William Ashley (Billy) Sunday (1862-1935) was born in Ames, Iowa Sunday grew up in an army orphanage after the death of his father, a Union soldier.
James Strong (1822-1894) was born in New York City. He studied ancient languages at Wesleyan University. A man of many talents he worked as a college professor, the president of a railroad company, and as a city administrator.
Worship in a “united and a uniting church” properly reflects the rich traditions of the four major denominational streams of the United Church of Christ (Congregational, Christian, Evangelical, and Reformed) and of the many ethnic communities within its membership.