History of Spirit of Peace UCC

Spirit of Peace is a relatively new church with a unique history.  The first worship service at Spirit of Peace was on March 25, 2007.  Crestwood-sign
 
There was already a congregation of more than 250 members who “jumpstarted” this church after having built it in partnership with the South Dakota Conference of the UCC.  The original members of the congregation came from Crestwood UCC, located at 33rd & Cliff for about 45 years.  Crestwoodinterior2
 
 
They outgrew their worship space and their parking, and envisioned a new church that would provide beautiful and creative space for their ministry, as well as help raise the visibility of the UCC in Sioux Falls.
 
The Building Committee was chaired by Tom Hoy. The pastor was Rev. Marcia Moret Sietstra.  In 2004, a co-pastor was called, Rev. Jean Morrow.  Plans were developed SpPc Building Committee 2007for Crestwood to change its name to Spirit of Peace at the time of the move.  
 
The old Crestwood building was sold to a developer. In March 2007, the entire congregation moved to the new building. On the day of the move, we stopped using the name “Crestwood UCC” and started using the name “Spirit of Peace UCC.”  
 
Today, we are pleased to provide a beautiful sanctuary, a multi-use community room, a labyrinth for walking meditation and plenty of classroom and other space for all our varied activities.  New members often say to us,  “I never knew a church like this existed!” Or, “I didn’t know there was a church where my questions could be asked out loud.”  
 
DSCN3293We are progressive in theology, diverse in our beliefs, and inclusive of all who enter our community. “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are 
welcome here.”