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October 2, 2001
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- Usually blaring with harmonious tunes of praise music, Rock Harbor Church was eerily quiet Sunday after its elders announced the church's founder and pastor, Keith Page, was asked to step down as a result of an extramarital affair. At each of the four services, church officials told the congregation of nearly 2,000 about Page's affair with a female church member whose name and age were not released. Although the 36-year-old Page was not present, elders read a letter Page had written to his church "family."
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 1, 2013
A Costa Mesa Sunday school volunteer and pool cleaner accused of sexually abusing young boys pleaded not guilty Friday to the 16 felony counts he faces. During his arraignment at Orange County Mens Jail in Santa Ana, Christopher Bryan McKenzie denied charges that he abused four boys, including at least two he met through Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa. Newport Beach police arrested McKenzie in November on suspicion of sexually abusing two boys, one over a period from the late 1990s to 2005 and the other from 2005 to 2007.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 1, 2012
Newport Beach police arrested a Costa Mesa man Saturday suspected of having inappropriate sexual relationships that spanned years with at least two boys. Christopher Bryan McKenzie, 48, allegedly sexually abused at least two victims between the ages of 8 and 16. Newport Beach police said both victims, now adults, contacted police separately early last week. One victim was abused from the late 1990s to 2005, and the second victim was abused from 2005 to 2007, Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said.
NEWS
November 18, 2000
Congregation members from churches of varying denominations will meet at the Orange County Fairgrounds on Sunday for "The Stirring," a worship event organized by Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa. The event will be the fifth held by Rock Harbor Church since it started them in August 1999 at Orange Coast College. The "stirrings" were moved to the fairgrounds because of high attendance, said Stacy Scott, director of communications and church events.
FEATURES
February 19, 2008
Faith-based leaders will partner with representatives from AIDS Services Foundation Orange County to host the second Annual Faith Community Kickoff from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rock Harbor Church, 345 Fischer Ave., Costa Mesa. The kickoff is designed to raise awareness and instruct community members on how they can form teams for the OC AIDS Walk, scheduled for May 10 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Last year, Rock Harbor’s team raised almost $50,000 at the AIDS Walk, and of the $700,000 total raised.
NEWS
January 31, 2004
Deirdre Newman Keith Page hit rock bottom in September 2001 when he resigned as the lead pastor of Rock Harbor Church after admitting to an extramarital affair with one of his parishioners. Following his resignation, he and his wife, Gina, embarked on a recovery process to restore his relationship with God, his relationship with Gina and to restore him to public pastoral ministry. They were also inspired to found a ministry of their own, called Rock Bottom, to share his experience with others going through crises.
NEWS
January 12, 2004
Here are some of the items the commission will consider Monday. ZONING APPEAL On Nov. 20, 2003, the zoning administrator, Perry Valantine, approved a request to demolish a one-story residence and detached two-car garage and build a new two-story house at 2160 Myran Drive. Council members Chris Steel and Libby Cowan and Planning Commissioner Katrina Foley appealed the decision because they said they felt the amount of public opposition to the project justified having a public hearing before the Planning Commission.
NEWS
January 24, 2000
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA -- The Planning Commission will vote Monday on whether to allow a popular church to build a temporary tent on West 17th Street. The Rock Harbor Church congregation has been holding its services at the Costa Mesa Senior Center and from a roving trailer. Church leaders are requesting the city allow them to set up the 7,000-square-foot tent on a lot at Monrovia Avenue owned by Newport Beach-based Griswold Industries. Griswold President and CEO, Martin W. Pickett, wrote a letter to the city stating he would welcome the church there.
NEWS
November 1, 2007
Local churches and nonprofit organizations including Mariners Church, Rock Harbor Church, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and Hope Force International are joining to assemble more than 2,000 gift baskets that will be delivered to firefighters and their families throughout Orange County in the next week. MarinersResources.org, a program affiliated with Mariners Church, brings churches and businesses together to help community members in need, and operates a 12,000-square-foot warehouse on Sunflower and Main in Santa Ana. The group mobilized during last week’s fires, distributing relief supplies such as blankets, pillows, toiletries, bottled water and nonperishable food collected from the community to fire victims.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 29, 2013
Church opened on a Sunday morning in October with a Buffalo Springfield song. Glenn Parrish stood up and strummed a guitar; its finish was worn where he rests his elbow when he talks between songs. He danced, bending his lanky legs as he launched into the first lines. "There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear. " About 15 people sat around him in a circle of slouchy chairs and wide couches. Some clapped and sang. Others sat and listened.
