(From Calvary Chapel Association)
In 1965, Pastor Chuck Smith began leading the ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, starting with only 25 members. From the beginning, Pastor Chuck welcomed all, both young and old, without judgment, placing his emphasis on the teaching of the Word of God. His simple, yet sound biblical approach drew 25,000 people weekly.
With a sincere concern for the lost, Pastor Chuck made room in his heart and his home for a generation of hippies and surfers, generating a move of the Holy Spirit that spread from the West Coast to the East Coast, and now, throughout the world. What began as a small local church has now grown into an international ministry of over 1,800 fellowships throughout the world.
For a more in-depth look at the history of Calvary Chapel, we recommend reading The Reproducers. You can download a free digital copy here