Our History

churchsideOn April 12, 1953, twelve persons attended a service in the Coral Ridge Yacht Club.  Later that evening they met again, “for the purpose of organizing a mission church to be called the Coral Ridge Community Church,” and to continue services.

A yacht club board member objected to the church meeting at the club, so worship services were moved to Marshall’s Restaurant on Sunrise Boulevard.  The first collection was taken on May 10th, when 37 persons were present.  The services were moved to the Shrine Club, where the rent was $75 per month. Rev. Arthur J. Snow became the first full-time minister of the new mission church in May, 1954.  At that time, the congregation voted to change the church name to “First Congregational Church” with “A Community Church” as a sub-title.

Fellowship Hall was our first building. Completed in 1956, 254 persons jammed the hall on November 18, 1956 for the consecration service.

Construction of our current sanctuary began in 1962 and was completed in 1963.  The structure was cited by the Broward County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Florida Engineering Society as one of twelve structures exhibiting outstanding craftsmanship. A classroom wing was added in 1965, and a new church kitchen was completed in 1973.

United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale is involved in the larger community with its Food Pantry for the hungry of Broward County and participation in a community program to augment temporary housing with the Broward Coalition for the Homeless.  It is a “just peace” church, a Stephens Ministry church, and in 2004, joined the ranks of ONA churches.

On October 26, 2014, United Church of Fort Lauderdale celebrated our 60th anniversary!

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 Offered in our library on the first Thursday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Upcoming Events

Wizard of Oz - With A Modern Twist

Show dates:

Friday January 12 - 6pm

Saturday January 13 - 6pm

Sunday January 14 - 4pm

In the Sanctuary


Hands, Feet, Words Series - (1/2018)

10:30am - Worship Service

Every Sunday in January

Annual Meeting (1/21)

Immediately after Worship Service

Night of A Thousand Stars (2/17)

Choir Cabaret (2/24)

7:00pm - Elliott Hall