First Congregational Church of West Haven

We are a group of dedicated individuals passionate about serving the Lord.

The First Congregational Church of West Haven, a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), is a passionate community that puts the teachings of Jesus into action in our modern world.  Our church is one of 5,000 churches, which consist of nearly one million members across the United States. The First Congregational Church of West Haven serves God in the co-creation of a just, peaceful, and sustainable world.


We are united through Christ

We believe in The Creator, The Christ, and The Holy Spirit.

God is the creator of the universe and giver of all that is good. God is the savior—known boldly and intimately in Jesus and his life, death, and resurrection—who shows us how to live and love.  God is the Spirit who enables us to make a difference in our world and in the lives of others.  We believe that grace is the love, honesty, and compassion that God gives and shows us in Jesus.  It’s how Jesus saves us, heals us, sets us free, and increases our capacity for love.  We believe that we need each other.  Whether single, married/partnered, divorced or widowed, it’s a lot easier to follow God with friends than it is by ourselves.




We are here for you

We believe in the triune God

Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.

Each person is on a spritiual journey

We believe each of us is at a different stage of that journey.

Each person is unique and valuable

It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.

We believe in the power of peace

We believe in the power of peace, and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.


Come as you are!

We want you to come just as you are.  When you walk through our doors you may see people in suits and ties, and you will also see people in jeans and t-shirts.  We want to make sure when you visit you are comfortable, and that is all that matters to us. As long you come through our doors, we want to make sure you feel welcomed.  If you ever need anything, always feel free to connect with us. We love to hear from those who are new here. 


Get to know our leaders!

Reverend E. Carl Howard

Welcome!  I am the senior pastor of The First Congregational Church of West Haven, member of United Church of Christ.

Kirsten Vargo

Welcome! I am excited to be working as the Interim Director of Christian Education!