Pastor Rob McCoy:  “We have loved ones to bury”



By Michael Hernandez

NEWBURY PARK—“We have loved ones to bury, necks to hug, meals to bring, and we are going to do it” spoke Pastor Rob McCoy to hundreds of congregation members and community guests at Godspeak Calvary Chapel located in The Village at Dos Vientos Ranch, 320 Via Las Brisas.

The Sunday attendees included the parents of Justin Meek, many friends of victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting, members from congregations closed due to fire evacuations and reporters.

Pastor McCoy described the hours that had passed since the Wednesday night shooting that left 13 killed (including the shooter) and numbed a community known as “the safest city in America”  but which Thousand Oaks City Councilman Rob McCoy said “countless lives are safe because of the individuals that put their life on the line.”

McCoy spoke of the “seven in the bathroom” found by the shooter and of the countless cell phones left behind by those fleeing the Borderline Bar and Grill that were ringing endless through the morning on Thursday as families tried to inquire about their loved ones.

McCoy spoke of a “precious prayer vigil” at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza held Thursday night with other memorial events held at California Lutheran University and at Moorpark College.  “We got to mourn” without a political agenda or making the shooting into a “political issue.”

Prior to the message, congregation members had an opportunity to recite Rev. 21:4:  “and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There shall be no more pan, for the former things have passed away.”

 In his introductory comments, Pastor McCoy said “We love you” in reference to the veterans that have served America.   He honored Armistice Day on November 11, 1918 which ended fighting on land, sea and air between the Allies and Germany during World War I.  McCoy made reference to the “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”

Godspeak Calvary Chapel honored the shooting victims by showing pictures of them prior to the Sunday message given by Pastor Rob McCoy.  “Man does not have the answers,” said McCoy.   “Why are people coming here (Godspeak Calvary Chapel)?  Because we have something, we believe in.  Times like this is when your faith is tested.   I can tell you, my God has not wavered.  Everybody is looking for comfort.  We are stretched thin.”

After a long sermon introduction in which McCoy spoke of the hours he experienced as Mayor Pro-Tem and as a Sheriff Chaplain spending time with the grieving—going 60 hours without sleep–McCoy said he wanted to share how Jesus said:  “I will pray the Father and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” (John 14:16). 

“Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22).  Jesus “commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem but to wait for the Promise of the Father” and “be baptized with the Holy Spirit” so that “you shall be witnesses to Me.” (Acts 1:4-5, 8)

“The Holy Spirit gives you instruction.   We are baptized to touch others with what you are going to be baptized into.   We can restore the Kingdom.  We do not get another chance to vote.  Salvation does come on Air Force One.

“We can choose to figure out our life alone, or we can choose to be dead to self and alive to Christ,” said Pastor McCoy.   “The Holy Spirit makes us more like Christ.  The world doesn’t need me to show up, but it needs Jesus.   We need to receive power never to run dry.

“For those who have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we can ask Him for a new filling.  Why?  Because we leak.”

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.” (Luke 11:13) 

“We need to minister to this hurting community.  We need supernatural love for a community that is broken,” said McCoy.  “The community needs to be touched and loved.  This is not a works word but a grace word.  The world doesn’t need our tenacity and wisdom—the world need more love.”


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor.  He has worked 24 years as a middle school teacher.   Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Mr. Hernandez is dedicated himself to advance the 13 spheres—as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships and supporting constitutional awareness and active citizenship.

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Naomi Fisher
Naomi Fisher
2 years ago

Thank you Mr. Hernandez. And thank you Pastor McCoy.