About Us

Sanctuary full of people holding large paper hearts

Welcome!

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 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 Laurie Hafner

Senior Pastor

Pastor Megan Smith

Associate Pastor

Pastor Aaron Lauer

Associate Pastor for Emerging Generations

Our Staff

Seth Patterson

Director of Youth Handbell Choir

Mark Hart

Executive & Artistic Director of the Community Arts Program

Dennis Rodrigues

Business Manager

Lisa LeSueur

Minister for Congregational and Staff Care

Carlos Barrios

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.

Testimonies

We are a diverse mix of people from all walks of life, committed to following Jesus Christ’s progressive path of justice and inclusivity. We gather for the love of God and to experience God’s peace in a community of caring. Through our faith and worship, we find forgiveness, relevance, and the transformational power of life-giving grace.

Greg Shepherd

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.