History Overview

Our church has a rich history. This spans nearly one hundred and twenty five years. The First Congregational United Church of Christ has been part of the Platteville community for almost as long as there has been a Platteville community. Platteville was settled in 1835 by miners seeking lead and zinc. Our congregation was organized in 1839. Our sanctuary is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

We’ve always been an socially active church working toward peace and justice. The first resolution adopted by our congregation was to condemn slavery. We welcomed a woman preacher, Mrs. Sarah Buck, to speak from our pulpit in 1886. A few years ago, we voted to become an Open and Affirming congregation, which means we embrace persons of differing age, gender, marital status, mental and physical abilities, sexual orientation and ethnic, faith, racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Our theology tends toward liberal Protestantism and we welcome into our fellowship all that seek Jesus Christ in their lives.

Members of the First Congregational UCC participate fully in the life of Platteville, its food pantry and various charities and in the life of the university. We are known as a “music church” with a fine choir and a full pipe organ, built in 1923 and reconditioned a few years ago. We have many active ministries detailed elsewhere on this web site and we invite you to participate in our life in any way you find meaningful.

Our church also contains a rich musical tradition.

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