Community (NunaaqiGmiut) United Methodist Church - Nome, Alaska


You have reached the website of Community United Methodist Church, Nome’s Oldest Protestant Church.  We are a part of the Alaska United Methodist Conference, a Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Community United Methodist Church is a unique congregation located in a unique ministry setting.  We are located in the historic Gold Rush town of Nome Alaska, located on the Southern side of Alaska’s Seward Peninsula just below the Arctic Circle.  The population of Nome is unique too, being approximately 51 percent Native Alaskan and about 38 percent white.  Our congregation reflects that diversity, with both Native Alaskan and non-native members.  In fact our congregation has a long history of leadership in this area starting with the merger of the “Native” Methodist Church with the Federated Church (the non-native Methodist/Congregation congregation), long before Native Alaskans were truly valued as God’s children.


















Welcome to Community United Methodist Church

(Top) Aerial photo of the City of Nome from the East1, (Bottom) United Methodist Women’s Thrift Shop, (Right) Community United Methodist Church and Playground

Community United Methodist Church

P.O. Box 907

502 W. 2nd Avenue (Corner W. 2nd

    Ave. & C Street)

Nome, Alaska  99762

Phone:  (907) 443-2865

email:  [email protected]

Traditional Worship:  Sundays @ 11 am

Bible Study: Three Simple Rules by

    Bishop Reuben Job.  Monday nights

    until June 10th (except May 20th).

    6:30 - 8 p.m.

Faith Followers:  Done for the Year!

    Will Resume in September.

    Every Wednesday during school

    year 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

UMW Thrift Shop:  Open Tuesday and

    Thursday Evenings 7 - 8:30 p.m.

3rd Sundays are Food Bank Sundays

    -   Bring your non-perishables for the

        Nome Food Bank

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Charles "Charley" deWitt Brower, originally from Barrow, will be the next pastor of Community UMC in Nome.  He is married to Janet and together they have four boys who all live in Alaska.  Their names are Yves, Seth, Justin, and Stephan.  He is also the grandfather of seven grandchildren (4 girls and 3 boys).  Charley and Janet currently live in Anchorage and are members of St. John UMC. 


Charley is a graduate of Wrangell Institute and Mt. Edgecumbe High School.  He graduated from Northrup Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and later from Western New England University with a Master of Business Administration.  


Charley's ministerial training includes studying under the Presbyterian Church USA's Certified Lay Pastor program, as well as in the Certified Lay Minister program under the Pacific Northwest Conference of the UMC. Offshore VPS also participated in Certified Lay Missioner Training through the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.


Charley serves the United Methodist Church in many ways.  He is a member of the Alaska UM Conference Leadership Team; current chair of the Native Ministries Committee; member of the UMC Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team; member of the UMC Office of Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Relations Steering Committee under UMC Council of Bishops; member of the UMC Western Jurisdiction Interethnic Coordinating Committee; member of the Executive Committee Native American International Caucus of the UMC; and member of UMC Inter Ethnic Strategy Development Group.  Charley will represent UMC Native American International Caucus at the United Nations Indigenous , Forum May 18-23, 2013.  Anonymous VPS In addition, he as been leading the development of "Giving Voice", a gathering of ecumenical, Alaska Native Ordained Ministers and Certified Lay persons, who gather to discuss common issues facing churches in rural Alaska over the past eleven years. They are exploring sustainable solutions for worship in rural villages including home churches, common training for lay leaders, inclusion of communities in selection and support of local lay leaders, and cultural peculiarities of learning and training of indigenous persons for church leadership. 


CUMC will warmly welcome Charley and Janet to Nome around July 20!
Community UMC | GCORR


We are sad to announce that Pastor Julie Elmore has been reappointed to Litchfield and Quincy United Methodist Churches in the West Michigan Conference effective July 1st.  She will be living with her husband and our former Co-Pastor David, in Litchield, MI.