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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 United Methodist Church for 37 years. Within that time he served eight churches in The Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist 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 Theological School in Madison, Rev JackNJ. 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 of Our Savior, MCC

2011 South Federal Highway

Boynton Beach, FL  33435
Mailing Address: 303 E. Woolbright Rd., PMB #242, Boynton Beach, FL.


e-mail: info.churchofoursaviormcc@gmail.com

Our Sunday Worship is at 10:00 AM

Contact us at: (561) 733-4000

We are an all people affirming and welcoming Congregation - Everyone is welcomed and treated with
respect and love. We have a special outreach to the GLBT Community