Our History

Founded more than 180 years ago, First Congregational United Church of Christ was the first church in DeWitt, Iowa. We also believe that it was the first church in Clinton County, and we know that it was one of the first churches in the state of Iowa. It even predates the state of Iowa! When First Congregational United Church of Christ, this land was part of the Iowa Territory: the land of the Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), oθaakiiwaki‧hina‧ki (Sauk), Meškwahki·aša·hina (Fox), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, and Báxoje Máyaⁿ (Ioway).

This part of our website is constantly evolving as we learn more about our own history. Check back for updates as we add new pages and update existing ones!

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Founding a Church

On July 10, 1842, a group of Christians met at the courthouse in DeWitt to form a church, which they named the First Congregational Church of DeWitt.

Mabel Mannington

First Congregational United Church of Christ called our first woman pastor in 1918; before we were even part of the United Church of Christ!

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