Pastors

There have been many pastors at First Congregational since its founding in 1839.

Name Years
Rev. Aratus Kent 1839 Founder
Rev. Albert Hale 1839 Founder
Rev. Solomon Chaffee 1840 – 1841 First Pastor
Rev. Alvin M. Dixon 1841 – 1842
Rev. Ebenezer Bradford 1842 – 1844
Rev. Jedediah D. Stevens 1844 – 1847
Rev. John Lewis 1847 – 1860
Rev. Jeremiah Evarts 1861 – 1871
Rev. Alfred Perry Johnson 1870 – 1886
Rev. Homer Wright Carter 1886 – 1892 1889 – 50th anniversary
Rev. Charles A. Wright 1893 – 1900
Rev. William H. Short 1900 – 1902
Rev. Victor E. Brown 1902 – 1907
Rev. William A Leary 1907 – 1914
Rev. Walter B. Denny 1914 – 1917
Rev. William Lodwick 1917 – 1923
Rev. Robert Merritt 1923 – 1939 1939 – Centennial
Rev. Victor H. Keiser 1940 – 1946
Rev. Wilson Emingholz 1949 – 1956
Rev. Keenan Sheldon 1957 – 1960
Rev. Richard Chartier 1960 – 1971
Rev. Gary Davis 1972 – 1978
Rev. Howard Bowman 1979 – 1988
Rev. Gwen Osuch (Interim) 1988 – 1990 1989 – Sesquicentennial
Rev. Joan Sulser 1990 – 1995
Rev. Susan Strickler 1997 – 2005
Rev. Larry Collins (Interim) 2005-2006
Rev. Catherine Carlson 2006 – 2012
Rev. Bill Wineke (Interim) 2012-2013
Rev. Zayna Thompson 2013-Present
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