Timeline of First Congregational United Church of Christ - Washington DC

Facilities/ Church Buildings

"First Church" Building

5/5/1868 - 6/28/1959

"Middle Church" Building

4/16/1961 - 1/21/2007

"New Church" Building

1/8/2012 - Present

Pastors

Rev. Dr. Charles B. Boynton

1865 - 1869

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Rankin

1869 - 1884

Rev. Dr. Sephen W. Newman

1886 - 1906

Rev. Dr. Samuel Woodrow

1907 - 1913

Rev. Dr. Jay Stocking

1914 - 1915

Rev. Dr. James Gordon

1916 - 1919

Rev. Dr. Jason Pierce

1920 - 1930

Rev. Dr. Allen Stockdale

1931 - 1935

Rev. Dr. Howard Anderson

1936 - 1947

Rev. Dr. Carl Kopf

1947 - 1958

Rev. David Colwell

1960 - 1967

Rev. Dr. Howard Anderson

1967 - 1970

Rev. Dr. Oliver Powell

1970 - 1984

Rev. John Mack

1984 - 2007

Rev. Doug Clark

2007 - 2009

Rev. Peter Dennebaum

2009 - 2011

Rev. Dr. Sidney Fowler

2011 - 2016

Major Events

Formation of U.S. Christian Commission

1861

Committee visited with U.S. President

10/23/1865

First Service

11/12/1865

107 members

Opening of Howard University

5/1/1867

First Service at the 10th & G Site

5/5/1868

Division within Church

4/22/1869

Period of Major Growth

1907 - 1919

990 members to 1190

President and First Lady Coolidge's Membership

1920 - 1924

Tough Time for the Congregation

1935 - 1936

Crisis in Church

1953

Congregation rejects the motion of relocation

1956

Congregation voted to become of the United Church of Christ

11/9/1960

Congregation joins the "Mission to the Central City"

11/1962

Forty Members participate in March on Washington

8/28/1963

Task Force to Study the Nature of Our Christian Presence in the Inner City in 1980

9/1/1970

Martin Luther King Jr. Library was dedicated

1972

Congregation joined the "Downtown Cluster of Congregations"

1973

Dinner Program for Homeless Women

1979 - 2009

Inclusive Language Task Force

1980 - 1985

Change worship time from 10 to 10:30

1981

Congregation become a "Just Peace Local Church"

1985

Congregation become at "Open and Affirming Church"

1987

Washington Interfaith Network was founded

1996

Renaissance of Downtown Neighborhood around Church

1997 - 1999

Established relationship with the Institute of Islamic Turkish Studies

2001

Congregation become a "Multiracial Multicultural Church"

2003

Provided a "Free" venue for Same Sex Weddings

2013

Won the Vision Award from the Committee of 100

6/2013

Provided space for the Ford's Theater during the Government Shutdown

10/2013

Congregation celebrates its Sesquicentennial Year

2015

Congregations that were founded/supported by First Church

Establishment of People's Congregational Church

1891

Establishment of Ingram Congregational Church

1907

Discussion of Merger with Grace Church

1953

LGBTQ Metropolitan Community Church start worshipping at First Church

1973