Senior Pastor Jim Corson
Rev. Jim Corson, Senior Pastor
Pastor Jim was appointed to serve Rockbrook United Methodist Church in July 2016. Most recently he served as Senior Pastor of Bellevue Aldersgate and Omaha Lefler United Methodist Churches. He has also served congregations in Aurora, Bradshaw, and Blair Nebraska.
Pastor Jim grew up in the Omaha area, originally in the Miller Park area, and then moving to (what was then) Southwest Omaha. He attended Westside High School, UNO, and Creighton University. A second-career pastor, he was a business executive before taking his seminary training at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.
His wife Allison Brown-Corson is the Development Director for Youth Emergency Services. They have three adult children, Sean, Jordyn, and Alex.
In addition to his duties at Rockbrook, Pastor Jim serves on several teams and boards at the Conference and District level.
He is excited about coming to a large, vital church with a heart for serving God's people. He encourages folks to drop in and say hi!
Director of Children's Ministries Julie Vidlak
Julie is excited to serve as Children’s Ministry Director for ages 3 through 6th grade. Although this is her first formal job in church work, Julie’s prior experiences have definitely led her in this direction.
Julie grew up in the small town of Persia, Iowa going to the United Methodist Church. As she grew in the church, Julie also helped by playing piano for Sunday School and church and helping with Vacation Bible School. She attended Creighton University, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and began what would be a 14 year career of teaching math at the middle school level. Julie continued being active in church, first at Faith Westwood in Omaha, then Southminster in Lincoln, and now Rockbrook. Each church found Julie in similar roles of helping with music and education.
Julie is glad to help in the ever important goal of providing a meaningful church experience for the children of Rockbrook and beyond.
Chancel Choir Director Paul Susemihl
Paul is a native of Iowa and received a degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and later a Master’s Degree from UNO. He has taught on all levels in both Iowa and Nebraska. Paul has been a Music instructor for OPS for 29 years and recently retired from his teaching position. He has been the Chancel Choir director at Rockbrook since 1989. In addition, Paul has sung with the Clarion Chamber Chorale, Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum, and Omaha Chamber Singers. Paul adjudicates for high school music contests with the Iowa High School Music Association and occasionally in Nebraska. He has been involved with church music since he was a child and enjoys his work at Rockbrook very much.
FUSION Youth Ministry Coordinator
After a long search for a youth program leader, we are pleased to welcome Robert Whitbeck to our Rockbrook family! He comes to us with a great deal of experience working with children and youth, most recently at Christ Community Church here in Omaha. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education from Grace University. Robert is also a musician and teaches guitar.
Robert is married, and has a daughter in sixth-grade. His wife and daughter will continue attending Christ Community Church as Robert makes the transition to Rockbrook.