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On June 5, 1852, in a one-room school in Green’s Village, eleven men and women gathered to consider organizing a Congregational Church. Denominational diversity could describe those early founders. Exactly how Congregationalism won the day is unclear because seven of the original eleven were Presbyterian, while the other four were Congregationalists.

_DSC9774From that eclectic gathering on a summer’s day, the First Congregational Church of Greenville began its ministry of Christian service to this now bustling western Michigan community. 

God has always found a way to provide the remarkable intersection of time, place, and personalities to build the Church of Jesus Christ. The right people at the right time gathered on that summer day in 1852 to birth a reality from the embryo of hope. The faith, vision, and perseverance of those few have shaped the lives of countless thousands over more than a century and a half.


Congregational Churches are sometimes known as the “Church of the Pilgrims” after the small congregations of the early 1600’s.  The people of these congregations moved from England to the new world in pursuit of religious freedom.  From them, we inherited a wonderful spiritual heritage, one that is uniquely suited to our contemporary world.This is a tradition that has deep convictions based upon the Word of God as each person interprets that Word according to the dictates of conscience, under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.  This naturally attracts men and women of genuine conviction, of adventurous faith, and of gracious regard for each other’s sincerity to the Congregational Christian fellowship.Since every Congregationalist possesses full liberty of conscience in interpreting the Gospel, we are a diverse group of people united under Christ.  We believe there is strength in diversity and by it, there are unending opportunities to learn from each other and to grow in faith.

The Art and Practice of the Congregational Way

For a fuller introduction to Congregationalism, you may read or download The Art and Practice of the Congregational Way.  Geared to introduce church members to Congregationalism, it is especially suitable for new member and confirmation classes, as well as church leaders.

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Our Pastors Who Have Served Us Well

C. Edward Milam                                                         Current

Jason Dillingham                                                              2017-2020

Ian W. Macdonald                                                            2014-2016

Mike Haefner Associate Pastor                                    2008-2013

Jerry Jones                                                                       1996-2014

Mary Ann Sheldon Associate Pastor                            1992-1993

Charlie Hall                                                                        1984-1994

William Donald, Interim                                                   1982-1983

Kermit W. Dancy                                                               1976-1982

Henry C. Schadeberg                                                       1971-1976

W.D. (Bill) Wood Retired, interim                                    1971

James P. Sherman                                                           1967-1971

Associate Pastor Earl F. Collins                                     1961-1969

Richard L. Ford                                                                 1954-1966

St. Clare Parsons                                                             1911-1953

James F. Halliday                                                            1906-1911

Anson B. Curtis                                                                1900-1906

Frank W. Hodgon                                                             1897-1899

Albert Marion Hyde                                                         1894-1897

Jay N. Taft                                                                        1890-1893

James L. Patten                                                              1866-1890

Charles Spooner                                                              1854-1865

Stephen N. Manning                                                       prior to 1852-1854


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