Randy Hildebrant is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a Church and Community Worker at the Rural Revitalization Project of the Elkhorn Valley District of the Nebraska Annual Conference.
The revitalization project in Elkhorn Valley, based in Norfolk, is both spiritual and programmatic. It seeks to engender an outward directed sense of ministry and mission among the laity. Goals include connecting local churches with the needs of communities and responding to the needs of persons of all ages, ethnic groups, and economic conditions. The context is that of years of rural population decline that has not only reduced church memberships but also had serious social and economic implications.
In his congregational revitalization work, Randy asks congregations to answer three questions:
- Why do people need Christ?
- Why do people need church?
- Why do people need this particular church?
"As they answer these questions, they will find their vision and purpose of the congregation," he says.
Assigned to the Nebraska Conference in June 2011, Randy was for 10 years assigned to the Jubilee Project, an Appalachian ministry based in Sneedville, Tennessee in the Holston Annual Conference. He has a strong commitment to rural ministry. Earlier in his work, he was assistant pastor of the Franklin United Methodist Church in Franklin, North Carolina.
Randy was born in Oklahoma and studied sports administration at East Central University in Ada. He and his family now live in Plainview, Nebraska, where he is active in both the Crawford Valley and Plainview United Methodist churches. He is married to Aletha Hildebrant and the couple has two children, Grace and Adam, entering their teen years.
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