Calvary Chapel

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: Calvary Chapel
Denomination type: Pentecostal Bodies
Year Reporting: 2009
Website: Visit Website
Description: Calvary Chapel is a non-denominational Christian church which began in 1965 in Costa Mesa, California. Calvary Chapel's pastor, Chuck Smith became a leading figure in what has become known as the "Jesus Movement."

It has been estimated that in a two-year period in the mid '70s, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa had performed well over eight thousand baptisms. During that same period, we were instrumental in 20,000 conversions to the Christian faith. Our decadal growth rate had been calculated by church growth experts to be near the ten thousand percent level. Calvary Chapel also ministers over the airwaves, and this must account for many of those who travel long distances to fellowship here. A Nielsen survey indicated that our Sunday morning Calvary Chapel service is the most listened-to program in the area during the entire week. As of 1987, Calvary's outreach has included numerous radio programs, television broadcasts, and the production and distribution of tapes and records. The missions outreach is considerable. Calvary Chapel not only supports Wycliffe Bible Translators, Campus Crusade, Missionary Aviation Fellowship, and other groups, but we donate to Third World needs. We then built a radio station in San Salvador and gave it to the local pastors there. We also gave money to Open Doors to purchase the ship that, in tandem with a barge, delivered one million Bibles to mainland China. Our financial commitment to missions exceeds the local expense budget by over 50%.

Today, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, the church which only had twenty-five members has established more than five hundred affiliate Calvary Chapels across the world and is among the world's largest churches with more than thirty-five thousand calling it their home church. It is one of the ten largest Protestant churches in the United States.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: 3800 S. Fairview Street
Address line 2:
City: Santa Ana
State: California
Zip Code: 92704-7014
Country: United States
Phone: (714)979-4422

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Phone: n/a
Email: n/a

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Rev. Ken Hunn
Position: Executive Director
Phone: (419)289-1708

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 10,227
Other Members: 0
Total Inclusive Members: 10,227
Total Churches: 112
Average Attendance: 9,894
Membership Calculation Method: Census

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 135
Other Service to the Church: 46
Retired: 38
Total Clergy: 219

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 0
Pupils: 0
Staff: 0
Total Individuals: 0

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $939,527.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $569,985.00
Total Financial: $150,951,200
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures