First Church Mission

Everything we are and do is centered on Jesus Christ. We seek to share the life-giving news of God’s salvation by inviting others into a vital relationship with Jesus Christ. We want to help one another become well-acquainted with God’s Book, the Bible.

Sunday Morning Sunday School

We have two Sunday School hours (9:15 and 10:45 a.m.). All of us (children, youth, and adults) begin the hour in the sanctuary with worship. In the early part of the service, the children will be dismissed for Sunday School. Our Sunday School this year (Sept – May) will be organized according to six-week long themes, multiple learning stations/activities, and age-appropriate groups. 

Membership at First Church

Everyone is welcome to participate in the life and ministry of First Church – whether members of not. Those who desire to deepen their relationship with this community of faith are invited to take part in one of the several membership orientation groups held each year.

First Church Leadership

Who Leads First Church of Crystal Lake?
A LOT of us….!

Here’s a listing of our decision-making teams
The majority of these teams are comprised of First Church members and participants who have been contacted by the Nominations and Leadership Development Team, recommended to the annual congregational meeting (Church Conference) for their particular leadership position and then elected by the annual congregational meeting.


In February 1836, Beman Crandall stopped his covered wagon somewhere in Crystal Lake, declared, “It is good. Let us stay here,” and thus became our town’s first settler. Not long after, George Stickney, Christopher Walkup, Uriah Cottle, and A.W. Beardsley came to what is now Nunda Township (the area generally north of the present Crystal Lake Ave., and East of Walkup), pronounced - Nun-day, and became instrumental in establishing the community’s first church, which was known as the Virginia Church.