About Us


The Church of Firsts....

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.

 

....In West Palm Beach

Union Congregational was organized on Easter Sunday in 1894, and was originally located in downtown West Palm Beach and is the second oldest church in West Palm Beach.  Our present building was constructed in 1994 on the southwest corner of Summit and Haverhill roads in West Palm Beach.  Union Congregational was instrumental in helping to build the first schoolhouse, the first library, and the first hospital in West Palm Beach.

 

If you are looking for a church that has a rich heritage expressed in a faith community committed to the inclusive love of Jesus Christ, come and check us out.

Located at

5088 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
(Corner of Summit Blvd. &  Haverhill Rd.)

 

A Church of Extravagant Welcome
Today, we continue to change lives throughout our community and the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in our community and in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop our members to live their faith in exciting new ways.  We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.  We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.


Our Team

Rev. Dr. Sheila Guillaume

Senior Pastor


Pastor Sheila became the full-time pastor of Union Congregational United Church of Christ in February of 2013, and in addition, she is currently the Southeast Regional Youth Minister for the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ.  Pastor Sheila resides in North Palm Beach with her son.

Prior to her joining Union Congregational Pastor Sheila was a Hospice Chaplain for several years with VITAS Healthcare.  She served, as Interim Pastor at Christ Congregational UCC in Palmetto Bay, Florida from July through October of 2008, and for several years, she was the Associate Minister of Christian Education and Youth at the First Church of Suffield Congregational UCC in Suffield, Connecticut.  Pastor Sheila currently holds several degrees; Bachelor of Science from Florida State University, Master of Divinity from Howard University, and her Doctor of Divinity from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut.

Rev, Misti Johnson-Arce

Children's Ministry Leader

Rev. Misti Johnson-Arce is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.  She has a Master in Divinity and is ACPE certified.  She is also the Senior ACPE Superviser with VITAS Hospice of the Palm Beaches.  She is married and is the mother of a young son.  Rev. Misti leads our Sunday School class each Sunday as well as special children's holiday activities.  The kids love Rev. Misti!

Irma Carreras

Administrative Assistant/Office Manager

Irma is our awesome office manager who has been with us for  4 years now.  Irma provides administration support to the Reverend Pastor Sheila.  In addition, she provides communication, and support to the congregation.  She has a smile that will light up the room.

Julia Heil Smith

Music Director and Accompanist

Julie devotes her time to Union Congregational as a music director and accompanist.  In addition, Julie is a music teacher and has been teaching at Hagan Road Elementary School for twenty-seven years.  Julie holds a Masters in Music Education from the Hartford School of Art in Connecticut, and has an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Murray State University in Kentucky.

Ilsa Dickinson

Choir Director

Ilsa is a retired specialist in Migrant Education with the Palm Beach County School District.  She has her undergraduate degree in Music Performance from Westminster Choir College.

Patrick Watson

Youth Leader

Patrick is our Youth Ministry Leader.   He has a passion for serving God and engaging youth in tough topics while guiding them in a full life of Christ and in fellowship with others. 


New Here?

Service Times

Sundays

Worship Service: 10 AM

Fellowship Hour: 11 AM

Sunday School: During Worship

Location

Drop in and see us:

Mon-Fri 9:00AM-1:00PM

5088 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Ministries

We offer multiple ministries so that you can find one that you feel most comfortable in. Please check out the groups below and feel free to come join us!

Contact Us

Office@unionucc.net

561-686-0330

5088 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL 33415



Children's Ministry

Kids are welcome to join in! We have a ton of fun stuff going on here. We get to learn about the life of Jesus and the Bible while often digging into some games and arts and crafts. We want this experience to be as fun as possible for your children, but also enrichment in Christ's teachings.  We also offer a CHILDREN AND YOUTH BELL. CHOIR instruction each Sunday.  And our VBS in June is a blast!!

Young Adult Ministry

Our Youth Adult Ministry is an exciting one! This is a new ministry that has just opened up and we are hoping to see everyone that is "young at heart" join us. We grow stronger in Christ as we fellowship and work together.   We invite you to bring a friend to our activities.   We look forward to seeing you there!

Men's Ministry

Men's Ministry is a ministry dedicated for the fellowship of men. We would love for you to visit our ministry and see what it is all about.