An Open & Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ

We are a group of dedicated individuals passionate about serving God.

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).


Come as you are.

We want you to come just as you are. When you walk through our doors, you may see people in suits and ties, but you will also see people in jeans and t-shirts. We want to make sure that when you visit, you are comfortable and feel loved and welcomed. If you ever need anything, always feel free to connect with us. We love to hear from our new visitors. 


We are united through Christ.

We believe in The Creator, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.

The unity we seek as the Body of Christ requires neither an uncritical acceptance of any point of view nor a rigid formulation of doctrine.


We believe God is the creator of the universe and giver of all that is good. God is the savior—known boldly and intimately in Jesus and his life, death, and resurrection—who shows us how to live and love. God is the Spirit who enables us to make a difference in our world and in the lives of others. We believe that grace is the love, honesty, and compassion that God gives and shows us in Jesus. It’s how Jesus saves us, heals us, sets us free, and increases our capacity for love. We believe that we need each other.


Whether single, married/partnered, divorced or widowed, it’s a lot easier to follow God with friends than it is by ourselves. We believe in the priesthood of all believers: All members are called to minister to others and to participate as equals in the common worship of God.


All are welcome.

Our Open & Affirming Covenant, Revised and Reaffirmed December 16, 2018:

"I give you a new comandment, that you love one another.

Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another."

-John 13:34


We confess that as individuals and as a congregation we have harmed LGBTQ+ people. We have inherited and perpetuated a culture that has done violence to those outside sexual and gender norms. We have chosen comfort over curiosity and surrendered God’s expectation of justice. As a church, we started on this journey two decades ago and we desire ongoing reconciliation.


We value and welcome a diverse congregation. Believing, as Genesis teaches, that each of us is created in God’s image, we welcome all of God’s creation into the ministries and sacraments of this church as we seek to grow together in a safe and nurturing community of faith.

We reaffirm our original open and affirming commitment of 2005 by:

·        Challenging theologies, beliefs, and doctrines that oppress or exclude anyone of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression,

·        Encouraging all people to participate fully in our community of faith,

·        Designing church systems and structures as safe places that include every person in the full life of the church, and

·        Boldly promoting justice and inclusion in the community.

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We walk with each other on our personal journeys, encouraging authentic lives and celebrating the diversity and beauty of God’s creation. We continue to learn and deepen relationships, so we can fully participate in God’s care and concern for our LGBTQ+ members, friends, and families, and better promote inclusive practices. We will annually affirm and extend our covenant as we journey together and follow faithfully where the Spirit leads us.


Get to know us!

Rev. Mia White

Senior Pastor

Rev. Mia Garnette White began serving as our Senior Minister in January 2021. She came to us from the Penn Northeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, where she was the second African American woman to be ordained in that conference. Rev. White graduated from Moravian Seminary (2010 and 2018) with the degrees of Master of Divinity with a concentration in Formative Spirituality and Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Her undergraduate degree is from Cedar Crest College (1991, Bachelor of Arts). In May 2022 Rev. White completed her Spiritual Director certificate program and is now a Certified Spiritual Director. Rev. White is an avid and constant learner with training in Church Family Systems and New Church Models. Prior to pursuing her call to the ministry, Rev. White worked for the criminal justice system for over 20 years. 


Rev. White has been married for 35 years to her husband Joe. They have 3 adult children together named Broc, Ebonee, and Sable, and one granddaughter named Wynter Rose. Rev. White enjoys ministry, basketball, reading, and Netflix.

Emily Stokes children's Christian education minister at family friendly church in Clayton, Mo

Emily Stokes

Minister of Children & Families

Emily attended the University of Evansville and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with a minor in Art. She received her Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Eden Theological Seminary in 2016. Emily is currently serving as the Central Regional Representative on the board of the Association of United Church Educators. She also facilitates the local chapter of AUCE in an effort to encourage networking, resourcing, and collegial support of local Christian educators. 


Emily loves to travel, is an avid movie watcher, and enjoys crafts of all sorts. She finds joy in spending time with her family and friends. She has been a member of Bel Canto, a women’s ensemble, since 2010.

Hannah Rice

Minister of Administration

and Membership

Hannah first served First Congregational Church as the Interim Minister of Faith Development for Children and Youth from 2012-2015, and then returned in August 2015 as the Minister of Administration and Membership.


Hannah graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with a BA in Communication and a minor in Religious Studies. She then spent three years in the Master of Divinity program at Eden Theological Seminary, graduating in 2012. She grew up in the United Methodist Church, but became a member of FCC in 2015. She has been a member of the Committee on Ministry: Preparation for the St. Louis Association of the UCC since 2016. In 2017 Hannah became a member of the First Congregational Preschool board, and in 2018 began serving as the board president. As a lover of music, Hannah plays in the FCC handbell choir and occasionally sings for worship. She has also sung with a local women's choir, Bel Canto, since its founding in 2010. Hannah loves crafting, reading, Netflix, and snuggling with her dogs Marco and Polo. 

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We are United Church of Christ.

The United Church of Christ came into being in 1957 with the union of two Protestant denominations: the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches. First Congregational Church of St. Louis was founded as an abolitionist church in 1852 under the leadership of Dr. Truman Marcellus Post. In 1969 the congregation voted to officially affiliate with the United Church of Christ (UCC). The UCC is a church of many "firsts." We took early stands against slavery and were the first denomination to ordain an African American, a woman, and an openly gay minister. The UCC has taken bold stances for civil rights and marriage equality. Today, the UCC extends an extravagant welcome to all of God's people.


We are congregational.

In the United Church of Christ, each congregation is self-governing and self-supporting.

Members of each congregation covenant with one another and with God. These congregations, in turn, exist in covenantal relationships with one another to form the UCC. First Congregational Church is governed by a Council of 12-15 church members, which includes the Executive Team (moderator, vice-moderator, treasurer, and clerk), the chairs of each of our Ministry Teams, and members-at-large. Our Ministry Teams are Membership & Fellowship, Mission & Outreach, Stewardship & Administration, and Worship & Education. The members of our Council and Ministry Teams are voted on at our Annual Meeting by congregation members.   


To Know God's Word,

Do God's Work,

Live God's Love


To be a beacon of faith, compassion, and justice for St. Louis, the wider community, and beyond.


Community & Fellowship

We are a Christian community where all can and do participate. Grounded in God’s love, we nurture one another.

Open Minds & Hearts

We are all God's children, and we accept and affirm our differences. God loves each of us unconditionally, and we reflect that love in our openness to others.

Shared Worship

Creative, participatory, and expressive worship helps us encounter God and binds us together into the Body of Christ. The Spirit is at work through music, the Word, and celebration of our life together.

A Thinking Faith

Young and old, we are all growing in our Christian formation. Inquiry and dialogue draw us to God and open us to the change needed in ourselves and the world.

Mission & Service

We are called to do God's work of justice and peace. We seek to serve others as Jesus served, and to be transformed by the encounter.