Pastors Howard & Laura


Pastors Howard & Laura Cassidy-Moffatt come to historic First Congregational Church to help people see the need for a vital, life-changing connection with Jesus Christ.  Jesus, who is “the way, the truth, and the life,” not only has the answers to life’s most enduring questions, He wants to adopt us into the Family of God that we may have “life to the full.”  Howard & Laura have pastored churches in Texas, Colorado, Kansas, and Massachusetts.  Additionally, they have served on the faculty of several institutions of higher education including Bethel Seminary, Emerson College, South University, and Lasell College.  Howard also served as Director of the Christian Ministries Program for Tabor College Wichita.  While Pastor Laura has also served as a Christian Elementary School Teacher.  The pastors' passions are preaching and teaching the Bible and enabling other Christians to find their place of service in the Family of God.  Just to note that Pastor Howard is a little whacky but he’s only had one congregation actually do the Hokey Pokey in worship (so far).  Thankfully, Pastor Laura keeps him anchored to reality (as much as she can).   

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At First Congregational Church our Mission is to help Grow the Family of God.  We lean into Jesus who leads us to Worship & Grow, Serve & Go.

The church has been integral to the community of Emporia since 1857.  And, while the church celebrates a long history of mission in Emporia and around the world, we seek to honor God's call for this Century.

Our Worship is focused on inviting people into the presence of God.

Our mission leads us to feed the hungry--in both body and spirit so that we all may Grow in our knowledge of Jesus and act on His Word--the Bible.

We want to Serve the community such that the Name of Jesus and His work to save us and grow us is crystal clear.  That Name empowers us to Go and share the Good News of the Gospel.

We are affiliated with like-minded Congregational Christians in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (4Cs) and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.

See the "Knowing Jesus" page for more information about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.