Pastor Christopher Simmons is filling in as our pulpit supply pastor on Sundays. He was born & raised in Wyoming.! He has 4 children: Caroline, Madeline, Jack and Andrew. Pastor Christopher received his bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy at the University of Sioux Falls. He is a few classes away from receiving his Masters degree in pastoral ministry and counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Christopher enjoys spending time with his children, reading running, playing an occasional game of MS Pac-Man and drinking lots of coffee.
For those who aren't familiar with our denomination, the Congregational Church merged with the Evangelical & Reformed church in 1957 to create the United Church of Christ, a new denomination committed to staying relevant to the modern world and being welcoming to diverse traditions and ways of thinking. Because of this merger, our church is both a congregational church and part of the United Church of Christ. We believe that the only head of the church is Jesus Christ, and therefore each church has the freedom and responsibility to follow where they feel God is calling them. We believe in working with other churches and faith groups, and that social justice is an important part of God's plan for us. One of my favorite UCC slogans is "Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not." Indeed, we take our Christian identity seriously, while still listening for what new things God may be saying in the 21st century.
In the UCC, we also like to say that "no matter who you are, and no matter where you are on Life's journey, you are welcome here." We won't require you to believe all the same things as everyone else. And even if you're not sure what you believe, here at First Congregational UCC of Glencoe we work hard to share God's welcome and the warmth of fellowship, so that we can keep exploring God's love together.