In 1965 Pastor Chuck Smith started his ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Beginning with a mere 25 people, he saw God bless his simple, yet consistent style of teaching straight through the Bible. Today Calvary Chapel draws over 20,000 attendees weekly.
With a genuine heart for the lost, Pastor Chuck made room in his ministry for a generation of hippies, surfers, and drug addicts. This generated a stirring of the Holy Spirit which spread from the California coast to the Atlantic and beyond. This movement was instrumental in bringing thousands of young people to Jesus Christ during the 60s and 70s in what was known as the Jesus People Movement.
As God expanded his ministry, Pastor Chuck's visionary leadership saw the birth of other ministries such as: The Word for Today, a publishing/radio broadcasting ministry which reaches worldwide; Calvary Distribution, a wholesale Christian book and resource distributor; and Calvary Chapel Outreach Fellowship, an international organization with over 1,500 Calvary Chapels participating.
A noted speaker and the author of over 25 books, Pastor Chuck can be heard daily on television, radio, and webcasts throughout the world.
For more information regarding Pastor Chuck Smith, we highly recommend his autobiography, Memoirs of Grace.