MOSAIC CHURCH CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF FAITHFULNESS!
“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” – Thessalonians 5:24.
You are warmly invited to come experience and join us in celebrating God’s faithfulness to Mosaic on Sunday, April 3, beginning at 10:00 A.M. That morning, former NFL player, Miles McPherson, pastor of the 20,000 member Rock Church in San Diego, CA, will be our featured speaker alongside guest worship leader, Dathan Thigpen, winner of season 8 Sunday Best: All-Stars on BET. The fun, festivities, and fellowship will continue after the service with lunch provided and activities for the whole family beginning at 11:30 A.M.
For the past 20 years, the people of Mosaic have faithfully followed God in pursuit of a dream. From the day in May 2001 that Mark & Linda DeYmaz committed themselves to establish a church for all people in the heart of one of the south’s most historically racialized cities, Mosaic has been advancing faith, peace, hope, and love throughout Little Rock and beyond.
From the beginning, Mosaic’s mission has been to know God and make Him known through the pursuit of unity. In October 2002, Harry & Melanie Li moved from Moscow, Idaho, to become part of our staff team and help write the story. Some nine months later, in the summer of 2003, the church leased nearly 80,000 sq. ft. of abandoned retail space on Colonel Glenn Rd., and began to establish programs to serve people in need living in Little Rock’s under resourced 72204 community.
As the complexity of needs became increasingly evident, the people of Mosaic responded by birthing a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit called Vine and Village. From 2003 and to this day, programs such as The Orchard (Little Rock’s largest food distribution program), Immerse Arkansas (serving young people aging out of foster care), EAIS (an immigration counseling and legal services office), our internationally recognized, award-winning CPR Chess Club for for at-risk children, The Prep Room (providing free clothing, coats, and shoes), and many more, have all been established and continue to effectively impact thousands of lives every year.
Mosaic was the first Protestant congregation in Little Rock to begin intentional and integrated ministry to Hispanics and Latinos. As early as the fall of 2001, the church prioritized the hiring of Hispanic and Latinos. In 2006, Pastors Alberto and Esther Alcacio joined the team and for more than 15 years have led Mosaic’s efforts to reach, disciple, and serve 1st generation Spanish-speakers. Today, on Sunday mornings, the church offerers both English and Spanish-speaking venues for worship and provides for integrated children and student ministries through which the future of the church is being established.
The 2012 purchase of the former Kmart at the intersection of Asher/Colonel Glenn Rd. and University Dr., provided the church a permanent home and greatly expanded the scope of its ministry. In the summer of 2015, 10 Fitness opened a location in the building to provide clean and safe workout facilities for the community. More recently, CWP Productions began hosting events in the facilities and 100 Families (a division of Restore Hope Arkansas) established its Pulaski County Resource Center in the building.. All of this is part of a model of Mosaic’s disruptive model for effective community transformation.
For more than 20 years, God has proven Himself faithful to accomplish His will in and through us, the people and passion of Mosaic. The church is a bright light in the public square where today diverse men and women from nearly 30 nations continue to walk, work, and worship God together as one for the glory of God, to both seek and advance the common good in a city we love and call home.
Miles McPherson is the founding pastor of Rock Church in San Diego, CA, and former defensive back for the San Diego Chargers. He is the author of numerous books, including The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation.
Dathan Thigpen is a gospel singer, worship leader and actor, best known as the Season 8 (2015) winner of BET’s “Sunday Best: All Stars.” He has been a featured singer on albums by John P. Kee, Benjamin Cone III and the Mississippi Children’s Choir.