In 1965, Pastor Chuck Smith began his ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa with just 25 people. From the beginning, Pastor Chuck welcomed all, 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.
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.”
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 movement 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. http://calvarycca.org/history/
In February 2020, in Warsaw/Winona Lake, IN, the Holy Spirit continued to stir hearts to continue this teaching ministry and Calvary Chapel Lake City was born. Pastor Marc Transparenti started this fellowship with just three families and a desire to be obedient to the Lord's leading to begin this new work. The people of this fellowship are excited to be part of God's story and continuing the legacy of one of the last great revivals in the United States.