JOHN D. LOUCKS plotted the town of Sheridan, Wyoming in 1882, first mayor in 1884, and was the first Sunday School Superintendent of our church.
Moving from a homested ministry, First Congregational built its first building in 1892. It was erected where the Sheridan Courthouse now stands.
Our church is right in the middle. Original wood structure sat where the courthouse is, and was moved to our current location on W. Works. Replaced with current brick building in 1911.
Our current brick building was built in 1911. Shortly thereafter, the church received a donation from Andrew Carnegie for our magnificent Hutchings Organ. It is still played today!
In 2019, our church was selected by Partners for Sacred Places as a valuable asset to our nation, not only for its history, but for our community work. Selected as the first National Sacred Place in Wyoming, our church was able to raise matching funds in order to make the church more accessible. In addition, the church was renovated, bringing it back to its historical magnificence.
The church continues to thrive. In 2021 we became an Open & Affirming Church, affirming our welcoming of our LGBTQ+ neighbors. We also made a commitment to operate as a "Green" church within our awareness of Climate Change. With the help of God, our Creator, and Jesus, as our example, we strive to help our neighbors, love one another, educate ourselves about matters of social justice, and do all things in the name of Christ.