No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,
you are welcome here.
Worship Sundays at 9 & 11 a.m.

Enter to Worship
Depart to Serve

These inscribed words on the facade above the front doors have welcomed members and visitors into our Church at 444 East Broad Street since 1931. Beginning as an abolitionist church in 1852, First Congregational Church, UCC, Columbus has always focused on two things; worship and social justice. This focus remains the same today.

Members and friends as a church family to worship and depart, ready to serve those in need in the community and beyond. First Church is a vibrant and active congregation, filled with compassionate people who “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God” every single day. 

First Congregational Church, UCC, Columbus is an open and affirming congregation that welcomes all people, regardless of who they are or where they are on their spiritual journey.  Join us for worship, spiritual growth, and friendship at both of our Sunday Morning Services, education events, and concerts.

We welcome you!

First Congregational Church is part of the Heartland Conference of the United Church of Christ and the United Church of Christ Central Southeast Ohio Association. With our UCC family, we seek to address injustice through the 3 Great Loves: Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation.

Watch Our Services

Sundays at 9 & 11 a.m.
Streaming on
YouTube & Facebook Live

The Rev. Dr. Tim Ahrens
Senior Minister
Rev. Joanna Samuelson
Designated Minister

News & Events

The 2024 Gladden Lecture

The Rev. Dr. Yvonne V. Delk
"Truth Telling: A Mission for the Church and Country in an Era of Afrophobia, Critical Race Theory, and Christian Nationalism"
Sunday, June 23, 4 p.m.

Calendar & Events

Latest News

Building & Grounds

First Church is an open and affirming congregation. As such, we open our doors to the community for meetings, dances, wedding receptions, rehearsals and music groups— provided the event or group does not oppose the basic tenet of the church’s constitution. First Church is a non-smoking environment.

Weddings at
First Church

First Congregational Church is a beautiful and sacred place for your wedding. The gothic sanctuary, with its towering ceilings, stained glass windows and rich wood carvings are awe-inspiring, yet surprisingly intimate. 

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