Rev. Timothy C. Ahrens is in his 15th year of ministry as Senior Minister of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in downtown Columbus. A church known for its witness to social justice since its birth as an abolitionist congregation in 1852, Rev. Ahrens is the fifth consecutive senior minister from Yale Divinity School and is a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ. Under his leadership, First Church has doubled in membership during an era when seven downtown churches have closed their doors.