Church of Christ at Dartmouth College

Church of Christ at Dartmouth College

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The church was gathered in 1771 by the Reverend Eleazar Wheelock who had founded Dartmouth College less than two years before. In the tradition of many churches in Colonial America Wheelock was simultaneously president of Dartmouth College and pastor of the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College. The first members of the church were students and faculty from the college. In Wheelock's words the founding of the church "was kept as a day of solemn fasting and prayer on which I gathered a church in this college and school which consisted of twenty-seven members." When the church was gathered in 1771 we were a Congregational church. Shortly thereafter it became a Presbyterian church for a period of approximately 30 years. It became a Congregational church again until 1957 when a unanimous vote of the membership declared it to be a member congregation of the newly formed United Church of Christ.(Source: http://www.ccdc-ucc.org/aboutus.html)
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