In 2008, Bishop John B., the late Evangelist Earline McIntyre and then, Minister Lamar P. McIntyre answered the call from God and founded the Courts of Praise Christian Church (COPCC). On Sunday, March 2, 2008 the Courts of Praise Christian Church opened its doors at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Ballroom in Forestville, Maryland.
Since the conception of COPCC, several ministries have been added to enhance the worship experience and ultimately better serve our surrounding communities. These flourishing ministries include COPCC Music, Floetry in Motion (Dance/Poetry), (Men’s Ministry), (Women’s Ministry), Fresh Fire Fridays (Fellowship Services), Hospitality & Pastor’s Aid Committees, Audio Visual, Youth for Christ, Sunday School and Helps & Support. However, the Trustee, Usher, Missionary and Deacon Boards are also instrumental in sustaining the church. As all the ministries continue to grow and thrive, it is the church’s desire that new members will join the fellowship.
As the church expands, God continues to provide. He has transitioned COPCC from the VFW to a storefront off of Ritchie Road; then, a shared facility with Joshua Christian Center of Camp Springs, MD; and now, its current location in Temple Hills, MD. COPCC is trusting God, ultimately, for its own edifice.
The clergy and congregation of Courts of Praise Church look forward to the GREAT work that God is doing within this Body of Christ and we welcome you to share with us.
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!
Reverend Lamar P. McIntyre is the Senior Pastor and one of the organizers of The Courts of Praise Christian Church, Temple Hills, Maryland where his lovely wife Lady Keisha McIntyre serves by his side as First Lady. Reverend McIntyre is the Father of two lovely ladies Keiara and Essence McIntyre. Reverend McIntyre served as Associate Minister at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Cumberland, Maryland under the pastorate of his father Bishop John B. McIntyre and mother, the late Co-Pastor Earline McIntyre for 14 years.
Reverend McIntyre was ordained in August of 2008 by the National Association Council of Community Churches of America and Elsewhere, Incorporated. He received Baptist ordination in December of 2013 from the Living Faith Baptist Church in Washington, DC under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Edwin E. Jones, Sr. Reverend McIntyre is a member in good standing with the Missionary Baptist Minister’s Conference of Washington, DC and the Baptist Convention of DC & Vicinity. He is a certified member in good standing with the Joint College of African-American Bishop’s located in Cleveland, Ohio. In July of 2016, then Reverend McIntyre was consecrated and elevated to the office of Overseer and in December of 2021 he was elevated to Bishop-Designate under the hand of The Honorable Bishop C. Anthony Muse, Presiding Bishop of The Ark United Christian Community Churches, International, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Reverend McIntyre holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Leadership from The Faith Bible College and Seminary located in Washington, D.C. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree with a concentration in African American Church studies from The Wesley Theological Seminary in May of 2020. Reverend McIntyre is presently in post graduate studies as a Doctor of Ministry student at the Historic Howard University School of Divinity.
Reverend McIntyre is the author of the book, “Marriage Made Sweet” which has been sold in Europe, Canada and throughout the United States. There are a numerous amount of awards and achievements that Reverend McIntyre has accomplished and could share however; Reverend McIntyre believes in the saying; Good, Better, Best, Never let it Rest…Until your Good is Better and Your Better is Best!!
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