6386 Sapphire St. Rancho Cucamonga CA 91701

Our Story

Est. 2003
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

About Saint Justina Coptic Church

Get to know more about what makes us different.

St. Justina Coptic Orthodox Church is nestled in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Its establishment in 2003 was aimed to serve the Coptic families residing in and near this region, as the area continued to grow both residentially and commercially.

Our small, quaint church–which began with just 35 families–now serves over 600 families and continues to grow as more people join our church family. That is a special characteristic of St. Justina–the welcoming arms of our congregation consider you family here. That’s the general consensus of the congregation (and we actually asked them).

Like all families, our church’s history is not without some struggle. When the church began in 2003, we rented a hall from a nearby Catholic church under Fr. Macarius Shehata. In October of 2003, however, Fr. John Mikhail instead began serving our church.

During this time, space limited many of the services we had–to the point where there was only one Sunday School classroom for the entire church to use and hymns classes were held at homes of willing congregation members. However limiting, these inconveniences fashioned a church body full of creativity, service, patience, and genuine love for God and one another.

As we outgrew the space and the Catholic church required the use of the hall we rented, we found ourselves faced with the task of finding a new place. Regardless of our search though, there was simply no building or church that was suitable for us.
 At one point, Metropolitan Serapion, Bishop at that time, suggested that we use the smaller church building of a nearby Coptic Church–St. John in Covina. However, assimilation into their church congregation–and disappearance of ours–soon became a  looming concern for our church congregation. Through nothing short of God’s unfailing power, we found an appropriate office building to transform into a church all within the last month of the deadline.

During our 8 year stay in our second location, we expanded our services to accommodate the growing congregation as we grew together in Christ. Blessed with our own space (we finally had separate Sunday School classes!), we initiated meetings for the elderly and for the youth, hymns classes, and family and youth retreats. We celebrated Church feasts, holidays and fellowship as one family at our monthly and holiday park days. We welcomed each New Year together as all the Sunday School classes prepared a performance for that night. Summer meant Summer Camp, evening game nights, retreats and spiritual competitions. Under the stewardship of Father John, we found ourselves outgrowing the building and in need of a move.

Our current–and final–home was purchased in the summer of 2012. By Gods Grace, it too has witnessed and welcomed many new families, services and growth.  As our church body continues to grow, we are currently building a new building on our land that will be well used as a home for our Sunday School classes, book store, industrial kitchen and social hall, amongst other purposes. As we continue to grow, we hope and pray that God continues to bless us as we fight the good fight in unity.

So, we invite you to come and see. Our family is always in need of new members, and we’d love to have you here!

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