OUR STORY

Who We Are

OUR LEGACY

First Congregational Church has a rich history that started over 175 years ago in Toledo, Ohio. As a Congregational Church, we recognize the Bible as the source of faith and the practice of Christianity. It holds that living in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ is the true test of fellowship.

 

Whether you are searching for a church home or visiting the Toledo area there's a place for you at FCC. We want to help you connect with the gospel of Jesus and His people here.

OUR HISTORIC CAMPUS

THE EARLY DAYS

Founded in 1833, the church is the oldest congregation organized within Toledo’s original boundaries. From 1844 to 1913, the church occupied a succession of three meeting houses on St. Clair Street in what is now Downtown Toledo. In 1913, First Church merged with Central Congregational Church.

 

The pews and eight Tiffany stained glass windows from the 1878 church were incorporated into Collingwood Meeting House which was dedicated in 1916.

 

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

Louis Comfort Tiffany

VISUAL SPLENDOR

One of the many historic treasures to be found in Toledo is the collection of stained glass windows belonging to the Early Renaissance-inspired First Congregational Church. The renowned artist Louis Comfort Tiffany designed many of the windows in the church, windows that are as stirring for their visual splendor as for their spiritually-based themes.

OUR MINISTRIES

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CHILDREN AND STUDENTS

The Student Ministry, also known as C.I.A. (Christians In Action) meets every Sunday morning during the message portion of the Sunday service.

 

Various events, service projects and mission trips are planned throughout the year.

 

C.I.A. is open to students in Junior High and High school.

 

ADULTS

For adults, we have various Sunday School and Bible Study classes that take place on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday evenings.

 

Adult ministries also include Worship Team and Choir, the Drama ministry, Diaconate, Small Groups (Branches) and Women's Fellowship.

 

If you would like more information about any of our ministries please use the contact form below and someone will contact you asap.

 

OUR TEAM

Pastor, Staff and Leadership

LARRY VRIEZELAAR - SR. PASTOR

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SHELBY STURT - DIR. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

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BOB DURIS - ORGANIST/PRAISE TEAM LEADER

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TERESA MORGAN - CHOIR DIRECTOR

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