clarence Wigington. The building is designated as an Omaha Landmark and listed on the NRHP.

Holy Family Church is listed on the NRHP and is designated as an Omaha Landmark. Holy Family Church is the oldest existing Catholic church building in Omaha and the oldest remaining brick church structure in the city.

This Church of the Sacred Heart, located at 2218 Binney St. in Kountze Place.

Built in 1902 in Kountze Place, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church was originally an upper class celebration of Catholic influence and growth. As the neighborhood around it changed, the church morphed to serve local needs and today continues supporting a neighborhood school and several other ministries. It is both an Omaha Landmark and listed on the NRHP.

The site of the Robinson Memorial Church of God in Christ at 2318 N. 26th Street celebrates one of the strongest legacies of any church leader in Omaha history. For more than 20 years, Lizzie Robinson traveled the country on behalf of the denomination to establish new congregations. Her legacy continues today as the churches keep flourishing in their second century. The site has been designated an official Omaha Landmark.

In 1905, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Omaha broke ground on a new Saint Cecilia’s Cathedral, located at N. 40th and Burt Streets in North Omaha. Ranked as one of the United States’ ten largest cathedrals, it was designed by Thomas Rogers Kimball in the Second Spanish Colonial style. It was built on the edge of the Walnut Hill neighborhood, and took 50 years to complete construction. It is listed on the NRHP, and is designated as an Omaha Landmark.

St. Timothy Church of God in Christ at 5720 N. 24th Street in the Miller Park neighborhood.

The most recent addition to the list of North Omaha churches on the National Register of Historic Places is also the newest building. St. Richard’s Catholic School and Rectory was constructed in 1961 at 4318 Fort Street. Designed in the Mid-Century Modern style to meet its once-suburban neighborhood’s needs, the parish closed in the 2000s. Today, it serves as a senior home, youth century and social services facility.

 

Changing with Neighborhoods

Mt Vernon Baptist Church at 2920 N. 16th St. in the Saratoga neighborhood.

In the late 1980s, my neighborhood grocery store became a church. Phil’s Foodway once had a store at N. 24th and Fort where my family shopped regularly after we moved to the Miller Park neighborhood. At some point, all the kids in the neighborhood started talking about the store’s closing, and sure enough, one day everyone knew they could get ice cream there cheap! I bought four half-gallon boxes for $.50 apiece and hauled them home, and Phil’s was closed after that. Within a few years, the Tabernacle of Faith Church of God In Christ opened in the old supermarket at 2404 Fort Street.

 

Pilgrim Baptist Church was founded in 1917, and it located at 2501 Hamilton St. in the Near North Side neighborhood.

There are many newer churches serving North Omaha. Many congregations of the Church of God in Christ serve North Omaha, including Second Advent COGIC on N. 30th; Power House COGIC on Browne Street and N. 25th Avenue; and the St. Timothy COGIC at N. 24th and Himebaugh Avenue.

 

Power House Church of God in Christ at 2553 Browne Street in the Miller Park neighborhood.

The Christ-Love Unity Church is at N. 29th and Ellison Avenue, and the Mount Carmel Baptist Church is located at N. 27th and Camden Avenue. Mount Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church was open in 1949, and continues serving the Minne Lusa and Florence neighborhoods at 7301 N. 28th Street today.

The church building at 2502 North 51st Street in the Benson neighborhood has an interesting and transitional history. Opened in 1929 as the First Church of the Brethren, it closed in 1965. In 1978, it became the God’s Missionary Baptist Church, and then in 2005 it opened as the Saint Vincent of Lerins Antiochian Orthodox Church.

 

Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minne Lusa, North Omaha, Nebraska
A 1948 Drawing of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in the Minne Lusa neighborhood of North Omaha.

 

Forever strong in their faith, North Omaha’s Christian community has many faces, names, denominations, congregations and groups. Hopefully, they’ll learn how to work together to support each other and build the community as a whole. Towards that goal, I am sharing the following directory of Christian congregations. Please let me know if you have any corrections or additions in the comments section.

 

St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic at 5314 N. 14th Avenue in East Omaha.


North Omaha Church Directory

These are active churches in North Omaha today. Please share any corrections with me using the comments section!

