History of WCC

The Wisconsin Council of Churches began informally in the 1930’s as a loose federation of Milwaukee denominations meeting basic human social and economic needs of the depression. In the 1940’s it became an inter-denominational recreational ministry for young people.  The Council was incorporated in 1947 and now encompasses 18 denominations with approximately 2,000 congregations and over one million church members. The Council’s network of individuals and congregations reaches every corner of the state.

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Governor Walter Goodland meeting with Ellis H. Dana, Executive Vice-President of Wisconsin Council of Churches in 1945 on the occasion of passage of the Thomson anti-gambling legislation. This detail of the full image #44928 is used with permission of the Wisconsin Historical Society – image #44928, WSJ photo.

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