The Rev. Dr. Guillermo Márquez-Sterling is the youngest son of Cuban political exiles. Born in Miami and raised on the island of Puerto Rico, Guillermo joined the U.S. Navy in 1981 and served six years during times of relative peace. He graduated from Florida International University in 1988 with an undergraduate degree in English. He then taught at Carver Middle School and at Miami Jackson Senior High. In 1992, Guillermo began exploring the possibilities of becoming a minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC). He was awarded a Masters degree in Divinity from the South Florida Center for Theological Studies in 1997, and was ordained in the UCC that summer. He has been serving as Associate Pastor at Coral Gables Congregational Church since January of 1999. In May 2007, Guillermo was awarded a Masters degree in Public Administration from FIU, and in May 2011, he received a Doctorate in Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. Guillermo lives happily with his wife Maria, who is a school teacher, and their three children.