The members of First Congregational Church (FCC) of Houston, a part of the United Church of Christ, have called the Rev. Jonathan C. Page to be their new senior minister and to continue the church’s long tradition of progressive Christian ministry in Houston.
FCC selected Page, a Harvard-educated minister, scholar and author, after a year-long search process, which focused on renewing the church’s position as a community leader on issues of faith, social justice and peace.
“First Congregational Church of Houston has an impressive record of leadership among progressive churches in the Houston area,” said Page, who begins Sunday, Aug. 30. “Given the changing landscape of American Christianity and the continued growth of Houston, FCC is well poised to thrive in the years ahead. People are hungry for a church that rejects biblical literalism, affirms the compatibility of science and religion, welcomes LGBT Christians, and has a passion for social justice. I am excited to see what God has in store for FCC and blessed to be a part of their journey.”
Page was most recently the senior minister at United Church of Christ-Congregational in Ames, Iowa. Before that, he was Assistant Minister at Harvard University’s Memorial Church and a chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital. With a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a Master’s of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, he has also published extensively, having been a columnist for The Ames Tribune and AccessLine, a publication for the LGBT community in Iowa. He recently completed his second book, a novel focused on Christian faith and set in the Niger Delta.
“Jon shares the vision which FCC was founded upon: No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome,” said Tom O’Neill, FCC’s moderator. “He also shares our passion for mission work and for challenging conventional notions of Christian belief. We’re excited that he is joining us, and we look forward to what’s ahead for our congregation and for this community.”