December 3, 2012
A Sunday school volunteer at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa allegedly formed relationships with children in his church and went on to sexually abuse at least one of them multiple times between November 2009 and November 2011, according to church leaders and court documents. Two families at Rock Harbor came forward with new allegations against Christopher Bryan McKenzie, the pool cleaner accused of years-long sexual relationships with at least three children younger than 14, pastors said Monday night.
April 10, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Parishioners welcomed back Rock Harbor Pastor Mark Howerton after he spent a month in the hospital with injuries sustained when he was struck by a car while helping victims in another accident. Howerton, 30, received a standing ovation as his wheelchair entered the church's tent Friday evening, just hours after being released from the hospital. Friends came up and shook his hand and hugged him as the Good Friday service began. "It's still a long road to recovery," Howerton said as he was wheeled into the tent.
July 25, 2007
Starting Sept. 2, the Beacon church in Anaheim will move to Costa Mesa for six months. The congregation will meet at Rock Harbor church, 345 Fischer Ave., while it looks for a new permanent home in the area, Beacon Lead Pastor Ric Olsen said. While at Rock Harbor, the Beacon congregation will also receive some "mentoring" from Rock Harbor leaders, he added. "We want to work on the way we do church," Olsen said. "We want to be known as a church resource and a catalyst for change in the community."
January 31, 2004
Deirdre Newman After six years of renting, Rock Harbor is finally dropping anchor and settling down in a place of its own. The church, which evolved from an offshoot of Mariners Church, has been renting space at the Costa Mesa Senior Center, but the services usually draw large crowds. Church officials have gotten city approval to establish their church within an industrial building at 345 Fischer Ave. Church officials say the building -- at 35,000 square feet -- will provide more space and flexibility in what they can offer.
December 5, 2012
A Sunday school volunteer at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa allegedly formed relationships with boys in his congregation and went on to sexually abuse at least one of them multiple times between November 2009 and November 2011, according to a criminal complaint and interviews with church leaders. These charges came to light after Newport Beach police announced Saturday that Christopher Bryan McKenzie, 48, of Costa Mesa, had been arrested for allegedly having years-long sexual relationships with two boys.
July 22, 2008
The Costa Mesa Senior Center will partner with Newport-Mesa churches Saturday in a car wash to raise funds for the center’s programs. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of Rock Harbor and Newport Mesa churches will wash cars at 695 W. 19th St. There will be a suggested $5 donation as well as a hot dog, chips and a drink available for an extra $2. The churches have set up the car wash as part of Serve Day, a day in which numerous churches venture...
October 11, 2001
As we all watched the horrifying scenes of ground zero on Sept. 11, there was an eerie sound in the background. Do you recall? Something like car alarms? I recently learned that these piercing sounds were distress signals from firefighters. The signal is heard when a firefighter on a call is suddenly motionless. On this day, hundreds were stopped all at once in a crashing inferno, all in a single morning, leaving behind only the sound of their distress call.
October 16, 2003
Not all in Newport- Mesa are canceling I am writing in reference to a letter from Joann Kenton in the Oct. 14 edition, regarding her letter about the liberal media. Kenton suggested we are all threatening to cancel the Los Angeles Times Orange County edition. I do not know where you got that impression from. I am not canceling. I am perfectly happy with the Los Angeles Times. RALPH ROLLINS Costa Mesa Rock Harbor deserved more mention in 103 On the DP 103 Spotlight on Religion, you really missed one. You have one of the fastest growing churches in Costa Mesa called Rock Harbor, and Mike Erre is the pastor, and he was left off the list.
November 28, 2004
They were not 40 years in the desert, but the congregation of Rock Harbor Church nevertheless has been on a lengthy journey to find a home. It's a journey that is finally over. After seven years of searching for a permanent place to hold services, members of the nondenominational church -- founded as an offshoot of Mariners Church in Irvine -- settled in last weekend in a building near John Wayne Airport. The church is leasing the 35,000-square-foot former warehouse and spent $1.9 million, not to mention plenty of volunteer labor, renovating it. Rock Harbor's quick rise to prominence -- nearly 3,000 people attend services weekly -- has been well-documented.
August 5, 2004
Jeff Benson Richard Morse and Douglas Root were both known for their unwavering compassion and their participation in Newport-Mesa youth sports circles, but the similarities don't end there. The two died six days apart and at relatively young ages. Morse, 48, died in his sleep at his Costa Mesa home July 26. He served as a soccer coach for Carden Hall, as a coach for community basketball teams and was a longtime volunteer referee for Costa Mesa's American Youth Soccer Organization.