Faith United Church of Christ is the result of a merger of two congregations, First Congregational Church and St. Paul's Community Church, bringing together the religious heritage of a former Congregational Christian Church and a former Evangelical and Reformed Church.
It was through the efforts of a graduate of Talledga College, Mrs. Matietta Ish, that First Union Congregational Church (later known as First Congregational Church) was established in Little Rock by the American Missionary Association in 1881. After the Civil War the American Missionary Association (the missionary arm of the Congregational Church) established many schools in the south to educate the newly freed slaves.
St. Pual's Community Church began as a German Evangelical Church in 1891 known as "Deutsche Evangelische St. Paul's Gemeinde" with the Rev C.F. Stoerker s the first pastor. Services were conducted in German until 1925.
Faith United Church of Christ came together to worship for the first time on Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001, to rejoice in the resurrection of Christ and for the Service of Uniting. Rev. Denise Hill, Assoiciate Conference Minister, was the guest preacher and officiating minister. The two former pastors, Rev. Leroy James and Rev. Dan R. Thornhill, became Co-Pastors for Faith United Church of Christ. Rev. Dr. James Zini became the Associate Pastor.
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a mainline Protestant denomination which came into being in 1957 with the merger of two denominations: the Congregational Christian churches, which trace their religious heritage as far back as the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation (1620), and the Evangelical and Reformed Church, a union of German Lutheran and Reformed bodies, which date back to congregations founded in Pennsylvania in 1725.
We believe that God calls us to "Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God." (Micah 6:8) Seeking to be faithful individually and collectively to God's will as it is revealed to us, we strive to be a church that is:
- A place where worship is spiritually nurturing and intellectually challenging;
- Open to all people because we believe that our differences, as well as our common affirmations, strengthen us as a caring community of faith;
- Appreciative of tradition, but committed to faith that is contemporary and vital;
- A community in which each participant plays an active role in our shared life and ministry;
- Actively a part of the worldwide Body of Christ, through participation in the United Church of Christ and its ecumenical partners everywhere; and
- A catalyst for personal and collective involvement in God's work of mercy, love, and justice in our community and the world.
We are Open and Affirming
In our ongoing quest for hearts that open, minds that understand, and lives that serve, we welcome into our fellowship, membership, leadership, and employment, all people, regardless of abilities, race, gender, sexual orientation or expression, or any God-given characteristic.
"Never place a period where God has placed a comma." ~Gracie Allen