The Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches was founded on November 22, 1981 when five people met for prayer and discussion.
The following Sunday, with encouragement from the pastor of MCC Ft. Lauderdale, Rev. John Gill, the first worship service was held with six people in attendance.
The group grew rapidly, attaining official status as a Study Group with Mr. Richard Ross named as the first Worship Coordinator.
Important Milestones in Our History:
February 1982 Troy Perry makes first of many visits to MCCPB.
January 1983 Rev. Thomas Bigelow called as MCCPB’s first full-time pastor; Under Rev. Bigelow’s leadership, MCCPB helps to establish Hope House, a residence for people living with AIDS.
June 1983 MCCPB found its first home at The Women’s Club of West Palm Beach.
May 1984 MCCPB is granted Mission Status.
May 1985 MCCPB is granted Chartered Church Status.
November 1988 Rev. Bigelow elected Southeast District Coordinator.
April 1989 Rev. Julia Seward is elected pastor.
December 1990 MCCPB leases its own church facilities on 45th Street, complete with sanctuary, offices, and meeting rooms.
October 1992 Rev. Seward elected pastor of MCC Key West.
May 1993 Rev. Marion Harrison is called as Senior Pastor and served until his retirement in 1998.
June 1999 Rev. Jim Martin elected as pastor.
March 2000 MCCPB purchases property at 4857 Northlake Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
August 13, 2000 First worship service held in MCCPB’s new home.
November 5, 2000 New Property is consecrated by Rev. Elder Troy Perry, Rev. John Gill, and Rev. Judy Davenport.
March 2002 The 1st Annual Rainbow Ball is held and has since become MCCPB’s largest community outreach and fundraiser.
December 2003 Rev. Martin resigns to pursue other interests.
September 2004 Hurricanes Frances and Jean come ashore, inflicting over $90,000 in damage to the church property.
October 2004 Rev. Paul Whiting elected pastor.
September 2005 Rev. Whiting leads congregation in rededication of Sanctuary and facilities.
May 2006 MCCPB hires Shawn Thomas as its Part-Time Minister of Music and Administrator.
January 2009 Jeremiah Cummings hired as Part-Time Administrator and Minister of Music.
May 2009 Rev. Whiting, encouraged by UFMCC Board of Elders, accepts pastorate in London, Ontario, Canada.
September 2009 Rev. Patrick Rogers is appointed Provisional Pastor; the Bill Meissner Food Pantry of MCCPB becomes a subsidiary of Feeding South Florida.
January 2010 Pastoral Search Team elected.
March 1, 2011 Rev. Dr. Lea Brown begins serving as MCCPB Senior Pastor.
October 2011 MCCPB launches the Kevin McGee HIV/AIDS Drop-In Center.
November 2011 MCCPB celebrates its 30th Anniversary with MCC Founder Rev. Troy Perry; the Bill Meissner Food Pantry of MCCPB serves over 2,000 individuals in one month for the first time.
July 2012 Jeremiah Cummings promoted to MCCPB’s first Full-Time Director of Music and Worship.
January 2013 MCCPB’s first live praise and worship band, “Fully Alive”, begins leading worship one Sunday a month.
May 2013 Rev. Marian Cavagnaro joins MCCPB as a volunteer clergy on staff, serving as Pastor of Congregational Life.
September 2016 Justin Callahan joins the MCCPB staff as Program Director and Ministry Intern.
November 2016 MCCPB celebrates its 35th Anniversary with guest preacher Bishop Yvette Flunder.
April 2017 MCCPB purchases a new organ and grand piano, fulfilling a major goal in our strategic plan.