Other Churches in North Omaha

  • St. Vincent of Lerins Western Rite Orthodox at 2502 N 51st St
  • Christ-Love Unity Church at 2903 Ellison Avenue
  • Faith Deliverance Church at 2901 North 30th Street
  • Episcopal Church of the Resurrection at 3004 Belvedere Blvd
  • Cleaves Temple CME at 2431 Decatur Street

African Methodist Episcopal Churches in North Omaha

  • Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal at 2842 Monroe Street
  • St. John’s African Methodist Episcopal at 2402 N. 22nd Street

Apostolic Churches in North Omaha

  • Apostolic Oblates at 6762 Western Avenue
  • Bethlehem Apostolic at 6910 Maple Street
  • Grace Apostolic at 2216 Military Ave

Assembly of God in North Omaha

  • Freedom Assembly of God at 4224 N 24th Street
  • Royal Assembly of God at 2864 State St

Baptist Churches in North Omaha

  • Community Baptist at 8019 N. 31st Street
  • Cross Road Baptist at 6068 Ames Avenue
  • Jehovah Shammah Baptist at 2537 N. 62nd Street
  • Karen Street Baptist at 6109 Karen Street
  • Mt Moriah Baptist Church at 2602 North 24th Street
  • St. Mark Baptist Church at 3616 Spaulding Street
  • Pilgrim Baptist at 2501 Hamilton Street
  • Salem Baptist at 3131 Lake Street
  • Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist at 5501 N. 50th Street
  • Second Baptist at 1802 Emmet Street

Catholic Churches in North Omaha

  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic at 3020 Curtis Street (closed)
  • Holy Family Catholic at 1715 Izard Street
  • Holy Name Catholic at 3014 N. 45th Street
  • Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic at 5215 Seward Street
  • Sacred Heart Catholic at 2218 Binney Street
  • St. Benedict the Moor Catholic at 2423 Grant Street
  • St. Bernard Catholic at 3601 N. 65th Street
  • St. Cecilia Catholic at 701 N. 40th Street
  • St. John’s Parish Catholic at 2500 California Plaza
  • St. Philip Neri Blessed Sacrament Parish at 8201 North 30th Street
  • St. Richard Catholic at 4320 Fort Street
  • St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic at 5314 N. 14th Avenue (closed)

Christian Churches in North Omaha

  • Benson Christian at 2704 N. 58th Street
  • Christian Discipleship Christian at1823 Lake Street
  • City Church Christian at 6051 Maple Street
  • Florence Alliance Christian at 8702 N. 30th Street
  • Florence Christian at 7300 Northridge Drive
  • Fort Street Christian at 5116 Terrace Drive
  • Freedom Christian at 4606 N. 56th Street
  • Northside Family Christian at 4102 Florence Boulevard
  • Pilgrim Christian at 2818 N. 70th Street
  • Shiloh Christian at 1501 N. 33rd Street
  • Sonrise Christian at 4623 N. 54th Circle
  • Benson Christian at 2704 N. 58th Street
  • Christ Temple Christian at 2124 N. 26th Street

Church of Christ in North Omaha

  • Church Of Christ at 5922 Fort Street
  • Church Of Christ at 5118 Hartman Avenue
  • Church of Christ at 4628 Grand Avenue
  • Faith Temple Church of Christ at 3049 Curtis Avenue
  • Friends Of Christ Evangelical Church of Christ at 3208 Corby Street
  • Jesus Christ Church of Christ at 1517 N. 30th Street
  • New Life Church of Christ at 1712 N. 24th Street
  • Tabernacle Church of Christ at 1521 N. 25th Street
  • Antioch Church of Christ at 3654 Miami Street

Church of God in Christ in North Omaha

  • Cathedral of Love Church of God in Christ at 2816 Ames Avenue
  • Church of God in Christ at 2025 N. 24th Street
  • International Church of God in Christ at 4628 Grand Avenue
  • Church Of The Living God Church of God in Christ at 2029 Binney Street
  • Church Of The Living God Church of God in Christ at 3805 Bedford Avenue
  • Faith Temple Church of God in Christ at 3049 Curtis Avenue
  • Faith Temple Church of God in Christ 2108 Emmet Street
  • Freedom Church Assembly Church of God in Christ at 4430 Florence Blvd
  • Gethsemane Church of God in Christ at 5720 N. 24th Street
  • New Bethel Church of God in Christ at 1710 N. 25th Street
  • New Life Church of God in Christ at 1712 N. 24th Street
  • Power House Church of God in Christ at 2553 Browne Street

