Unitarian Church of Barneveld History

Our Past

In 1793 Garret Boon, first agent of the Holland Land Company, cut a path through the forest from Fort Schuyler to the Cincinnati Creek. He located his cabin here and called it Oldenbarneveld after a patriot martyr of Holland. This made the town, since named Barneveld, one of the oldest settlements in the area.

It was here in 1803 that our religious society was organized by Francis Van der Kemp, Adam Mappa, and Luther GuiteauMappa and Van der Kemp had fled Holland after unsuccessfully seeking to establish representative government.  It was natural that these church founders emphasized democracy and freedom within this church.  This they did by basing membership on good moral character rather than on doctrinal statements.

The Unitarian Church of Barneveld is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association. The UUA represents a denomination that combines two religious traditions: the Universalists, who organized in America in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in America in 1825. The denomination's history can be traced back to Central and Eastern Europe in the sixteenth century.

In 1961 that the Universalists and Unitarians merged, forming the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Our Present & Future

We have a keen appreciation of our history, and we have restored our historical buildings in gratitude and respect for the past and hope for the future.

Through the years this church has stood as a monument to those who believe in the right of individuals to govern themselves and make up their own minds in the realm of ultimate beliefs and commitments. Although this church has never been large in numbers, its influence has emanated far beyond the village limits, affecting the lives of well and little known men and women for nearly two hundred years.

Buildings

The church owned and maintained two other historic buildings besides the church (circa 1816) until not long ago. The Van der Kemp parsonage (circa 1797) was sold in 2006.  Unity Hall, still owned by the Church, is leased to a not for profit foundation that shares the use of the hall with the Church and other community organizations presenting a wide range of programs and events.

Sophia Mappa Guild

This open group gives area women an opportunity to learn together the art of quilt making and to get to know one another better through a creative process. The Guild's major annual project is designing and hand making a quilt which is raffled off as a fundraiser for the church.  Our quilts hang in many homes throughout the northeast.


                                    Unitarian Church of Barneveld Ministers

                  

John Sherman

1806-1810

John Robinson

1910-1913

Issac B. Pierce

1815-1842

John Mueller

1919

Edgar Buckingham

1842-1852

T.C. Brockway

S. D. Butler

James Huxtable

1919-1920

1920

1920-1921

Thomas W. Brown

1852-1853

Walter Taylor

1921-1936

John B. Wight

1854

Edwin Fairley

1936-1941

Charles Ritter

1855

Charles G. Girelius

1941-1952

B.S. Fanton

1856-1861

T. Conley Adams

1952-1956

J.M. Fox

1862-1866

Leon Simonetti

1957-1959

William Silsbee

1867-1887

Dennis G. Kuby

1960

M. Hinckley

1888

Philip A. Silk

1960-1961

Edward F Temple

1889-1892

Frank Edson Robertson

1961-1964

 

1895-1898

Kenneth Mochel

1965

S.W. Sutton

1892-1893

Timothy Hume Behrendt

1965-1974

Walter Moore

1893-1894

Mitchell G. Howard

1975-1978

Wayland L. Beers

1898-1901

Kim E. Christiana

1982-1988

Charles Graves

1901-1907

Judith Hodgkinson

1990-1991

S. C. Weatherly

1907-1910

Lynn Ashley

2003-2011

 

 

Jay Williams

Lay lead


2011-2012

2012-