Highlands Reformed Presbyterian Church is a mission church of the Rocky Mountain Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America in Sidney, Neb. The Rev. Norm Kjellsen, a graduate of New Geneva Seminary in Colorado Springs, is the church planting pastor.
Nestled in the panhandle of Nebraska, 20 miles north of the Colorado border and 60 east of the Wyoming border, Sidney offers a unique opportunity for country living and corporate employment. Sidney is the county seat of the largest wheat producing county in Nebraska. The greater Sidney area has a population of about 20,000, made up of a number of small towns in this rural area of Nebraska. Sidney has a stable economic basis due in large part to its farming and being the international headquarters of Cabelas.
Cabelas is a large direct marketer of hunting, camping and fishing gear and apparel and a major employer in this crossroads town. In fact, a number of Highlands members work at Cabelas. If you would like to move to the area to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, you may want to check out opportunities for employment at Cabelas (www.cabelas.com) and be a part of this mission church.
Highlands is committed to proclaiming the gospel of grace to the people in this area, based on the foundation of the inerrancy of Scripture and the Reformed faith as expressed in the Westminster Standards. We are dedicated to upholding God’s truth in the heartland of the greater Sidney area.
If you are not able to move to the area, we are seeking prayer and financial support from other PCA churches and members to help us establish a Bible preaching, grace-centered church in the panhandle of Nebraska.
We have a building that is well located in Sidney that we use for worship, Bible studies, and fellowship gatherings. This past year two of our five founding families relocated because of new jobs. Since then, however, three single-mothers and their children have become a part of our ministry, one of whom had never been to church before in her life. We are grateful to the Lord in providing us the opportunity to teach and nurture these families. Additionally, one elderly woman was recently received into membership by profession of faith who is now bringing a neighbor with her to worship. God continues to work through our ministry as a foundation is laid with Christ as the cornerstone.
PCA churches are few and far between in the heartland. This church plant is one a few in the wide western expanse. Because there are no PCA or other Reformed churches in the Sidney area and before Highlands was formed as a mission church, a number of those in the core group traveled anywhere from 70-100 miles to worship at PCA churches, either in Cheyenne, WY or Ft. Collins, CO. Obviously, traveling these distances regularly was wearing on these families. These families began a Bible study and eventually petitioned the Rocky Mountain Presbytery to approve them as a mission church.
Opportunities to impact our community for the sake of the gospel are tremendous. We ask you to consider supporting this work for a year or two. We are trusting that God will providentially provide the means for us continue for His glory. You can read more about Highlands at our web site: www.triunegrace.org.