DOVER — Last fall, the Rev. Joe Denner accepted a call to be the pastor of the former First Congregational Church of Dover, now the Dover Bible Church. The pastor, his wife Andrea and their eight children, ages 4 to 19, moved to Dover in January. They had previously lived in Wheaton and the western Chicago suburbs for the past 20 years.
Denner is a licensed minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C & MA) and has served in different interim pastoral positions before accepting the call to Dover. He has spent most of his adult life working in bi-vocational ministry and continues running his own leadership training business in addition to his pastoral responsibilities.
Another recent development is the change in name from the Congregational Church of Dover to Dover Bible Church, in April. The Dover Church has been affiliated with the C & MA for the past 15 years, but had retained the “Congregational” name. The leadership team and church members decided it was time to change the name. Additionally, the congregation wanted to clearly and distinctly declare, within the church’s name, that the church is committed to the Scriptures, which exceeds its commitment to the C & MA or any other affiliation.