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We Are the Church

We don’t just go to church. We are the church. We are the children of God called together by the Holy Spirit for the support and encouragement we need to continue our journeys of faith in the light of God’s everlasting love. Commitment, trust, openness, and sacrifice are the standards that guide our life together. Our long-term relationships are formed across age, socio-economic, and political boundaries. We care for one another as equally loved and worthy children of a generous and forgiving God.


We were raised Catholic, Baptist, Unitarian, Episcopalian, Congregational, and without any religious affiliation. As Congregational Christians, we covenant to  walk together as equal partners acknowledging Jesus Christ as the Head of our church. We believe the Holy Spirit works and speaks through each one of us, and so we discern God’s will through prayer and by listening to each other in committee and congregational meetings. We believe in liberty of conscience and freedom in scriptural interpretation. Decisions about the direction and governance of our church are made by us under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We call ministers and elect officers to serve and lead the church, but the work of being the church belongs to the congregation. 


We don’t just go to church. We are the church.


Meet our Interim

Reverend Julie Olmsted


Rev. Olmsted was raised in Missouri and baptized as a youth into the Church of Christ. She rejected religion in her twenties, only to pick it back up while attending a two-year interfaith seminary program in New York City, (where she studied acting and met her musician husband Jeff). Once she saw the beauty of other religions, a curious thing occurred. Rev. Julie realized how beautiful her own religion was, and re-embraced it. She found she was able to re-read Scripture in a new light of understanding. After ordination in December of ’91, Rev. Julie served as Dean of New Seminary for seven years. In 1999 she became Associate Pastor of United Church of Spring Valley, New York, completed the four-year Master of Divinity program at New York Theological Seminary, and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in November 2005. Since that time, she has served as pastor of UCC churches in Ohio, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Her book “Stepping onto the Invisible Bridge: Courage for every season of your faith journey” is a compilation of essays written for the Dayton Daily News. She loves preaching messages of universal love and possibility with passion and enthusiasm.

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