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NEWS
By Lauren Williams | June 15, 2013
About 20 community members gathered at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa on Saturday morning, sitting at a work table to learn about resources available to those living on the streets. Some felt the need to reach out to those living on the streets. Others began at the Check-In Center off Newport Boulevard, where homeless people can store their belongings, and wanted to be able to connect those they meet with resources for getting out of homelessness. Everyone who came together at Rock Harbor on Red Hill Avenue this weekend expressed a common interest: deepening their understanding on what the homeless face.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 1, 2013
A Costa Mesa Sunday school volunteer and pool cleaner accused of sexually abusing young boys pleaded not guilty Friday to the 16 felony counts he faces. During his arraignment at Orange County Mens Jail in Santa Ana, Christopher Bryan McKenzie denied charges that he abused four boys, including at least two he met through Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa. Newport Beach police arrested McKenzie in November on suspicion of sexually abusing two boys, one over a period from the late 1990s to 2005 and the other from 2005 to 2007.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 1, 2012
Newport Beach police arrested a Costa Mesa man Saturday suspected of having inappropriate sexual relationships that spanned years with at least two boys. Christopher Bryan McKenzie, 48, allegedly sexually abused at least two victims between the ages of 8 and 16. Newport Beach police said both victims, now adults, contacted police separately early last week. One victim was abused from the late 1990s to 2005, and the second victim was abused from 2005 to 2007, Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said.
LOCAL
By Jim DeBoom | February 2, 2010
There is a charity group in town that I hadn’t heard of until I received their press release announcing that it had heeded the call to reach out to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. In five days, 22 members of the Young Men of Beach City Service League (BCSL) donated more than $1,800 worth of hygiene and first-aid items that the Haitians desperately need. They donated everything from soap and toothbrushes to Tylenol, bandages and vitamins. All of these supplies were taken to Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, and will be flown to Haiti for their Haiti Relief drive.
NEWS
January 23, 2010
We tip our hat to those Orange County residents, including many in Newport-Mesa, who have helped the people of Haiti in some way or another recover from the Jan. 12 earthquake. The massive temblor leveled the capital of Port-au-Prince, and the death toll could reach 200,000. Folks from throughout the county and the Daily Pilot’s coverage area, who represented different backgrounds and generations, came together to throw a lifeline to Haiti. This week especially, they did not let a nasty turn in the weather dampen their spirit of compassion.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | January 18, 2010
A week after a devastating earthquake in Haiti killed countless people, aid from local Orange County groups, including churches in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, is starting to make its way to the island, organizers said. Working with the larger organization Hope Force International, doctors working with OperationOC, a local disaster recovery group, are preparing to head to Haiti, said Ric Olsen, a member of OperationOC. Olsen said local churches, including St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach and Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, are sending money to OperationOC that will go toward the group’s long-term plans to help rebuild the Caribbean nation.
NEWS
June 4, 2009
WARDALL, WENDY MARIETTA, 22, passed into eternal life on May 12, 2009, with her family at her side after her life-long battle with cystic fibrosis. Wendy passed at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles while waiting for a lung transplant. Beloved daughter of Scott and Robin; sister of Wyatt and Lillian; granddaughter of Marietta Wardall of Denver and Janis Keuffer of New Orleans; niece of Skip (Cheryl) Wardall of Denver, Jon (Deb) Wardall of Idaho, Darla Coker of Minneapolis and Scot Broadus.
FEATURES
March 22, 2008
COSTA MESA Christ Lutheran Ministries 760 Victoria St., Costa Mesa 6:30 a.m. — Sunrise Service 8:30 a.m. — Traditional Service 10:30 am — Contemporary Service The Crossing 2115 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa 8:30, 9, 10, 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. — traditional services Fairview Community Church 2525 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa 10 a.m. — traditional service Harbor Christian Fellowship 740 W. Wilson St., Costa Mesa 10 a.m. — traditional bilingual service.
FEATURES
By RIC OLSEN | March 15, 2008
Church done well. We did it! We launched a new congregation into Orange last Sunday at El Modena High School. That is not as newsworthy as was the process. We launched out of Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa. Rock Harbor provided refuge for Orange residents for six months while we prepared to go. Rock Harbor had been amid a major thrust to “give themselves away,” and the congregation practiced it in tangible ways. The congregation allowed us to take up some of their prime seating during their most packed service.
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