How are We Different?
The United Church of Christ is a progressive Christian denomination proud to have embraced so many “first” throughout our history as Evangelical, Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches.
- 1785 | First African American pastor, Lemuel Haynes, ordained.
- 1853 | First female pastor, Antoinette Brown, ordained.
- 1972 | First openly gay minister, William R. Johnson, ordained.
- 1976 | First African American leader, Joseph H. Evans, elected.
- 2005 | Marriage equality affirmed as UCC value.
We are a faith community of 73 United Church of Christ congregations in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming who support and nurture one another in local and wider ministry and mission. The United Church of Christ is an open and welcoming denomination of 5,000 churches and nearly 900,000 members that proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ, celebrates diversity, honors the gifts of all people, and seeks justice and peace for everyone.
We empower our congregations to build new partnerships and ministries within their communities.
The Rocky Mountain Conference:
- Supports 73 churches in the Rocky Mountain region
- Connects over 10,200 UCC congregants
- Unites churches in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah
- Engages over 500 youth in Outdoor Ministry each year