St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church strives to fulfill the biblical verse, “whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus”, Colossians 1:28. In doing so, our mission is to perfect our congregation physically through sports ministry, emotionally through counseling and community support, mentally through providing biblical education, and spiritually through preaching Orthodoxy and church dogma. All of these ministries work together to fulfill the ultimate goal of bringing every person close to Christ Jesus.
Our church opened its doors in 1986 with hopes to serve Copts who have moved East from Los Angeles, California.The late hegumen Father Daniel Farag was ordained in 1990, and through his care and direction, the congregation of the church purchased an allotment of land around the hills of Grand Terrace and build a church. They built our beautiful church in the modern Coptic shape of Noah's Ark. All iconography in the church is handwritten by the late Dr. Issac Fanous. Our current Parish consists of Father Macarius Shehata, Father Bishoy Ray, and Archie Mina Tadrous
Father Macarius Shehata
On March 29, 1944, Father Macarius Shehata was born in Assiut, Egypt. He was ordained a Priest by His Grace, Bishop Serapion on January 14th in 2001. He first served at St. Mary of Egypt Church in Santa Clarita and St. Justina Church in Rancho Cucamonga before becoming the priest at St. Mina in 2003.
Father Bishoy Ray
Fr. Bishoy was born August 13. He grew up in Heliopolis, Cairo and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a diploma in management from the American University in Cairo in 1996, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies from the Coptic Seminary in Cairo in 1998. Before his ordination to the priesthood, Fr. Bishoy served as a youth servant and Sunday school teacher for the middle school and high school youth at Saint George & Saint Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church in Heliopolis. He also served with the Coptic clubs and the Middle School Youth Committee of the Bishopric of Youth. Fr. Bishoy was ordained to the priesthood on September 9, 2001. He served at St. Antonius Coptic Orthodox Church in Hayward, CA for 10 years before moving to Southern California and Serving at St Mina in 2017.B
Archdeacon Mina Tadrous
Archdeacon Mina Tadrous was born in 1946.He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alexandria, Egypt. He worked in the Ministry of Irrigation in Egypt from 1970 to 1988 prior to moving to the United States. Since then, he worked in construction, primarily that of churches.His Grace Bishop Serapion ordained him as an archdeacon to serve St. Mina Church in Riverside on November 24, 2006.