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David Guss

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THE PASTOR PLANS TO BE IN THE CHURCH OFFICE BY 4:30 EACH TUESDAY. If you need to speak to the pastor or set up an appointment, please make arrangements with Josie in advance.

 

WELCOME TO ST. MARK'S LUTHERAN CHURCH 

Welcome Pastor David O. Guss  who has accepted a call at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Pastor Guss will have his fist service Sunday, February 5th.

Please join us and welcome him with a big crowd. Tell your friends,  members that you have not seen in a while to come and take the next big step in the life our church.

The Reverend David O. Guss is a native of Pennsylvania and the son of Lutheran Pastor, The Reverend Jerome V. Guss. Pr. Guss’ brother, The Reverend Vincent J. Guss is also a Lutheran Pastor who presently serves as a chaplain in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Pr. Guss holds a B.A. Degree in Education from Messiah College, Grantham, PA, an M. Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Prior to attending the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC where he graduated with a M. Div. Degree in May 1985, Pr. Guss taught for six years in the public schools of Pennsylvania. Most recently, Pr. Guss earned an Ed. S. Specialist Degree in Mental Health Counseling in December 2005 and a Ph.D. Degree in Marriage and Family and Couples Counseling in December 2010 from Barry University, Miami Shores, FL. While serving several pastorates within the Florida- Bahamas Synod, Pr. Guss has also served as a counselor in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Presently Pr. Guss holds the position of Adjunct Professor where he teaches prospective counselors in the graduate counseling department of Barry University. Pr. Guss is also a professionally trained musician who had the great fortune of studying with renown German organist and composer Jan Oskar Bender while attending seminary. Pr. Guss’ favorite past times include reading, going to the beach, music, and spending time with his pet Yorkshire Terriers – Coco, Buttercup, Sasha, and Smokey.

Ordained on December 13, 1987, Pr. Guss was the last pastor ordained in the ELCA’s predecessor’s body, the Lutheran Church in America (LCA). Pr. Guss accepted his first call as Assistant Pastor at First Lutheran Church, Fort Lauderdale in December 1987. He received his second call as Assistant Pastor at All Saints Lutheran Church, Tamarac, in August 1991. In March 1994, Pr. Guss became Senior Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Hallandale Beach. In August 2011, Pr. Guss accepted Bishop’s invitation to also serve as Interim Pastor at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Miami Gardens.

Pr. Guss is grounded in the Lutheran tradition yet lacks no timidity when it comes to sharing his love for the Lord and his testimony of faith with others. In that regard, Pr. Guss is excited about the opportunity to work alongside members of a congregation who want to grow not only in numbers but spiritually in their walk with the Lord. Pr. Guss’ favorite Bible is Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” This verse sums up Pr. Guss understanding of mission and servanthood. Pr. Guss has stated, “If it is the Lord’s will that I am called to serve as pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, I will consider it an honor to serve in this time and place and look forward to working “together” with all those who love God - “doing” and “accomplishing” all things according his purpose.”


Choir Director

Adam Cahill


Organist

Sebastien Rogers



Parish Administrator

Josie Largacha

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Josie is our Parish Administrator since 2006. NEW OFFICE HOURS AT ST. MARKS are being modified as follows effective immediately.  Monday and Wednesday thru Friday: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Tuesday: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.


Retired

Rev. Dr. Arnold R. Perry


Pastor Perry retired after is his last service on Sunday May 3rd at 11 a.m. Enjoy this link to the Miami Herald's Pastor Perry story.http://www.miamiherald.com/…/community…/article19796448.html

He has been served the Miami/Coral Gables area for over 35 years. He first came to Miami and served for six years as Director of The Lutheran Parish of Dade County. He has been pastor of St. Mark’s for more than 30 years. Pastor Perry conducted weddings, funerals, baptisms, first communions and confirmation. 

Congratulations are in order to our very own Rev. Dr. Arnold Perry for being honored with the Citizen of the Year Award by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #7. Rev. Perry was so awarded for his commitment and dedication to the goals and endeavors to the lodge.
Not only did Rev. Perry receive this distinguished award, but Coral Gables Fop Lodge #7 has renamed the Citizen of the Year Award "The Rev. Dr. Arnold Perry Award." 
This is quite an honor and we congratulate Rev. Perry!

 


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