Coptic immigrants resided in the Kansas City area since the 1960's and as in many other communities in the USA, they brought with them the millennial ancestral faith and church rites.
The Coptic Church was established by St. Mark the Evangelist in the First Century AD and lives ever since. It has significant contribution to Christendom. The writings of Origen, Clemet
and many other scholars of the old theological school in Alexandria, Monasticism; established by St Anthony, and the defense of the faith by St. Athanasius the Apostolic; author of the
Christian Creed, are contributions of the Coptic Church. Copts count about 15 Million as their members
in Egypt and constitute a vibrant and patriotic element of the modern Egyptian society. The Copts immigrated to the US and their numbers are estimated to be about 200,000 up to 1 million in
the US and another 200,000 in Canada.
Copts in Kansas City established their church in the 1970’s. Over the years, St. Mark has been served by several clergy members from larger Coptic churches in the United States. St. Mark has
also had the privilege of several visits from Coptic Bishops stationed in the USA as well as from various Bishops from Egypt.
In 1993, St. Mark congregation purchased a building in at 10024 West 49th Street in Merriam, Kansas (a suburb of the Kansas City Metropolitan area) they used as their church until April
In 2016 St. Mark congregation purchased a much larger building that they reside in today at 700 E. 110th Street, Kansas City, Missouri and they changed the name of the new church to Saint
Mary & Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Church. We celebrated our first Holy Liturgy on Sunday April 17, 2016.
St. Mary & Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Kansas City is home to approximately 30 families. Services are conducted weekly and include Vespers, Holy Mass, Bible Study, Youth
Meeting, and Sunday School.
|Saint Mary & Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Church
of Kansas City