First Congregational United Church of Christ, Downers Grove

An United Church of Christ church in Downers Grove, IL
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Downers Grove

Who We Are

First Congregational UCC is an Open and Affirming congregation in the United Church of Christ. The church was begun as a pipeline for the underground railroad during Civil War times. Social conscious Christians came together and through their common actions and hopes in Christ formed a church here in Downers Grove. We are proud of our past, but also excited for our future. Come see a different kind of church- one where all God's children are affirmed as being made in the image of the divine, where toegther we journey in faith, growing together and engaging in ministry beyond our walls.

About Us

Downtown, Casual, Traditional Liturgy, Down to Earth, Spirit-filled, Inclusive, Gay affirming, Progressive, Friendly, Multigenerational, Lively

Community Service, Social Justice, Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Yoga/Meditation, Dance, Nursery, Adult Education, Preschool

Praise and Worship, Traditional Hymns, Contemporary, Rock-n-roll

United Church of Christ




Plan Your Visit



1047 Curtiss St
Downers Grove, IL 60515-4607

(630) 968-0358


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Our Services

What are services like?
On a given Sunday you will find relevant and Biblically centered preaching, ecletic music everything from Bach to Lady Gaga, Wesleyian hymns to Shawn McDonald and Sidewalk Prophets, and a congregation that is alive and active in the Holy Spirit.

What is the community like?
A fair mix of ages, coming both from within Downers Grove and it's surrounding communities. Blue and White collar mixed.

What if I'm not a Christian?
We'd love to have you come and visit with us. As I mentioned earlier, we belief that in life faith is a journey. We respect people of all faiths, while honoring and expressing our own walk in Christ. We are also actively involved in finding common ground with other faiths and ways that we can work together in the community.

Leadership View all

Scott Oberle

Pastor Scott comes to us in his 14th year of ministry. Ordained at Duke divinity school with a Masters in Biblical Study. Pastor Scott is a self described "spiritual mutt" growing up Roman Catholic, joining the UCC, and going to a United Methodist Seminary. He has a strong passion for mission and outreach and has led over 48 mission trips around the country and around the globe. He enjoys reading, sports, and most of all spending time with his family.

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