We Welcome All


About Us

Your #1 Spiritual Source Since 1950

St. Mark's Lutheran Church has been actively involved with the greater Coral Gables community since 1950. We’ve been an integral part of our congregants’ lives through a wide range of activities, events, and service options. 

At St. Mark's Lutheran Church, our doors are open to every soul seeking to welcome Jesus Christ into their hearts. We foster a community where we teach individuals to show their love for The Lord and for one another through worship and community service. Members of St. Mark’s are those who build relationships with our family through community groups, volunteer activities, worship services, and learning. We welcome all individuals seeking God’s love. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Savior, we encourage that you come to know Christ through prayer and worship, and we invite all of God’s children to open their hearts and allow his grace to penetrate their soul and being. Stop in today and join this special community that celebrates God’s love each and every day.

You are invited to St. Mark’s - where Diversity is Embraced and Celebrated!

We are family-friendly with use of baby nursery, Sunday church school, and play ground. 


Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Florida Bahamas Synod

Reconciling  Works



When you come to St. Mark’s we want to you feel at home. Whether you are checking us out for the first time, thinking about becoming a regular attendee, or have made this your church home, you are always welcome here. 

As a progressive Christian community we are an LGBTQIA+ affirming community, working towards racial and economic justice, celebrating the gifts of everyone. 


Holy Communion

In the celebration of the Eucharist, we believe that we receive the presence of Christ through bread and wine. All are welcome! It doesn't matter if it is your first or five hundredth time, if you were here last week or have been coming to worship for years; if you hunger and thirst for Jesus in your life, you are welcome at the table.

In the Sacrament of Holy Communion, we hold that we receive Christ by his grace and not by our knowledge and works.  Therefore, we commune children of all ages. First Communion and Catechism Classes are offered to children and adults of all ages who desire to receive theological instruction according to the Lutheran tradition. All are welcome to the Lord’s table to receive a blessing and/or Holy Communion. 


Church Council

Pastor: Rev. Dr. David O. Guss, Fr., PhD.
President: Raul “Bubba” Calzadilla
Vice President: Vanessa Perry
Secretary: Charlene Grall
Treasurer: Julia Rego

Church Council Members:

Miguel Guerrero, Laurie Hill, William Hill, Tom Johnson, Josie Largacha, Maria Martin


Our History

Building a Sacred Community


St. Mark’s Lutheran Church was founded in 1950 and incorporated in 1951.

Its sanctuary at the corner of Bird and Le Jeune Roads in Coral Gables was dedicated in 1955. Its national affiliation has changed over the decades as various Lutheran bodies have merged, and today it is part of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).


Our Pastors Over the Years

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Rev. W. Baxter Weant


Rev. Ralph Bergstresser

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Rev. J. Bruce Weaver


Rev. Dr. Arnold Perry


Rev. Charles Robertson


Rev. Jean-Pierre Marc-Charles

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Rev. Ulrich Rosenhagen


Pastor Frank Kopania


Rev. Dr. David O. Guss