First Church Congregational dates to 1639 when the town of Fairfield was settled.
The church's current home at…More 148 Beach Road, across from Old Town Hall, was built in 1892 and is the sixth meeting house of the church to occupy that property. The current church building was built after the previous church building was destroyed, apparently by an arsonist, on the night before Memorial Day in 1890.
The Rev. David W. Spollett, First Church's pastor, was among religious leaders in Fairfield to prompt former First Selectman Jacquelyn C. Durrell to establish Operation Hope, an agency on Nichols Street, next to the Fairfield Police Department, that helps the homeless in 1986.
Church members recently have been involved in developing elderly housing, volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, Literacy Volunteers and Project Learn, a homework help program, interfaith trips to Israel, continuing a sister church relationship with Walters AME Zion Church in Bridgeport, Holocaust studies, refugee resettlement, affordable housing and service trips to Appalachia.
First Church Congregational says its mission is to be mindful of the rich tradition of its Puritan heritage, aware of the need to move through the world as humble seekers after truth, and strong in its commitment to God's love and justice.