Who We Are

Our History

Is a local congregation of a nation-wide Protestant communion called the United Church of Christ.  Denominational headquarters are in Cleveland, Ohio.  We are “in covenant” with the UCC through a 24-church association called the Chesapeake Association, which oversees clergy certification and conduct, enables cooperative ministry and mission, and sustains us in a fellowship larger than the local church.  The Chesapeake Association is one of five associations that make up the Central Atlantic Conference, with headquarters in Catonsville, Maryland.  Our conference minister is the Rev. Dr. John Deckenback; and the associate conference minister assigned to the Chesapeake Association is the Rev. Jim Bell. 

The UCC is related to 20 colleges and universities, and 6 theological seminaries, including Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.  We are  also affiliated with 13 primary and acute care health care services, 22 services to disabled persons, 33 ministries to children youth and families, and 275 retirement and long-term-care facilities.  The UCC has historic ethnic ministries including those to Native Americans, African Americans, and Latino Americans.  The United Church of Christ was the first denomination in America to ordain women, and the first mainline denomination to ordain openly gay persons.  The UCC is widely known and respected for its social action ministries since colonial times, including taking the lead in the litigation that freed the slaves on the slave ship Amistad.  The United Church numbers among its members the majority of that ethnic community known as the “Pennsylvania Dutch,” as well as the “Yankee” heritage of the Pilgrims. 

Leadership & Staff

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