First Congregational Church
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Welcome to First Congregational Church of Cape Coral
Welcome to       First Congregational Church          of Cape Coral

Rev. Dr. Dewey E. Gierke, Pastor

Rev. Dr. Dewey E. Gierke, Pastor The beach is a restful place!

Pastor Dewey Gierke has been at FCC since August of 2004. His first sermon was preached the Sunday after Hurricane Charlie hit town!  


Pastor Dewey came to ministry as a second career, following 20+ years in the woods industry. He attended Michigan Technological University, Bangor Theological Seminary (M. Div.) and Hartford Seminary (Doctor of Ministry).  Prior to coming to Florida, he served 13 years as pastor of Florence Congregational Church in Florence, Massachusetts. 


Besides preaching, leading worship, visiting, and teaching Bible studies, Pr. Dewey can often be seen working on the grounds, fixing things that break, and even painting walls.

Dr. Helen T Gierke, Minister of Music

Dr. Helen T Gierke, Minister of Music It's really blue and purple mixed.

Helen has been a church musician for forty years (she started young!). Married to Pr. Dewey for 30+ years, she directs the Chancel Choir and the Chimes of Faith handchimes group, and plays the organ and piano for worship.  

   Helen has a Bachelor's in Music Education (Univ. of Wisconsin), a Master's in Sacred Music, and a Doctor of Theology degree in liturgy and theology (both from Boston University).  

   Her "weekday" job is as Office Administrator at Messiah Lutheran Church in Cape Coral, where she has worked for almost nine years. She and Dewey have three sons: Chris (with wife Jenn and kids Hunter and Marnie) in Connecticut; Steven (with wife Amy and kids Katey, Breona and Daemyn) in Washington state; and Daniel, who lives in Ft. Myers. 

   As you can see, she is re-defining the stereotype of "little old blue haired lady" for Florida.


Terri Sanders, Office Administrator

Terri Sanders has been our church's office administrator since August 2010. She keeps everything together, and we are really blessed! She is a member of Messiah Lutheran Church (where Helen works in the office) and has two adult children and grandson Joey.  

   Terri is originally from Penn Yan, NY, but has lived in Cape Coral/Ft. Myers since she was 10 years old.  She retired from the telephone company in 2008 after 43 years. 

   Terri is in the office from 9 am to 12 Noon Monday through Friday.  She is always happy to welcome you!

     Worship with Us!

Join us for worship

every Sunday at

10 AM,

followed by a time of fellowship, cookies and refreshments



     Contact Us

First Congregational Church

312 Santa Barbara Blvd

Cape Coral, FL 33991


Phone: 1 239 574-6184


Or use our contact form.

Office Hours

We're here to welcome you. Please stop by Monday through Friday 9 am to 12 noon. 


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