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in North Omaha

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Florence Ward at 5217 North 54th Street
  • Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints at 8283 N. 34th Street

Lutheran Churches in North Omaha

  • American Lutheran at 4140 N. 42nd Street
  • Augustana Lutheran at 3647 Lafayette Avenue
  • Bethany Lutheran at 5151 Northwest Radial Highway
  • Deaf Bethlehem Lutheran at 5074 Lake Street
  • Garden-Gethsemane Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran at 4543 Camden Avenue
  • Hope Lutheran at 2721 N. 30th Street
  • Immanuel Lutheran at 2725 N. 60th Avenue
  • Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries at 4205 Boyd Street
  • Mount Olive Lutheran at 7301 N. 28th Avenue
  • Northside Community Lutheran at 1511 N. 20th Street
  • Our Redeemer Lutheran at 4757 N. 24th Street
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church at 11120 Calhoun Road
  • Shepherd Of The Hills Lutheran at 6201 N. 60th Street
  • St Paul Lutheran at 5020 Grand Avenue
  • Trinity Lutheran Church at 6340 North 30th Street

United Methodist Churches in North Omaha

  • Asbury United Methodist at 5226 N. 15th Street (closed)
  • Clair Memorial United Methodist at 5544 Ames Avenue
  • Olive Crest United Methodist Church at 7180 North 60th Street
  • Pearl Memorial United Methodist at 2319 Ogden Street (closed)
  • Trinity United Methodist at 6001 Fontenelle Boulevard

Presbyterian Churches in North Omaha

  • Benson Presbyterian at 5612 Corby Street
  • Clifton Hill Presbyterian
  • Florence Presbyterian at 8314 N. 31st Street
  • Harvest Community Presbyterian at 4932 Ohio Street
  • Lowe Avenue Presbyterian at 1023 N. 40th Street
  • Miller Park Presbyterian at 3020 Huntington Avenue
  • Mount View Presbyterian at 5308 Hartman Avenue
  • New Life Presbyterian at 4060 Pratt Street

 


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Bonus Pics!

 

This is North Omaha’s Zion Baptist Church as it appeared in 1959.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church on a postcard from circa 1920.
Pearl Memorial United Methodist Church was built at 24th and Ogden in the Miller Park Neighborhood.
North Presbyterian Church was built in 1910 at 3105 North 24th Street in the Kountze Place neighborhood.

 

Immanuel Deaconess Institute Church was built in 1926 near North 34th and Meredith Streets in the Monmouth Park neighborhood. 
Originally built as Pearl Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church in 1905 at 2377 Larimore Avenue, this church became home to the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in 1915. Today its home to Iglesia Pentecostes Roca de Salvacion.
This church was originally built as the Third Church Christ Scientist in 1950 at 2118 Browne Street in the Saratoga neighborhood, today its home to Bethlehem Baptist Church.

 

Bostwick and Frohart did an expose on Sacred Heart Catholic Church in 1922, which I’ve collected here in this graphic.

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  1. Do you know where I can find any pictures of St Paul Lutheran Church at any of its former locations, especially at 25th & Evans? I’m doing a family history video documentary. I already called the church. No luck. Great information, by the way!

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    1. Hi Lana, and thanks for your note. I have to admit that I haven’t tracked St. Paul’s full timeline, because they started in the downtown core rather than North O. I’d love to know what addresses you’ve found for them. The other problem is that I have info on a congregation called the Saint Paul’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church that opened in the 1870s, and Saint Paul Lutheran Church that opened in 1887. Different? Same? No idea. Both of those are DEFINITELY different from St. Paul’s Lutheran in Millard!

      Anyway, here are the dates and locations I have:

      * 1870s: Saint Paul’s German Lutheran Evangelical opens at North 28th and Parker Streets. Closed by 1920.
      * 1887: Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church established
      * 1914: 2443 Evans Street
      * 1965: 5020 Grand Avenue

      As for pics, my frequent source at the Durham Musuem’s online archive has none. Their site is at http://durhammuseum.contentdm.oclc.org/

      Otherwise, if you know how to use Google Street View you can see where my current pics come from!

      Good luck – and please share if you come across any good shots!

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