About Us

Sanctuary full of people holding large paper hearts


We invite you to be a part of our community of faith, to be blessed by God’s grace in our midst. We invite you to Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ (a.k.a. Gables UCC) to grow spiritually, and to find welcome at God’s table. Our vision is to be an inclusive, vibrant, alive, witnessing community of faith.

We are the people of South Florida, a diverse, culturally rich, and intriguing community. We are young and old, economically fortunate and economically struggling, Hispanic and African-American, gay and straight, native Miamians and transplants from around the globe. A common misconception is that churchgoers are stuffy, standoffish, and don’t like newcomers. Nothing is farther from the truth here. We want you to experience our friendship and closeness firsthand. We want you to feel comfortable and to enjoy worship with us.

Visiting a church for the first time can be a frightening experience. We know it can be scary walking through those big wooden doors. We assure you, though, that the hard part is making up your mind to visit. Once you are here you will find a haven of hospitality, beauty, and inspiring worship.

Please join us. We are expecting you!

Who We Are

Who We Are

We are part of the denomination of the United Church of Christ.

What We Believe

What We Believe

We believe that God is still speaking.

Meet Our Pastors

Pastor Megan Smith

Associate Pastor

Pastor Aaron Lauer

Associate Pastor for Emerging Generations

Our Staff

Raul Hernandez

Volunteer Church Immigration

Elena Korallis

Communications Coordinator

Mark Hart

Executive & Artistic Director of the Community Arts Program

Kris Coney

Sound Technician

Rene Dominguez

Lead Custodian

Our History

Our History

The church was founded in 1923 by George Merrick and is the oldest established building and organization in Coral Gables.


In this church, being queer and being Christian is not binary. I am not made to choose between my faith and who I choose to love. I am welcomed. I am also challenged by the church; challenged to evolve. Evolve in my beliefs, evolve in my faith, evolve as a person and evolve in what it means to love this church. I have come to realize loving this church means being committed to giving back. Giving back, to share the joys, the goodness and the fruits for the soul this church so endlessly provides. May God continue to bless this church for being the fertile soil for my ever-growing plant.

Harley Soza

Jesus didn't reject people. Neither do we. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.