Church History

The original name of our church was Union Christian Church on the Rattlesnake, an organization that came into being in 1868. The cemetery just south of the present church building was 50 years old when the church was erected in 1875.

A 1913 acetylene light plant explosion set the church on fire and in 1915 the church remodeled – a basement was placed under most of the building and a large Sunday school room was added. The Union Christian Church on the Rattlesnake evolved into a New Light Christian Church. In 1931, with the merger of the Congregational Churches, we became Hickory Grove Congregational Christian Church.

The parsonage was built in 1947 and the first full-time pastor was called. In 1951 Wilber Crowell willed the church an 80 acre farm. In 1957 the church added a modern kitchen, additional classrooms, and restrooms. Stained-glass windows and carpet were added in 1960.

The Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and the Reformed Church merged in 1957 to form the United Church of Christ, thus we became Hickory Grove United Church of Christ in 1961.The park located behind the present building includes a shelter house, basketball court, playground, footbridges and a dam to convert the Rattlesnake Creek into a baptismal pool. Outdoor services, family reunions and various church activities make use of this area. We have recently purchased an indoor baptismal to accommodate those not able or wanting to use the creek.

A handicapped ramp and parking lot were constructed in 1989 and in 1995 the church basement was remodeled.

On October 7th, 2004 we withdrew from the United Church of Christ and became Hickory Grove Church, non-denominational.

As the church began to grow numerically, in April 2007 Business Meeting discussion turned to how the seating capacity could be increased. A Committee to research the need was formed in July, and in January 2008, preliminary sketches were presented of the expansion possibilities. Discussion of plans, prayer for direction and meetings with architects began. In On June 29, 2009 excavation began to expand the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall below to the South. On April 18, 2010 the new addition was dedicated to the Lord.

We have recently added a lift that will allow people easier access to the different floors.  Thank you to the benefactors and those who worked to get it installed.