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Pastor, Tom Cupka and family.


First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was established in March of 1902. In that year, Elder J.N. Wilson, a retired minister called the scattered Disciples of Dekalb Co. to a hall on East 7th Street, just above the old Post Office. At this meeting an organization was formed that eventually became the Church of Christ, with Wilson serving as preacher for 3 years. By 1906, this organization began to grow, with revivals being held that attracted many converts. On September 2, 1906, a new building was dedicated on a property located at 13th and Jackson Streets in Auburn. This building was made possible in part by generous donations from charter members and with the help of the Church Building Fund, what is now called the Board of Church Extensions for the Christian Church (DoC). The Church continued to worship at that site until 1958, when a congregational vote confirmed the church’s desire to purchase the site of our current facility. Before the building project could proceed, the church decided to change its name and voted in January of 1960 to become the First Christian Church of Auburn. Building commenced shortly thereafter and by March 5, 1961, the congregation was celebrating its first Lord’s Day Worship in our current location.

The Pastor at First Christian Church in Auburn is Pastor Tom Cupka, who began his ministry here in January of 2017

The Office Manager at FCC is Jennifer Gramling. Jennifer is a member of the St. Andrew Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Auburn. She began work with us in December of 2012, following the retirement of Janet McKean. Jennifer is married with three  children.

Our Denomination: 

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Who are Disciples of Christ?:

First Christian Church is a fully recognized Congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination in the U.S. and Canada. Watch the video below to learn more!


 What Do We Believe?

Our Mission :

  1. To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. – Micah 6:8 The Mission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  2. To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps β€œto the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

Our Confession of Faith [core beliefs] :

  • As members of the Christian Church,
    We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
    the Son of the living God,
    and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.

This confession is the opening paragraph in the Preamble to the Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) It is used by many Disciples congregations in worship as an affirmation of the faith of the church throughout the ages – not as a “test of fellowship,” but as a statement of faith that identifies the Disciples’ commitment to and place within the universal and ecumenical church. The preamble continues…

  • In Christ’s name and by his grace
    we accept our mission of witness
    and service to all people.
    We rejoice in God,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    and in God’s covenant of love
    which binds us to God and to one another.
    Through baptism into Christ
    we enter into newness of life
    and are made one with the whole people of God.
    In the communion of the Holy Spirit
    we are joined together in discipleship
    and in obedience to Christ.
    At the Table of the Lord
    we celebrate with thanksgiving
    the saving acts and presence of Christ.
    Within the universal church
    we receive the gift of ministry
    and the light of scripture.
    In the bonds of Christian faith
    we yield ourselves to God
    that we may serve the One
    whose kingdom has no end.
    Blessing, glory, and honor
    be to God forever. Amen.

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