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A different kind of church grows rapidly

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

By Doug Walker – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - In anyone's book, Mosaic Church is a religious success story. The church began a little more than two years ago with just 19 people on board. Now it has more than 1400 members. 

Mark Jeansonne is a greeter at the door, and has been with the church since day one. 

"I heard about this church, and I walked in here and talked to Dustin and I got hooked. And I enjoy it," Jeansonne said. 

Dustin Boles is the pastor of Mosaic, a man that doesn't look like you typical pastor.  His message isn't typical either. 

"We kick the front door off the church," Boles said. "There's a lot of front doors on churches. One, you've got to be a certain type of person, dress a certain way, not have a past and that pretty much shuts the door and we've just tried to open the door and let people in."  

Many things can contribute to the success of any church up and down the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but what stands out at Mosaic Church in Ocean Springs is the relaxed atmosphere.  After all, they meet in a skating rink. 

Teddie Toth is another greeter, and couldn't agree more. 

"Well, we're real laid back here," Toth said. "We just preach the bible, we preach Genesis to Revelations, and we have a great pastor that really brings it to us this day and age.  I just really like it, like the music."

Speaking of the music, the church band brings down the house every Sunday, and brings up the hearts of those listening. 

There's also a feeling of family at Mosaic. Beth Nacol is a member.  

"What brought us here is this church is focused on God," Nacol said. "That's the most important thing in a church.  We love the people here, they treat us like family.  You know, we're military, so we don't have our real family here. And these people have become our family." 

And it's not just a church for adults.  Even the younger folks learn about the Gospel at Mosaic.  And they have a lot of fun while doing it. 

But perhaps the most important things about Mosaic Church is something that comes from the heart, according to Pastor Boles.  

"It would break my heart for somebody to come into our church and feel unwelcome.  That would kill me." 

Mosaic Church holds two Sunday morning worship services.  Because of the incredible growth, church officials have added a Saturday evening service as well. Learn more online at mosaicgc.com.

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