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The Rev’d Jeffrey Nelson, Th. D






Father Jeffrey Nelson was born and raised in Wisconsin. He received degrees from Valparaiso University (BA), The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (M. Div.), and Luther Seminary (Th.D).


Ordained in 1986, Fr. Jeffrey served as a pastor, college professor, writer, and editor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from 1986 to 2010. He was received as a priest in The Episcopal Church at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, Minnesota in January 2010, where he served as Priest Associate until being called as Rector of Episcopal Church of Our Savior in North Platte, Nebraska, in November of 2010. In January of 2019, he was called to serve as Priest-in-Charge of St. Barnabas Parish in Denver, Colorado, and then Rector in 2021. Fr. Jeffrey began his ministry as Rector of St. Stephen’s in April of 2024.


Father Jeffrey is married to Curt Bennett. Between them, they have six children and three grandchildren. Father Jeffrey and Curt share dual residences in Grand Island and Johnson Lake, Nebraska with their Yorkies, Lila and Leo. Fr. Jeffrey enjoys reading, music, writing, travel, roller coasters, movies, and board games.


Kaeleigh Post


Lay Reader/Licensed Preacher

Kaeleigh Post was born in Garden City, Kansas and grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska with her parents, R.J and

Susan, two younger sisters, Lauren and Hannah, and family cats, Hedy Lamarr and Hermione Granger. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She also has a Masters of Theological Studies in Church History and a Masters of Sacred Theology in Systematic Theology, both from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. In her free time, she enjoys reading, knitting, watching cheesy sci-fi movies, sewing, playing the ukulele, and customizing her computer. Her sermons are available at 

Ashley Jones


Parish Administrator

Ashley Jones is St. Stephen's Parish Administrator. Please contact Ashley about any of the day-to-day functions of the office. Ashley is in the office from 10 am - 12 pm Monday through Friday. You can reach Ashley at 308.382.4961.

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