what is calvary chapel?

In 1965 the first Calvary Chapel was started in Costa Mesa, California, as a small non-denominational church of 25 members, pastored by Chuck Smith. It has been estimated that over 8,000 baptisms were performed in a two year period at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in the mid 70’s. During that same period, Pastor Chuck Smith and his church were instrumental in bringing 20,000 conversions to the Christian faith. Chuck Smith has come to be known as a leading figure in what is today called “The Jesus Movement.” Naturally, those saved and discipled spread across the country and world to form what has become known as the Calvary Chapel Movement. 


From the beginning, Calvary Chapel has been focused on leading people to Christ and teaching them so that they can go out into the world and lead others. The Lord has blessed this commitment, and Calvary Chapel has grown to more than 2,000 churches in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. We truly take to heart our Lord's command in Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I Have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."  


It is our understanding that Calvary Chapels are united under certain Biblical principles, philosophies, and relationships. Our unity and identity is not found in common principles of worldly authority. We remain in fellowship with all like-minded Calvary Chapels, as well as uniting with all churches that love God, love His people, and honor His Word.


Below are other churches associated with Calvary Chapel.

Calvary Global Network

Calvary Chapel College Station

Calvary Chapel Austin