Original Church Building

Original Church Building

 Obed Dickinson

Obed Dickinson

 

Ours is a Rich Heritage...

Our church was founded in 1852, and our first called pastor was the Reverend Obed Dickenson. His tenure was embroiled in controversy because of his so-called “negro sympathy.” He and his wife were abolitionists and openly welcomed African-Americans into the congregation by giving them the sacraments along with members of the congregation. The congregation struggled with the issue. He and the church were criticized harshly by the local pro-slavery newspaper, particularly after he performed the wedding of an African-American couple in an otherwise all-white Congregational church.

Despite recommendations from his own church council that he stop, he continued to preach about the sins of slavery. His wife was a school teacher, and she taught some African-American women to read and write. Eventually, the congregation came to accept his stance. Reverend Dickenson served as pastor until 1867. Reverend Dickenson’s open and affirming spirit stands as the foundation of our church’s passion for social justice to this day.