THE CHURCH OF FIRSTS

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC’s many “firsts” mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus”—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.

EXTRAVAGANT WELCOME

At Miami Beach Community Church we model the teachings of Jesus Christ through an open-minded ministry of inclusiveness and compassion, committed to faithfulness, service to the community and life-long spiritual development. We live out our faith whether feeding the hungry and homeless or marching in the Gay parade. We help build houses for the poor and help equip the homeless as they transform their lives. We are committed to social justice and believe that God is still-speaking.We welcome all to Christ’s table and uphold the sacraments of Communion and Baptism. People from many denominations and all walks of life are part of our family. We are equals. We are a congregational church, where everyone has a voice and we seek to fulfill God’s will as a community of believers

WELCOME TO MIAMI BEACH COMMUNITY CHURCH

Miami Beach Community Church (MBCC) was built in 1921 making our sanctuary the oldest church in Miami Beach. Though we have a beautiful and historic campus, our thinking is progressive and our ministries are dynamic and spirit-filled. MBCC reflects the diversity and energy of South Beach. Our church is exciting and alive. When you walk in the doors of the church you are greeted by fellow seekers—all are welcome at Miami Beach Community Church, regardless of where you are on life’s journey.

MIAMI BEACH COMMUNITY CHURCH WELCOMES IT’S 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS | Meet the Board

Miami Beach, FL… April 2018- Built in 1921 on land donated by Carl Fisher, the MIAMI BEACH COMMUNITY CHURCH (MBCC) – the oldest church in Miami Beach and Member of the United Church of Christ – is proud to announce its 2018 Board of Directors & officers.

MEET THE BOARD

JOHN DALKOWSKI | Chair

John A. Dalkowski III, CRE, MAI has been attending MBCC since moving from New York City to Miami Beach in 1999. John is a highly regarded commercial real estate professional with more than 45 years of extensive experience in real estate counseling and investment analysis, litigation support & expert witness services, acquisitions, dispositions and workout strategies, and real estate development, valuation, and marketing. John is the owner of National Real Estate Research, LLC, and has been a self-employed real estate entrepreneur since 1971 – as a developer, general contractor, broker and commercial valuation professional. He has provided valuation / consulting services on hundreds of properties, exceeding $10 Billion in cumulative value, and has an extensive range of geographical experience in more than 26 U.S. states. Most important, John is pleased to volunteer his time and experience on two not-for-profit boards, as well as a variety of other volunteer activities at MBCC.

ERIC DONAHOE | Vice-Chair

After earning a BBA with a concentration in Banking and Finance in 1980 Eric Donahoe joined the Travelers Insurance Company as a Commercial Lines Underwriter Trainee. After a yearlong training program he was assigned an underwriting territory working with over 20 agencies in Central and South Mississippi. In 1982 he joined The Bottrell Insurance Agency and in 1991 assumed the role of Commercial Lines and Personal Lines Manager where responsibilities included coordinating and managing marketing and placement, production, agency contracts and carrier relationships. Responsibilities also included training and mentoring new producers for the agency. In 2001 Donahoe was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Bottrell where he was responsible for improving performance and efficiency of staff and integrating acquisitions. In 2006 he joined Seitlin Insurance Agency, a South Florida Agency with offices in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach as Chief Marketing Officer. In 2007 he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer.   In 2011 Seitlin was acquired by Marsh & McLennan Agency and Donahoe continued his role as COO overseeing operations in 6 offices throughout Florida. In 2016 Donahoe rejoined his long time employer, Fisher Brown Bottrell, as Director of Insurance Marketing for all of the agencies locations throughout Mississippi, Florida and Tennessee. He has been responsible for providing oversight for marketing of client accounts to property and casualty insurance companies, insurance carrier relationships, and business activities for client risk management services. In March of 2018 he assumed the role of Chief Operations Officer for Fisher Brown Bottrell. He has served on agent/broker advisory councils for numerous insurance companies throughout his career at both state and national levels. He also serves in leadership roles in various community organizations such as the University of Mississippi Risk Management and Insurance Advisory Board.

