Calvary Chapel began in the late 1960's in one small, non-denominational church. Pastor Chuck Smith, who'd spent 17 years in churches throughout California and Arizona , became the pastor of a church in Costa Mesa which called itself "Calvary Chapel". Through his many years of pastoring, Pastor Chuck became convinced that a new approach to ministry was needed. Rather than preaching an evangelistic message every Sunday, he began to teach line-by-line through the Word of God, starting at Genesis and working his way through to Revelation. Within two years, the small church in Costa Mesa had grown so dramatically that there was no longer room in the church to hold all the members.
At about, the same time, Pastor Chuck's wife, Kay, began to feel that they needed to reach out to the "hippies" of that era.
They eventually made the decision to open their home and their church to these young people, teaching the revelation of God's love for them through the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus. Pastor Chuck became the founder of what was known as the "Jesus Movement" witnessing God's miraculous power as the Lord dramatically transformed the lives of these young people. The Calvary Chapel saga had begun.
Today, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa is home to some 30,000 believers. "The Word For Today" (Pastor Chuck's radio ministry) is heard throughout the United States and publishes study books and tapes which are distributed throughout the world. KWVE, Calvary Chapel's radio station, broadcasts God's Word to all of Southern California . Calvary Chapel's Bible College provides Biblically based education to thousands at its home campus in Murrieta , California and to over 20 extension campuses worldwide. God has indeed done a mighty work!