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. When he's not at the church, he is usually on the golf course!
Helen has been a church musician for over 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 Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Myers. She also directs and accompanies the Edelweiss Chorus from the German-American Social Club, and plays for the German Ministries worship services the fourth Sunday of every month at 3 PM at First Congregational Church.
She and Dewey have three sons: Chris (with wife Jenn and teenagers Hunter and Marnie) in Connecticut; Steven (with wife Amy, daughters Kate and Breona, son Daemyn, and grandchildren Justice, Chance and Ethan) in Washington state; and Daniel and his partner Molly, who live in Ft. Myers.
As you can see from the picture, she is re-defining the stereotype of "little old blue-haired lady" for Florida.
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!
Join us for worship
every Sunday at
followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments
First Congregational Church
312 Santa Barbara Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33991
Phone: 1 239 574-6184
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We're here to welcome you. Please stop by Mon., Wed., Fri. 9 am to 12 noon. Limited hours during summer months.