Vision Statement

College Avenue United Methodist Church exists to allow the Holy Spirit to be visible in persons through our participation in a community of faith: to welcome diversity within God's creation, and to encourage the telling of God's story through traditional and creative celebrations of worship, study, and outreach.

Through Discipleship, our staff and volunteers are dedicated to following Christ's example. College Avenue United Methodist Church appreciates the diversity within God's people.  


Rev. Dr. Dennis Ackerman , Pastor,

Rev. Dr. Dennis Ackerman, Pastor,

Brenda Larrabee , Administrative Assistant

Brenda Larrabee, Administrative Assistant

Jenny Hutchinson , Education Director

Jenny Hutchinson, Education Director

Peggy Riley , Director of Youth Ministries

Peggy Riley, Director of Youth Ministries





  • 1955: Evangelical United Brethren from Kansas State establish a fellowship.

  • May 26, 1958: Evangelical United Brethren Annual Conference appoints Rev. Cecil Findley to care for the student fellowship and to work on the establishment of a church. Rev. Findley began worship services in his home at 421 Kearney Street, Manhattan.

  • The mission church is chartered on April 19, 1959.

  • The Annual Conference purchases land on College Avenue for the construction of a building.

  • First worship in the new building is held on February 26, 1961. This first sanctuary is now the parlor of the current facility

  • A faithful focus on discipleship and outreach results in steady growth and the need for expansion of the building.

  • On Sunday, May 29, 1966 nearly three hundred people worship in the newly constructed sanctuary. On June 6, 1966, a tornado does major damage to the newly constructed structure.

  • Ministries of outreach and service continue to grow.

  • College Avenue becomes a United Methodist Church with the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church in 1968.

  • There is a fire in the sanctuary of the church in December of 1985 which does major damage.

  • On Palm Sunday, 1986, the congregation worship in the newly restored sanctuary.

  • College Avenue UMC plays a major role in the establishment of outreach ministries in the area. These include The Crisis Center and Ogden Friendship House.

  • The Guiding Values of the church are established – Dignity, Hospitality, Compassion, Spiritual growth, Community, and Discipleship.

  • Begins a food distribution ministry in relationship with Harvesters Food network.

  • Offered assistance to the FIT (Families in Transition) Closet in conjunction with the local school district. The church provides space for this outreach activity which provides clothing, school supplies, and other support for students and families of the district that are homeless.

  • In 2015 a new addition to the church building is completed. This expansion provides a new fellowship hall, office space, elevator, and accessible restrooms.

  • College Avenue UMC continues to develop disciples of Jesus Christ and explore ways to bring the love of Christ to our community. is supporting us with the free use of their online survey platform.