ABOUT US

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)

St. Mary Coptic Orthodox church is a friendly Christian community where we welcome Christians and those who seek to understand Christianity in the Victorville area. Our emphasis is on learning and understanding the Bible and following the example of Jesus Christ.

The vision of St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church is to make an impact for God, here in Victorville, California by helping people understand the enriching messages of eternal hope given to us by Jesus Christ through His words and deeds. Our aim is to make contact with and encourage others to join us in our life-enhancing Christian journey. 

The Church keeps her congregation informed with the latest news and events within Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, Victorville, California, the Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii as well as the church abroad through news stories, press releases, announcements, and more.


Saint Mary Background

Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Victorville was founded in 1988 to serve the Coptic Christian community in
the Victor Valley area, north of San Bernardino.

For two years, the congregation gathered in a private residence to worship and pray the Divine Liturgy and study the Holy Scriptures. In 1990, the small congregation purchased a 1.12 acres vacant lot where His Holiness Pope Shenouda III placed the church cornerstone.

In 1992, the church purchased a small house built on a 1.12 acres lot adjacent to the corner lot. The house was renovated and remodeled into a small church facing east with a small alter.

In 1995, the congregation prayed the first Liturgy in the newly remodeled building.

Several Diocese Clergy have served the church, including Hegumen Father Gawargious Kolta, The Late Hegumen Father Bishoy Ghobreial, and the late Father Samuel Samaan and many of the dioceses’ clergy.

On January 24, 1999, H. E. Metropolitan Serapion ordained Father John Mikhail as the church’s first priest dedicated to serve the parish.

Then on February 26, 2004, H. H. Pope Shenouda III of Blessed Memories and H. E. Metropolitan Serapion ordained Father Michael Ibrahim to start his service as the parish priest while Father John Mikhail was assigned to serve Saint Justina in Rancho Cucamonga.

Father Michael Ibrahim was received at church on May 28, 2004.