About Us

Nationally, the United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21). - one body of Christ with many diverse members.


The Church of Firsts. Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American and the first to ordain a woman.  We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.


A Church of Extravagant Welcome - Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways.  We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.

Our Team

Vicki Engelmann

Pastor Vicki came to Central City in 2011.  She grew up in Iowa and loves small town life.  She enjoys working with the children and telling the Biblical story in a way that inspires and challenges us.  She is the mother of 2 adopted daughters.

Kat Sapp

Kat is the Church Secretary.  She is also a person of many hats, helping to greet everyone on Sunday and helping to publize what we do.

Susan Clarke

Susan is our organist who has been accompaning for many years.  She grew up in the church.  She is also our Parish Nurse and is an invaluable resource on health issues.

Nancy Kenne

Nancy has been our Janitor for several decades.  When you stop by you may find her cleaning or decorating the church.

New Here?

Service Times


9 -10 AM

Fellowship Following

Drop in and see us:

Office located

in building behind the church

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

9 AM to noon

Other times by appointment



We make noodles some Mondays.

We have a knitting group Monday afternoons at 3:30.

Small Group ministries.

Lenten Meals

Contact Us

The United Church of Christ

of Central City

319 438-1136

38 North 5th St.

Central City, IA  52214

Children and Youth Ministry

Kids are welcome to join in! We have a ton of fun stuff going on here. We get to learn about the life of Jesus and the Bible while often digging into some games and arts and crafts. On Sunday morning we all start in worship then chldren are dismissed to go to Sunday School.  We have Confirmation Classes for Jr. High age and Youth Group that meets regularly.

Music Ministry

Music is important to us.  Those who sing pray twice.  We have a choir that sings regularly and our worship service has a blend of contemporary and blended music.  Organ, baby grand piano, guitar, drums or ukelele can be heard at different times.  If you have a favorite song, let us know so we can learn it, too.

Hospitality Ministry

You are welcome here!  And when 2 or more are gathered, not only is God present but there is usually food.  We enjoy each other's company and enjoy serving.  We have Fellowship after Worship each week, we host many community events.  Plan on our Spring and Harvest Dinners.  We host weddings and funerals - many from the community.