At First Congregational we like to say “our church is over 150 years old – our thinking is not.” In 1852, we hosted the Albany Congregational Convention which helped to establish the congregational denomination in the United States. Over the years, First Congregational broke new ground as the first church to be located outside the “safety” of downtown Albany and the first to host the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Now our church is continuing to break ground once again. In 2013, we began a dialogue with our friends at the First Israel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church to provide pulpit supply while we searched for a perminent minister. This relationship eventually developed into a "mission partnership." Today we have our own minister in the pulpit, but we continue to work with the AME church on a number of joint initiatives to establish, develop, and expand community projects within our city.
As we look towards the future, we are optimistic that our ongoing partnership with the AME church will continue to open new opportunities to spread God’s message and create a bright future.