Rev. Coleman Barlow and his wife, Nancy, opened First Assembly in June of 1979. It met first in the old Methodist Church on West Main St. and later in the Jewish Community Center. After years of faithful service, Rev. Barlow transferred leadership over to Rev. William Ulsh. Pastor Ulsh led the congregation to purchase the property on Thomaston Ave. The first service in the building was in December of 1987 and the church has held services at that location ever since.
During transition First Assembly was led by Pastor Albert Andreasen and then by Pastor Timothy Roddam. Our current Pastor, Rev. James Lilley came to Waterbury in April of 1998. In June of 2002, we purchased the two houses next to the church. Then in June 2004, the church purchased 2.4 more acres of land, the former Waterville Lumber property. Renovations to the 12,400 sq. ft. building began November 15, 2004, and on July 13, 2006 we received our certificate of occupancy. In less than two years time we transformed an old barn into the Family Life Center where our children’s church and youth group meet.
The Lord continues to bless the City of Waterbury through First Assembly. We have a flourishing church and a state of the art Family Center. In September 2013 we have begun our Lighthouse Daycare Center and it has flourished by God’s grace. What an excitement to see what the Lord has done and look to the future to see what He will do in the years to come.