The Congregational Church began in the home of Lucius Read, the second home built in Byron. The Read house was not only a place of hospitality for travelers, but it also served as a stop along the Underground Railroad. Through the Congregational Church, Byron was a hotbed of abolitionists, and the Lucius Read home was one of three underground stations within this community providing runaway slaves God’s refuge and sanctuary.
Our church building is grounded in historical meaning and faithfulness. It does not stand square with the city block so that we “be not conformed to the world, but transformed” (Romans 12:2). Our outside roof line rises from four corners symbolic of the four gospels. The roof structure appears almost in the form of a tent, reminding us that we should be pilgrim people in our rapidly changing times. The Latin cross within the sanctuary suggesting the Trinity by its three points.