Restoration of 1st Congregational

On August 17, 2017, rain caused the facade on the front section of the First Congregational Church to collapse.  Your donation is needed to help with the Restoration of this historical building.  All donations raised will be used for the Restoration of the First Congregational Church of Detroit.


The First Congregational Church of Detroit was established on December 25, 1844.  The first two church buildings were near the Detroit River.  The church came to its present site in 1891. Today, the beautiful historic structure located at Forest and Woodward keeps the spirit of that original congregation alive.  In many ways, the congregation of is as unique as the Romanesque and Byzantine architecture of the building and stands firm in the belief that the Christian life is one of discovery and a dynamic process of growth in faith.

The congregation has a long and outstanding history in Detroit and its outreach ministries are as diverse as the multicultural congregation.  The First congregational Church of Detroit was a part of the Underground Railroad!  The Underground Railroad was one of the first civil rights movements in this country.  It involved people of European descent and African descent.  The story is important for the church because it is part of the history of this city.  It is part of the history of this country.  The Underground Railroad is not just African American history, and not just the history of the people of Detroit.  The history of the Underground Railroad is woven into the warp and woof of this country.  The story shows how God works through people to right injustices.  There is a strong commitment to preserving the church and its presence in Detroit for future generations.  Therefore, the First Congregational Church has begun an extensive project to restore the magnificent structure that has graced Detroit’s Woodward Avenue for over 125 years.

All funds will be used for the Restoration of the First Congregational Church of Detroit.  Thank you for your support!!!


For more information, please log onto the First Congregational Church of Detroit website at

The Historic First Congregational Church of Detroit is a 503(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible (to the extent permissible by law). Tax ID Number: 38-1404-585.


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