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History of Church of Our Savior, MCC
Church of Our Savior, MCC, began as a satellite
extension of the Church of the Holy Spirit, now the Sunshine Cathedral, in Fort
Lauderdale, to accommodate worshippers from north Broward and south Palm Beach
counties. The first service was held in a rented space in Boca Raton in the fall
of 1990, and the church was chartered the following year. The membership grew to
about 125 during the first five years.
A traditional worship service was held on Sunday morning and a more contemporary
service Sunday evening. The church was actively involved in community PRIDE
events as well as outreach programs to feed the hungry and homeless in Palm
Beach County. Those living with AIDS met weekly as a support group in membersí
homes. In addition, the church hosted various 12-step groups. In 1995, the
church experienced a change in direction and in 1996 they chose a new pastor,
Rev. Tyrone Sweeting.
About this time, the church left its first location and started talking about
buying property. A member bequeathed $100,000, and the search was on. In the
meantime, services took place in an interesting two-room sanctuary with a tiny
passageway for the altar in between the rooms.
In 1997 Church of Our Savior bought a dine-in Pizza Hut. Members and their
friends did much of the alteration of the restaurant into a church. The result
was a dramatic transformation into the beautiful sanctuary that we call home
today. In May of 2004, Rev. Sweeting accepted a
position in Tennessee. From June to September, the board of directors and the
lay ministry maintained the worship
services, and concerned members dealt with
administration, visitation, and pastoral care.
In September, 2004, the Rev. Dr. Ana Vargas came as a part-time interim pastor.
She was responsible for helping the congregation to move back into the community
and to reestablish old programs and start new ones. In September of 2005, the
congregation called long time member and organist to the pulpit. Rev. Renwick
Bell was ordained on September 3, and installed as pastor on September 4, 2005.
Rev. Bell served as Pastor until June, 2014. In September, 2014, the Rev.
Catherine Dearlove of England was called as the Provisional Pastor.
The Rev. Jack M. Copas, age 62, has served in pastoral ministry within
for 37 years. Within that time he served eight churches in The Greater New
Jersey Conference of the United
Church. Some of those churches were rural, suburban,
and urban. He has also served as a chaplain in a maximum security prison in
upstate New York. He comes to ministry from a posture
of liberation and he cherishes a witness for social justice concerns.
Rev. Jack holds a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University
He was ordained Deacon in 1978 and Elder in 1980.
Jack has led several Volunteer in Mission (VIM) groups for the General Board of
Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. His projects took him to
Africa, Haiti, Nicaragua, the Mid East, South East Asia, John's
Island, South Carolina,
and New Orleans
after Katrina. He served on the Board of International Habitat For Humanity.
Additionally he taught middle school English and Social Studies for three years
in the Bronx for the New York City Board of
Education. Now that he has retired and moved to Boynton Beach, he plans to complete a book he
has been writing about unconditional love. He also plans to continue writing on
various issues for religious publications. He completed his certification to be
an Interim Pastor within MCC in early 2015 and would like to help churches in
transition between an outgoing ministry and an incoming one. He has joyfully led
the Church of
Our Savior faith community
as their Interim Pastor since July of
Jack has three grown sons and two grandchildren. But his passion and the love of
his life is Milo, his dog, whom he has had for
almost 8 years.
He goes by The Rev. Jack M. Copas, D-Min. for publication purposes. However, he
prefers people to call him Rev. Jack, or Pastor Jack.
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Church By Laws
Church of Our Savior, MCC
2011 South Federal Highway
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Mailing Address: 303
E. Woolbright Rd., PMB #242, Boynton Beach, FL.
Our Sunday Worship is at 10:00
Contact us at: (561) 733-4000
We are an
all people affirming and welcoming Congregation - Everyone is welcomed and
respect and love. We have a special outreach to the GLBT Community