We are an Oasis of Joy!
Welcome to the Kingdom Encounters family! We are so happy you are choosing to join with us! As our slogan states, we seek to be an oasis of joy, peace, and life for those who are thirsty for Jesus and in need of an encounter with God. It is our desire as a fellowship of believers that we genuinely care for you on not just a spiritual level but on a mental, emotional, and physical level as well. We desire to unite with you and see you not merely survive, but thrive!
Let’s do life together!
Pastor Bret Baker &
Pastor Jason West
A Note from Our Pastors
Co-Pastors Bret Baker & Jason West
With Overseeing Pastor Jay West
View our Strategic Blueprint & our Statement of Beliefs
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First and foremost, Kingdom Encounters seeks to be a true “Oasis of Joy” in a dry and thirsty world. We desire that KE becomes a place where the Holy Spirit dwells and is active, bringing refreshment and life to those who walk through our doors. We seek to bring those who are broken, lost, and hurting towards a real encounter and relationship with Jesus, and we strive to represent Christ and His Kingdom life to all we encounter.
Second, we seek to become a church as outlined in Acts 2:42-47. We desire to be a church of unity that stays together, prays together, and obeys together. We do this through fellowship, through corporate prayer and worship, and through caring and helping each other in times of need. We seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus, ready to reach out and love one another as Jesus commanded (John 13:34-35).
Third, we seek to train up and send out disciples as Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations...” We desire for all members of the body to operate in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, grow and develop their God-given gifts and talents, be “transformed by the renewing of their minds” (Romans 12:2), and be sent out to carry the Kingdom of God with them wherever they go.
Our Strategic Blueprint
Kingdom Encounters was founded in 2014 by Pastor Jay West. Beginning as a home group, Pastor West chose through obedience and a prompting of the Lord to establish a new church within Omaha with the full blessing of his overseeing pastor: James Hart of Eagles Nest Worship Center.
With a goal to “not be pastor driven but Kingdom focused,” Pastor West strived to make Kingdom Encounters a “new way not to do church” by leading the church through a simple principle outlined in John 5:19: “the Son can do only what He sees the Father doing.” Pastor West envisioned Kingdom Encounters to be a place where “everyone gets to play,” with members developing and practicing their spiritual gifts, where disciples were trained and released, and where its members took every opportunity to lead others to their own encounters with the Kingdom of God.
In 2021, Pastor West handed down leadership responsibilities to his son, Jason West, and founding church member, Bret Baker. Together as co-pastors, Pastor Jason and Pastor Bret seek to build upon the foundation laid by Pastor West by continuing to guide Kingdom Encounters into becoming a true, caring community and an “Oasis of Joy” for the Omaha Metro.
In addition to Pastor Bret and Pastor Jason, we also have two elders who serve on our leadership team. They work with the pastors to give counsel for important decisions in the church body, they assist in providing a level of care and prayer for the members of the congregation, and they also help provide discernment for the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit in our services.