Meet our Minister
Rev. William S. Trump, Jr.
Rev. William S Trump, Jr. is our Settled Minister and is involved in the leadership of all areas in the church’s life. Bill is a native Milwaukeean and is a life-long Congregationalist, having grown up at North Shore Congregational Church in Fox Point, Wisconsin. A graduate of Nicolet High School, Bill attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and earned his degree in psychology in 1977. After graduation from UW – Eau Claire, Bill attended Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 1983. He also completed his studies with the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies, a division of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches that supports seminary students. In 1983, Bill was called to be the minister of a church in the tiny farm community of Vermontville, Michigan. Then in 1987, he was called to serve a church in Burlington, Iowa, where he remained until 1995. That year Trump was called to be the Senior Minister at the Congregational Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks, California. He spent the next seventeen years serving that church in the heart of the Los Angeles San Fernando Valley. Following an extensive search process, the First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa called Bill to serve our congregation.
Rev. Trump has served on the Board of Directors of the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies and on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC). During his ministry, Bill has served in many different community and church organizations, including the Retired Senior Volunteer program, food pantry boards, and other local and state clergy associations. He is the father of two adult children who also live in Wisconsin.