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Welcome to First Congregational Church of Rochester, Wisconsin

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them"

Matthew 18:20

Established in 1840, this is a small-town Congregational Christian Church. As such, it is autonomous and complete and therefore responsible to no other authority than that of Jesus Christ. All church members are spiritually equal and called to the work of ministry. Members share a belief that the Bible is fully sufficient as their guide in matters of faith and practice. Members of this church also share a belief in the power of prayer, the value of fellowship and the importance of outreach.


Worship Hour Sundays at 9:30 am (summer hours)

Sunday services will be outside during summer when the weather is good.

You can also watch live on Facebook. Look for a post each week shortly before the service with a "GoPro Live Stream" link.

To watch the July 31, 2022 Worship Hour, click here.

Sunday School and Choir are on summer vacation, but will resume in September.


Stay Informed

Weekly Bulletin

August 14, 2022

Monthly Newsletter

August 2022

Annual Report

January 2022


Our Pastor

Reverend Paul Ray

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Rev. Ray is a spiritual leader and teacher. We are so thankful to call him our Pastor.

Rev. Ray, a Wisconsin native, has been the Pastor of First Congregational Church of Rochester since December 5, 2006. Before coming to Rochester, he served in churches in south central Wisconsin and Cape Cod.

Throughout the pandemic, he demonstrated his dedication by holding services on Zoom or outside when the weather permitted and publishing weekly audio sermons. When we couldn't be together in-person, he did whatever it took to keep our church open so our church family could come together in prayer, song, worship and fellowship.