Melissa Hindt


I was very thankful to became a part of the music ministry at First Congregational in June of 2015. This was a time of prayerful change and I was so touched by the welcoming spirit that was given to me and still is today. I am the PreK -4th grade music teacher at St. Edmond in Fort Dodge. Other than my faith, my family is my greatest blessing.  Jim, my husband, and our four children, Jonah, Isabella, Aaron and Eli, fill our days with abundant joy and a little bit of crazy.  One of my favorite things to do to honor God is to play the piano.  However, this opportunity has challenged me to learn how to give that same honor on the organ.  I pray that it is pleasing to Him and I am thankful for the help that I am given by the beautiful choir and the faith filled congregation.  Thank you for sharing your love of Jesus with me and my family.

Curt McCoskey



Rev. Craig Blaufuss


Rev. Craig Blaufuss has been the pastor of First Congregational UCC since October 2010. A native of Burlington, Iowa, Pastor Craig received his BA in Religion and Philosophy from Iowa Wesleyan College and his Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 2004, and previously served as a pastor in Troy, Missouri. He has been married to his wife Vicki for 30 years, and they have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, two dogs and two cats.

Michele Omvig

Administrative Assistant

Michele Omvig has been our administrative assistant since April of 2012. Michele lives in Stratford with her husband and their 2 children. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University and her favorite hobby is trying new recipes.