A brief history of the Calvary Chapel movement:
In 1965 Pastor Chuck Smith started his ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa . Beginning with 25 people, he saw God bless his simple, yet consistent style of teaching straight through the Bible.
Today Calvary Chapel draws over 20,000 attendees weekly.
Pastor Chuck Smith started his ministry for a generation of hippies, surfers, and drug addicts. This movement was instrumental in bringing thousands of young people to Jesus Christ during the 60′s and 70′s in what was known as the Jesus People Movement.
God has expanded the ministry to and international organization with over 1,500 Calvary Chapels participating in the Calvary Chapel Outreach Fellowship . We are independent non-denominational Christian churches that recognize the same philosophy of ministry and style of worship.