Community activist, historian, preservationist and freelance writer, Herb Sosa is a founding member of, and currently serves as President of Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida, offering Leadership, Protection & Promotion of Latino|Hispanic LGBTQ rights. As a MBCC Board member, Sosa also works closely with our community on issues of Diversity, Marketing, Liturgical arts & restoration of our Sanctuary & campus for our upcoming 100th anniversary.

 

ANGELA GRIFFIN 

 

Angela A. Griffin a native of Barbados and raised in Boston, Ma. She is a loving wife to Dennis Griffin and devoted member at Miami Beach Community Church. When she is not at taking care of her lovely yorkies Nala and Remy she works as a Billing Coordinator at Jackson North Hospital. Angela is also an avid member of WIN (Women Inspired Now) and Co-Chair of the fellowship committee at MBCC. She joined MBCC in 2013 and served as the head usher for 2 years. Her heart is filled with compassion and she loves God. As a woman of faith and prayer she now serves a Disciple and a Deacon at the church looking forward to greater things to come.

ELLEN FRAZER-JAMESON

Ellen Frazer-Jameson has been attending Miami Beach Community Church since 2000.  On a Sunday morning walk down Lincoln Road she was mesmerized by the sound of the music radiating from the sanctuary.   Now she is honored to be a member of the choir – and blessed to sing with the amazing professional singers from Florida Grand Opera and other volunteer choir participants.  Ellen is a published author, journalist and former BBC broadcaster. She is also a theatre professional and educator.  She returns to her hometown of London regularly but admits Miami Beach weather is better!

PETER A. CHEVALIER

Peter Chevalier has over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry specializing in the practice of real estate sales, architecture and construction management. After graduating from the Syracuse University School of Architecture in 1987, Peter started his career as a designer at SOM Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s New York Office. Prior to relocating to Miami Beach FL, Mr. Chevalier worked as a project director for ten years in Italy with the Rome & Florence offices of Ricci-Spaini Associatti. During Peter’s tenure he successfully completed projects for the US State Department in Cairo, Egypt and Naples, Italy as well as for private clients in Europe and the Middle East. Peter moved to South Florida in 2002 where Chevalier LLC was launched as a boutique real estate advisory, design and construction management firm. Chevalier LLC has delivered construction management services on projects including; Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach, South of Fifth Residences, Miami Beach and the Terrazas River Park Village, Miami. Peter has served on the boards for the March Of Dimes, Miami Beach Housing Authority, Miami Beach Design Review Board and the Miami Beach Community Church’s board which he continues to serve on today. Peter resides in Miami Beach with his wife, Darline and two daughters who he loves very much.

Ex Officio | SCOTT SHACKELTON | Treasurer 

After a rewarding career helping Small Business owners and professionals develop their businesses to their potential, Scott now volunteers extensively for several non-profits.  Scott helps MBCC record and report our finances with integrity and transparency as well as helps us be aware of how our relationship with money can be one indicator of our relationship with God. Scott Shackleton is a CPA with an MBA, and is a partner in funspotsrentals.com, offering High Quality, affordable vacations.

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MIAMI BEACH COMMUNITY CHURCH | MBCC reflects the diversity and energy of South Beach. Our church is exciting and alive. When you walk in the doors of the church you are greeted by fellow seekers—all are welcome at Miami Beach Community Church, regardless of where you are on life’s journey.

 

At Miami Beach Community Church we model the teachings of Jesus Christ through an open-minded ministry of inclusiveness and compassion, committed to faithfulness, service to the community and life-long spiritual development.

 

From its inception, the church observed open communion – which means that all people, no matter who they are, or where they are in their life’s journey, are welcome to participate in the service held on the first Sunday of each month.

A Member of the United Church of Christ 1620 Drexel Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 538-4511 | contactus@miamibeachcommunitychurch.org | www.miamibeachcommunitychurch.org

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