Member Testaments

Despite searching for 25 years, we found each church we visited too stiff, too regimented, too demanding, too conservative, or too large. When we found First Congregational, we knew it was different in a very good way. Each reason we hadn’t been able to settle on a church melted away.

Joanne and Tom Kimmell

When I retired to Hendersonville, I wanted to give something back after decades of focusing on myself. Participating in First Congregational's ministries, social justice groups, and volunteer efforts is giving me the opportunity to serve Jesus by serving others.

Nancy Keswani

I am grateful to belong to a church that donates 10% of its budget to charitable organizations and takes strong stands on social justice issues.

Robert Miles


I finally found a church in which my understanding of God has been stretched, my experience of God’s spirit enlarged. In this place I feel surrounded by folks who take Jesus’ message seriously. I am so grateful to be part of this loving community.

Charlotte Shipley


First Congregational is what my husband and I were looking for in a church community...a place to question, a place to reflect, and a place to take action. My children get to experience the support and love of an open and affirming community and are taught values not just literal biblical stories. As a couple in our 40s, many of our peers have left organized religion. First Congregational is a place where we can raise our children by modeling social justice, inclusion, environmental stewardship, and progressive Christianity.

Kirsten Cone


We joined First Congregational because its liberal perspective on social justice issues combined with the authentic love shared among its members was exactly what we were looking for in a spiritual community.

Joel and Anna Helfand


I came first to the Ashley Lecture Series and remember thinking any church that would have such interesting and challenging speakers must be special. So I came back to a service or two and went to a few Adult Forums. Consistently, I have been intellectually engaged by First Congregational's commitment to questioning, thinking, and life-long spiritual growth.

                                                                                                                                        Roger Smith


I am committed to this church because every single person is treated with great love and dignity. Differences are respected, and individual gifts are encouraged. It is a community where people are always challenged to walk the walk. It is a community where everyone is treated as a child of God, not only made by God but made of God.

Nolleen Kelly


In this church, I have found total acceptance – without question – without limitation. Through this unconditional love, I now know what Jesus – and his God – are all about.

Bal Goleman 

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