Northwest Association

We are 62 congregations with roots reaching deep into the history of the Christian church and our communities, seeking a vision that makes the historic faith our own in this time and place.

Northwest Association Annual Meeting

Saturday April 29th, St Paul’s Wausau

Keynote: Rev. Winton Boyd, pastor, Orchard Ridge UCC, Madison and a facilitator for the Center of Courage and Renewal.

Register online at 2017 NWA Annual Meeting.


Discernment Day

What shall I do with the longing in my heart to serve Jesus Christ?
Friday, March 3, 2017 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Wisconsin Conference Trost Center

The journey of Christian discernment can be as joyful and fulfilling as it is frustrating and confusing. How do we know what God intends for our lives? How do we hear God’s voice among the many voices speaking? What does it mean to be “called”? What does the UCC mean by “ministry of all” and “ministry of some”? What does this mean for me? What’s next for my walk of faith? If any of these questions sound familiar, you are not alone. At such an important time as this, you need a supportive community and meaningful answers which are faithful to the ministry of Jesus Christ, build Christ’s church and support your journey of faith. This is why we invite you to join us for a day of exploration and discussion with Dr. Martha Baumer.

Dr. Baumer, former professor at Eden Theological Seminary, pastor from the Wisconsin Conference, previous Conference Minister in Illinois and life-long, committed Christian has worked with many people in discerning what their particular call to ministry might sound like and where to seek help in unfolding God’s intention for their lives. Cost for the day is $50.00, which will include lunch.

Registration is available on-line at (select “Discernment Day” from the list at the right after going to the linked page). Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.


The Northwest Association ranges from La Crosse in the south to Madeline Island in the north, from the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers in the west to Land o’ Lakes and Phelps in the east.  Majestic bluffs, rolling farmland, deep woods, lakes and rivers, farms and cities define the landscape of this beautiful part of “God’s Country.”

For a Google map of our congregations, click here


Rev Rob MacDougall

Associate Conference Minister
for the Northwest Association

Rev. Rob MacDougall began his call as the Associate Conference Minister in the Northwest Association on September 1, 2015. Rob grew up in Racine, just a few blocks from the city’s best Danish bakeries. (The best kringle comes from Bendtsen’s on Washington Ave.) He attended St. Olaf College, graduating with a BA in Social Work. He worked doing chemical dependency prevention with youth in Milwaukee and Minneapolis before deciding to attend seminary. Rob graduated from Pacific School of Religion with his M.Div. in 1985. He was ordained that same year at his home church, First Congregational UCC of Minneapolis. His first call was to St. Paul’s UCC in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he was the Associate Pastor with the Rev. Ted Trost. After three years at St. Paul’s, Rob received a call to serve First Congregational UCC, Menomonie, where he served for 27 wonderful years.

Rob completed a D.Min. at United Theological Seminary in 2005. His thesis focused on issues around clergy retirement. Rob married Wendy Randall in 1981; they met at St. Olaf. Wendy is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and is the current director of the Dunn County Health Department. Rob and Wendy have three adult children and one grandchild. Rob recently planted a postage stamp vineyard, and is hoping to produce some drinkable wine a few years from now.

Rev. Rob MacDougall
Associate Conference Minister

Northwest Wisconsin Association  | Wisconsin Conference | United Church of Christ
Northwest Wisconsin Association Communications Contact: Mary Jo Laabs

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