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History of The United Church of the San Juans

On January 20, 2003, approximately 18 people gathered at the Graff home, to explore starting a new church to serve the needs of people, love Christ, focus on more traditional worship, and respect and be open to others.

From here a steering committee was formed, a church name and Mission Statement developed to reflect our diversity and background as believers. Pastor Dick Engdahl, a retired Presbyterian minister, graciously offered his services and became our first pastor.

Within five weeks we were holding services in our temporary church home at the Ridgway Community Center. We have grown and gained support from the community, and enjoy many attending our Sunday services.

On July 28, 2006, we purchased a small piece of property on the southwest corner of Lena and Charles Streets, across from the town park in Ridgway. A portion of the building on the property was converted to a church office and meeting room.

Groundbreaking for our new church sanctuary building was held on October 12, 2008. Our first worship service in our new facility was held July 19, 2009, and the Celebration of Dedication was August 16, 2009. Please join us for Sunday worship at 10 AM at 295 N. Lena Street, Ridgway, CO.

Worshipers From All Faiths are Welcome!

Centering prayer, ongoing challenging discussion groups, etc.

You are cordially invited to join us for Sunday worship at 10 AM in our worship facility at 295 N. Lena Street (corner of Lena and Charles) in Ridgway, CO.

UCSJ Amended Bylaws voted on at our June 27, 2021 Congregational Meeting

Mission Statement

  • We are a loving and compassionate church family that respects the dignity and integrity of each individual.
  • We find our joy and meaning through faith in God And Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
  • We seek to promote Christian unity and to encourage understanding and cooperation with those from different traditions.
  • We seek to foster deeper relationships with God and each other through worship, fellowship, growth and service.

Outreach Opportunities

Things We Do

  • Introduce our congregation to local, regional, and global Christian and humanitarian projects.

  • Allot UCSJ budgeted funds to support chosen local, national, and global Christian and humanitarian projects.

  • Collect food stuffs for the Ouray County Food Pantry.
  • Angel Tree with Ridgway Library for local children and adult (hats and socks).

Organizations We Have Contributed To

  • Shepherd’s Hand, Montrose

  • Disaster Relief Programs at each of our four denominations
  • Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans
  • Haven House
  • Ouray County Food Pantry
  • Ridgway Spirit Fest
  • Delta Prison Ministries

  • Western Colorado Friends of the Himalayas

  • Welcome Home Montrose
  • Young Life of Ouray County
  • “Special” local help