Charles Hambrick-Stowe has a Ph.D. degree in American history from Boston University as well as theological degrees from Pacific School of Religion and his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College. He is the author of a number of books, including a biography of the great 19th century evangelist Charles G. Finney and a study of spiritual life in colonial New England, along with many articles in religious and historical journals.
Dr. Hambrick-Stowe believes his most important work is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and leading the worship of God. Not far behind that central role is his commitment to caring for people, helping people grow in personal faith in Jesus Christ, and enabling his congregation to develop greater strength and vitality in every area of church life. .
A core element in the life of the church he serves is its commitment to mission in the wider community. The First Congregational Church of Ridgefield is a long-time supporter and mission partner of Christian Community Outreach Ministries, as well as with other Christian social ministries in our region. Not long after beginning his ministry in Ridgefield, Dr. Hambrick-Stowe led his congregation to become a partner church of Jericho Partnership.