German Language Ministry (Deutsche Gemeinde)

For more information about the German Ministry, please contact germanministry@gablesucc.org or sign up using the button below to join our email list.

Our Ministry

Man with a clown nose

Every spring there is a carnival church service followed by a Kreppelkaffee.

Children holding their lanterns

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.

Crafted Items for Sale

Every year the German Ministry holds a Christmas Market. Every fall there is a crafting group that makes crafts to sell at the yearly Christmas Market. Contact germanministry@gablesucc.org for more information.

Baby getting baptized

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 germanministry@gablesucc.org.

Couple walking down the aisle at their wedding

If you are interested in a German, English, Spanish, or bilingual wedding in Miami please contact germanministry@gablesucc.org.

Youth reading in front of the church

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 germanministry@gablesucc.org.

Pastor throwing a rose into the ocean

For questions about pastoral care of any kind contact the German Ministry at germanministry@gablesucc.org.

Support our Work

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.

Membership (Mitglied Werden)

Those wishing to formally join the German congregation may become members of the Coral Gables Congregational UCC. Contact germanministry@gablesucc.org for more details.

Our History

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. Pastor Jochen Pajunk served as our Pastor on a part-time basis until he retired to Arizona in 2017. Since then regular lay-led German-worship services have continued at the Coral Gables UCC with the help of the English-speaking pastors.