Progressive pastor now leading one of

Colorado Springs' oldest churches

January 18, 2018

The Gazette, Colorado Springs

She sports a nose ring and tattoos. She preaches about "courageous doubt." One year ago today, she led a group of Ohio women in the Women's March on Washington, D.C...

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Reverend Heather Haginduff

Reverend Heather Haginduff began her call as Lead Minister of First Congregational Church of Colorado Springs on January 1, 2018. 

We welcome her with open arms!

New Lead Minister Called...


On Sunday, October 15, the members of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ of Colorado Springs voted overwhelmingly to call the Rev. Heather Lee Haginduff as the church’s next Lead Minister, effective January 1, 2018.

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Lead Minister Search Process

With a balance of thoughtful discernment and a sense of urgency, the Search Committee will listen for God's guidance as we find our next lead minister.

  • build and install a search committee

    The Church Council selects a representative group of members to serve on the search committee, and the Congregation blesses them.


  • Create church profile

    We engage the Congregation to give input for the extensive profile about who we are, and who we seek.


  • consider all candidates

    The Search Committee receives all applications that have been submitted, and may request additional information as needed. 


  • select possible candidates

    The Search Committee identifies candidates to interview, and may begin initial conversations with possible candidates.


  • interview finalists

    The Search Committee conducts in-person interviews with several finalists, and may also see them preach elsewhere.


  • recommend a candidate

    The Search Committee puts forward one final candidate, who will preach in our church and spend time getting to know our Congregation.


  • congregational vote

    Following the candidate’s visit, the Congregation votes on whether to formalize the hire of the candidate.

  • installation

    We officially welcome our new lead minister to our Congregation and community, and celebrate the conclusion of the search process!

Our Search Committee

Please keep our Search Committee in your prayers as, with God’s grace and guidance, they help shape the future of our beloved First Congregational United Church of Christ. 

Jan Johnson, Co-Chair

Jill Robinson, Co-Chair

Dave Babin

Jessica Gemm

Wil Green

Deidre Schoolcraft

Casey Scott

Sid Shelton

Polly Strovink