When Mosaic Church in Ocean Springs began in Pastor Dustin Boles' living room back in March 2008. the first gathering brought about 19 people.
Boles was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base as a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force. He spent four years in the service at KAFB and felt the Coast was where he wanted to start a church.
Today, Mosaic Church in Ocean Springs has a bi-weekly attendance average of 2,500 to 3,000 people.
The church launched publicly on Aug. 3, 2008, in Ocean Springs. The current home has been located at "In The Zone," a skating arena on U.S. 90 in one of the busiest areas of the city.
The church has outgrown its location and decided it is time to move.
Boles, his staff and members are working on a remodel of the old Bayview Furniture building in Bienville Square just down the road from the church's current location.
"We will have better parking and a sense of permanence geographically," Boles said. "The great price that the church paid for the new location was also a huge plus because we can concentrate on future growth and use our funds to remodel and make this a great place. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that we were able, by God's grace, to pay cash for the building?"
The new Mosaic building is about 40,000 square feet with a sanctuary that will hold about 1,100 people. They also will have a wedding and funeral chapel as well as a children's' sanctuary. The new location is slated to open in the spring.
Mosaic is involved in many local outreach programs and Boles says that the church's mission is visual, physical and spiritual.
"We simply love people where they are and bring Jesus to them however, wherever and whenever we can," Boles said.
Mosaic Church is non-denominational and part of ACTS 29, an organization that establishes churches around the world. The church also has a Gulfport campus.