About Us – First Congregational Church

Dec 07 2013
  • We welcome all people of any age, gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, marital status, gender identity, or economic condition into our faith community.
  • We are a liberal congregation of believers who encourage free thought.
  • We believe that the teachings of Jesus are profound.
  • We believe that many doctrines, creeds, and dogmas have merit, yet do not choose one that represents all of us.
  • We believe that God is – not was – revealed through science, mystery, and personal epiphanies.

     We will not tell you what to believe. Whatever your path, we are open to your journey!

Reverend, William R. Greaver, III (Pastor Bill)
Pastor Bill grew up in Erskine, M.N., and graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, M.N., with Majors in Social Work and Psychology.  He attended the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and received a Masters of Divinity degree.  Ordained in the ELCA, he is currently a rostered clergy of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC).  In addition to being the called pastor at FCC since 2010, Pastor Bill is a Chaplain for Franciscan Health System (FHS) and carries out his ministry for them at Catholic Community Service’s – Homeless Adult Services (H.A.S.).  Through H.A.S. he serves the homeless community at the Hospitality Kitchen, Nativity House, and Tacoma Avenue Shelter.  Pastor Bill is also a Candidate Supervisor for the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.  As a  pastoral educator he supervises student intern and resident chaplains for FHS at St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Clare Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, St. Francis, St. Anthony, and the Hospice House.  He also supervises chaplains for H.A.S.Pastor Bill has worked extensively with some of the most marginalized people of our society.  While in Chicago and during his seminary training he worked extensively for Universal Family Connection’s, Agent Orange Class Assistance Program, where he counseled Vietnam Veterans who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and suffered from a whole range of chemical and psychological problems.  He also worked with the children who had birth defects due to their parents Agent Orange exposure.  As an associate member of the Vietnam Veterans of America he assisted over 1500 Vietnam Veterans in obtaining their benefits as a Service Representative, trained at the American Law University, Washington, D.C.   During this time he took Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Chicago’s Medical Center working with trauma victims, and was a part of the Rape and Abuse team.  His internship for his M.Div. was at First Lutheran Church of Pontiac, Illinois where he established a Barnabas Ministry which continues to this day.  Barnabas Ministry trains lay people to visit members of their church who are sick or shut-in, as lay ministers.Pastor Bill’s first call was to a two point parish in south-eastern Minnesota where he worked at two little country churches, Bear Lake Lutheran of Albert Lea, M.N., and St. Paul Lutheran of Conger, M.N.  During this time he worked as an Industrial Chaplain for Hudson Foods, Tyson Foods, and Schweigert Foods.  He further joined the United States Air Force Reserves.  He later moved to South Dakota, where he was employed at Zion Lutheran of Scotland, S.D., and St. Dysmas of South Dakota at the Mike Durfee State Prison.  During this time he also worked at the Yankton St. Prison, the Yankton Federal Prison (Federal Bureau of Prisons), the South Dakota State Penitentiary, and supervised chaplains at the Rapid City State Prison.Some of pastor Bill’s favorite subjects are:  Progressive, Post-Modern, Dialectic, Dialogic, Holistic, Systems, Spirituality, and Developmental.

He and his wife Sharon live in Tacoma, and they love spending time at Quinault, Washington.  He enjoys playing bass guitar, reading, and collecting books at Good Will.  His favorite authors are Deepak Chopra, Ken Wilber, Robert Kegan, Carl Jung, Wayne Dyer, Michael Beckwith, The Bible, the Tao, and Dave Kolb.   If you would like to contact Pastor Bill please click the button below.

“With open-minded witness to God’s spirit, we seek to nurture the hopes and relieve the hurts of those around us, reflecting Christ’s love in word and action.”

We are a Member Church of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.