The First Congregational Church of Benzonia, United Church of Christ, was organized in the summer of 1860. Founded by the first settlers of Benzonia. Church goers met at the home of the founder of the community for the first two years. The church was formed upon the general plan of Oberlin Colony and College, with the purpose of starting a Christian colony and college in northern Michigan.
The original church building was built in 1863, just around the corner on Traverse Avenue. As the church grew so did the building with many additions. By 1965 we had outgrown the building. In 1966 plans were made for the construction of the present church building. In 1968 this building was completed, dedicated, and full of vibrant caring people.
As we continued to care for our first home, it was deeded to Benzie County Historical Society in 1970, becoming their home.
Originally built as a Congregational Church, in 1961, the church approved the constitution of the United Church of Christ.
As a part of the United Church of Christ, we try our best to fulfil our call to Three Great Loves: Love of Creation, Love of Neighbor, and Love of Children, and live by John 17:21, “That they may all be one”. Not one in uniformity, but one in love with each other.