History

History

History

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.