About Us

Open and Affirming

Our Open & Affirming Welcome Statement

Our Staff

 Rev. Thandiwe




Thandiwe (pronounced tun-DEE-way) came to First Congregational Church in November, 2018.  Her work experience is varied and has always centered around learning how to love God, neighbor and self more authentically, inclusively and expansively. After all, God's got room for ALL of us!  


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Nikki Glantz


Music Minister


Nikki has been with the church since 2010. Her experience with music is wide and varied, including pianist, piano accompanist and choir  director.  


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Staci Hennings


Office Administrator


Staci joined the staff of First Congregational Church as the Administrative Assistant in 2011. Staci's favorite part of her work is the people -- all of us! And anytime you call our church or walk into the church office, you will know that instantly!


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Who We Are

Our Mission

Our mission is to bind together followers of Jesus Christ for the purpose of sharing in the worship of God and in making God's will dominant in the lives of humankind, especially as that will is set forth in the life, teachings, death and living presence of  Jesus Christ while promoting the advancement of Christ's cause and kingdom in all the earth.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be an inclusive, vibrant, witnessing community of faith.

Our Values

We hold our Core Values close to us. Everything we do is based off of these core values:

Extravagant Welcome

Lifelong Journey

Engaging the World

Ministry of all Believers

Authentic Community

Our History

Small Beginnings

1901  The First German Congregational Church was organized. 

1903  The first building occupied by the congregation was built. 

1915  The present structure was built.  

1958  The congregation began worshipping in English as well as German.

1974  First Congregational Church became a United Church of Christ.

2014  The congregation hired their first settled female solo pastor. 

2021  First Congregational Church became an Open and Affirming congregation.