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Our location:
7195 Simms St, Arvada CO 80004


What is the United Church of Christ?

The UCC is a united and uniting denomination, which came to be as a result of the 1957 merger of the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church. We have a strong tradition of acting on our faith through our work for social justice. The UCC is historically a church of firsts. A church of extravagant welcome.It was the first historically white denomi- nation to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry.  It was also in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.

In the UCC, the local church is the basic unit.  Each of the over 5100 congregations has autonomy, deciding how it will live out its ministry.  The local churches make up the associations (i.e., Metropolitan Denver) and the associations make up the conferences, (i.e., Rocky Mountain Conference), which form the General Synod with its Covenantal and Affiliated ministries.

To learn more about the tenets and origins of the National United Church of Christ (UCC), please visit the UCC website. To learn more about the United Church of Christ in the Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC), please visit the RMC website.

History of Our Congregation

In August 1961, a small group of worshippers met in the Grange Hall at the corner of 72nd Avenue and Simms Street in Arvada.

Thirty-two adults and eighteen children met for services in September of that year. The organizing group contracted with Robinson Lapp (a courageous minister on the front lines in Selma, Alabama) to become its first minister in December 1961. A church Covenant* was adopted and then seventy-two members were received into the United Church of Christ in 1963.

1965 - The year of our building.From that time the church has actively participated in community and social issues. Several dedicated and ordained clergy have shared and guided this focus, including: Robinson Lapp (1962-1967), Robert Kinsey (1967-1971), James Koob (1971-2000), Jack Wieczorek (2001-2006) and Karin Kilpatric (2000-Present).

We continue to be an active and welcoming congregation. We are people at all ages of life and all stages of our faith journey; supporting and caring for one another; worshiping, learning, working and playing together.

*Our 1961 Founding Covenant of Intention:  “Seeking unity in the fellowship of Christ’s church and confessing our need for the continuing guidance of the Holy Spirit, we covenant with God and with one another to walk together in God’s ways, known or to be made known, whatever this shall demand of us.”