A goodly heritage has been left to our care: 200 years’ worth

By Rich Tarrant In October of last year Vermilion’s UCC Congregational church celebrated its 200th Anniversary at a dinner held at the German’s Villa banquet facility. I was slated to be the “church history guy” speaker following the dinner and had worked on my presentation for several weeks prior. However, before I reached the podiumContinue reading “A goodly heritage has been left to our care: 200 years’ worth”

The life and leadership of John Albert Kaley, pastor of UCC Congregational

By Rich Tarrant During the past several months I’ve been reviewing histories of Vermilion’s old Congregational Church that eventually evolved into the UCC Congregational church in our community. There are two: one written by Lucy Morgan (1855-1932) in 1918, the other by Elizabeth “Betty” Trinter (1917-2008) in 1993. These histories parallel the development of ourContinue reading “The life and leadership of John Albert Kaley, pastor of UCC Congregational”