Calvary Chapel history

Calvary Chapel Ann Arbor is part of an association of over 1,000 Calvary Chapels worldwide. The first Calvary Chapel, pastored by Chuck Smith, began in Costa Mesa, CA in the late 1960’s and found itself in the middle of a wonderful outpouring of God’s grace in which thousands of young people came to faith in Christ.

Calvary Chapel is not a hierarchical denomination; rather, it is an association of like-minded churches held together by a common faith, a common philosophy of ministry, and by genuine Christian love. At the heart of Calvary Chapel is a passion to know God through heartfelt worship and verse-by-verse Bible teaching, and to rely upon Him for daily strength and guidance.


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