German-Language Church Services
Services take place at the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134.These occur throughout the year for New Year’s, Carnival, Easter, Pentecost, Back to School, St. Martin’s Day, St. Nicholas Day, and Christmas. Click here for details about upcoming services.
German Language Bible Study
The German Ministry offers regular German-language Bible Study led by Pastor Jochen Pajunk. Bible Study takes place on Wednesday evenings following the UCC’s Church Night In dinner in Fellowship Hall. Contact deutschekircheflorida@gmail.
Pastor Jochen Pajunk
I am serving as the German Ministry of Miami’s minister. I was born 1937 in the city of Hamburg, Germany. My childhood was effected by the bombing of Hamburg and the Nazi regime because my family was not in agreement with it. After World War II we lived on our farm in the eastern part of Germany and I experienced what it meant to live under a communist government. After High School I studied theology at the university of Munich and Erlangen. From 1967 till 1982 I worked as a Lutheran minister in different communities in Bavaria and Hamburg and also as a chaplain in a hospital. In addition to my work as a pastor, the Lutheran Church offered me the opportunity to study to become a counselor for marriage and family problems. In 1986 I became a minister of another church called The Christian Community. I took care of communities in Germany and the US. In 2015 my wife and I moved to Miami . My wife who grew up in Miami, works as a singer, composer and music teacher.
Every spring there is a carnival church service followed by a Kreppelkaffee.
St. Martin’s Day (Martinstag)
Every November we have a St. Martin’s Day pageant and lantern parade. Children enjoy eating traditional “breadmen” (Stutenkerle) and watching a play depicting the story of St. Martin. The week before we offer a crafting workshop so children can make their own lanterns.
Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt)
Every year the German Ministry holds a Christmas Market.
Crafting Group (Bastelgruppe)
Every fall there is a crafting group that makes crafts to sell at the yearly Christmas Market. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We would be happy if you chose to have your child baptized with us. Youth and adults can also decide to be baptized. Baptisms can be conducted in German, English, Spanish, or a combination thereof. To discuss your interest in baptism please contact email@example.com.
To be confirmed, children ages 12 – 15 years must take part in 30 hours of preparatory classes, in either English or German. If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in a German, English, Spanish, or bilingual wedding in Miami please contact email@example.com.
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Membership in the German Ministry, Miami (Mitglied werden)
Those wishing to formally join the German congregation may become members of the Coral Gables Congregational UCC. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Support the Work of the German Ministry
All donations will be used to support the work of the German Ministry in Miami. All contributions are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.
The History of the German Ministry in Miami
In the 1990s, German-speaking immigrants in Miami expressed a wish to have German-language church services. They were able to attract Pastor Popp, who held services in the German American Social Club, and can be considered the founder of the German Ministry in Miami. At the beginning of the new century the German-speaking immigrants came up with the idea to ask the churches in which they were members whether there was any interest in working with German speakers.
Under the leadership of Reverend Arnold Perry, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church agreed and in 2003 called a pastor from Germany, Dr. Ulrich Rosenhagen. He began to build up a German-speaking congregation at St. Mark’s. Pastor Rosenhagen worked with Pastor Perry until the summer of 2006 when he left Miami for a position in Wisconsin. Lay members of the congregation working with Pastor Perry continued the work of the German Ministry.
In the summer of 2008 the congregation again succeeded in calling a German pastor. Reverend Frank Kopania, along with Pastor Perry, was responsible for the German Ministry in South Florida. In the Fall of 2009 Pastor Kopania began to hold monthly worship services in Ft. Lauderdale at the Abding Lutheran Church along with the services at St. Mark’s in Coral Gables. In February 2010, Bishop Benoway called Pastor Kopania to be the Director of German Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s Florida Bahamas Synod and, as a result, Pastor Kopania began to coordinate all German-language congregations in the state of Florida.
In the summer of 2013 Pastor Kopania’s call in Miami ended. With his departure the German Ministry’s cooperation with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church ended and the congregation joined the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ. Since then regular lay-led German-worship services have continued at the Coral Gables UCC.