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Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha




In 1973, "Rev. Fred Zydek and Rev. Gary Storm became MCC Omaha's first pastors. Services were held in the Unitarian church, and in January 1974, MCC Omaha became a chartered Metropolitan Community Church congregation.

"In 1975 Rev. Bob Arthur became pastor and the church moved into a former laundromat at the corner of 20thand Burt. Rev. Bob Darst then took leadership of the congregation. Pastor Bob was known for the two dollar fellowship meals he prepared and served every Wednesday. In 1982, Rev. Jan Kross joined MCC Omaha family as the first female pastor. The congregation continued to meet at 20th and Burt despite vandalism and graffiti until the Fire Marshall ruled the building did not meet code.

"In 1975, members of MCC Omaha took a huge step in faith and purchased a former bar at 420 South 24th Street. On that day MCC Omaha became the first LGBT organization in Nebraska to own property. Today we are still the only LGBT organization in the state that owns real estate.

"The congregation worked hard to beautify that small building. (To this day it continues to serve as a church with an outreach to bikers.) The cross from that building continues to hang in the building's current sanctuary. In 1985 MCC Omaha was present in the first Pride parade and has marched in each year in Omaha's Pride parade since then. In 1989, Rev. Matthew Howard was called as pastor.

"Rev. Howard worked with the church and the community to raise money, and in 1992, the congregation purchased the current building on South 22nd Street. Built in 1888 as Danish Lutheran church, the congregation found a home where MCC Omaha could grow. Neighbors donated land and today the church and its property comprises nine and a half lots of land in downtown Omaha. In 1995, Earle Lewis came to the pulpit followed by Rev. Sharon Sloat in 1996, and Rev. Barb Sagat in 2001. Rev. Tom Emmett moved from Colorado in 2007 to become the Senior Pastor and Rev. Melissa Smithee was added as a second pastor in 2010 as the Pastor of Congregational Life."

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Founder's 500 Award, circa 2000

Identifier: MSS0077_obj_003
Scope and Contents

Photograph of award given to Patrick Phalen and Terry Sweeney by Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha, Nebraska. The award is a clear plastic top with a black base.

Award reads, "Founder's 500 - Vision Architects for Metropolitan Community Churches - "Because of your faith and boldness" -Philemon 1:6-7 - Mr. Patrick Phalen & Mr. Terry Sweeney."

Dates: circa 2000

Fredrick J. Zydek Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-0078
Content Description The Fredrick J. Zydek papers primarily document his work and career as a poet. Zydek’s collection thoroughly documents his poetry with a folder of material about each of his poems containing drafts and final versions of the poems as well as correspondence with publishers when the poems were published, which was frequently the case (15 cubic feet). Many of Zydek’s poems were published and they covered a range of topics. The collection also includes his short stories. Folders of material about...
Dates: circa 1965-2016

Fredrick Zydek Videos, 2013-2016

Scope and Contents

Videos created by Fredrick Zydek include readings of his writings, the history of Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha (MCC Omaha), family history, LGBT topics such as “Native American Gay History,” and other videos reflecting Zydek’s interests. All videos are available for viewing from Zydek’s YouTube page at as of February 10, 2017.

Dates: 2013-2016

Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha Records

 Collection — Box 1-6
Identifier: MSS-0098
Content Description The Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha (MCC Omaha) was chartered in 1974 as the first church in Omaha with positive ministry activities to the LGBTQ+ community. The MCC Omaha Records are comprised of 2.5 cubic feet of documents and photographs from 1959 through 2017 with the bulk of items dated 1973 to 1975 and 1996 to 2003. Photographs of church events and other activities from 1987 through 2003 make up most of the collection. There is a gap in materials from 1975 through the mid-1990s,...
Dates: 1959 - 2017

Metropolitan Community Church Plaque to Fredrick Zydek, 2004, January 24, 2004

Identifier: mss0078_obj_1
Scope and Contents Photograph of a plaque awarded to Fredrick Zydek by Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha in 2004. Award is black with a green marble plaque face with gold type. Item was produced by Center Trophy in Omaha. The plaque reads: "MCC - Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha. Mr. Fred Zydeck - On this twenty-fourth day of January in the year two thousand and four - Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha - With thanks and gratitude recognizes your prophetic bravery and dedication as the founding...
Dates: January 24, 2004