Join us every Sunday at 10:30am for worship!

Bethany Christian Church

1645 N Cotner Blvd.
Lincoln, NE 68505


Worship is at 10:30 every Sunday

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Our Pastor

Ciao! Daryl Lauber, Senior Minister, is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Daryl is married to Kris Lauber, a native of Saint Louis. Their passions include anything Italian, early church history and archaeology, Cardinals baseball and concretes at Ted Drewes. You can reach Daryl by email at

Bethany Christian Church

We are pleased you have visited our site today! Bethany Christian Church (BCC) is located near 66th and Holdrege Street in Lincoln, Nebraska. Map



Come join us for worship every Sunday at 10:30am!

Sunday School for children and adults begins at 9:15am (September to May).


Our church welcomes people to come together, share their stories and grow in relationship to God. Our aim is to become biblically informed and to make these teachings a part of our daily living. In an environment of hospitality and acceptance, all people are made to feel welcomed and needed, and are encouraged to discover and share their gifts in service to others.


A variety of Christian education experiences are offered for all ages. We are blessed with a staff of faithful volunteer teachers and leaders who are dedicated to God and the mission of the church, and who care about persons and their growth as disciples of Jesus Christ.


Whether you are curious about the Christian faith, or a new or long time member of the church, we invite you to come and grow spiritually here at Bethany.


We are a member congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We are an open church – open to helping each other grow by sharing our doubts as well as our faith, our fears as well as our hopes. We believe that real spiritual growth is possible only in an atmosphere of acceptance, love and support.


We are people of every background and theology who gather together to worship. We are bound together in fellowship and service by belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. On all other matters the church recognizes the right of its members to freedom of opinion.


We readily welcome people from all backgrounds and denominations.


Bethany Christian Church is an affiliate of the Disciples of Christ


Where We Started Who We Are

In November 1889, students and faculty of Cotner University along with many Bethany residents met to conduct the first worship service of the Christian Church of Bethany. On January 2, 1890, the new church moved into a newly completed dormitory on the Cotner campus with Dr. William P. Alysworth, Chancellor of Cotner University, as its pastor. Upon completion of the college chapel that same year, the church moved into the home it was to occupy for the next 18 years.


Plans were made for a church building of its own apart from Cotner University. The new structure was dedicated the first Sunday in October of 1908 and stood on the same location as the present church. It seated 1,500 worshipers and was one of the largest and most magnificent religious buildings in the state. It housed the Bethany congregation until November 20, 1928, when it was destroyed by fire. Immediately the congregation decided to rebuild, in spite of the Great Depression. On March 22, 1931 the formal dedication of the present Bethany Christian Church was celebrated. Within two years, Cotner University closed the nearby campus and relocated across from the UNL East campus.


The Easter Pageant, "Cross Triumphant", was given birth in 1939 by Faythe Leavitt, former Cotner professor, and performed during Holy Week for 38 years.


Shaped by the history of generations past, empowered by a vision of God's peace, we are called to bring light and life to our world!


Are you looking for a faith community? Consider Bethany Christian Church. People presenting themselves for membership here are asked only one question: "Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and do you accept Him as your Savior and Lord, and will you seek to serve Him through this Church?"


Bethany Christian Church is a congregation of the Christian (Disciples of Christ) whose mission is "to be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps 'to the ends of the earth' (Acts 1:8)." We practice:


  • Open Communion. The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is celebrated weekly and open to all. We understand the sharing of bread and cup in Jesus' name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God's feast for all people.
  • Baptism by immersion. Baptism is a sign of God's grace in Jesus Christ, and a promise to live in faithful response to that grace. A person's decision to be baptized marks the formal beginning of a lifelong journey with God through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. While Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other fors of baptism such as infant baptism are seen as valid and not barriers to membership in the body of Christ.
  • Diversity of opinion. Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: a belief centered around the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Persons are free to follow their consciences, guided by the Spirit, and find more grace in the search for understanding than in dogma and creeds. Perhaps there is more value in questions than in absolutes.
  • Importance of church unity. All Christians are called to equip one another for the work God calls us to do: striving for peace and justice among all people. The way we behave toward one another and all God's creatures is the fullest expression of what we believe.
  • Inclusion. Disciples seek to provide a welcoming space in which our language and practices encourage inclusion. We are committed to promoting a fair and just environment for all ages, social classes, cultures, gender identities, and differing abilities.


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