Northern Beaches of Sydney , Australia
In the summer of 1998, while serving at CC Vista, God made it very clear that we were called to go to Maui to plant a church. We arrived in Maui on September 17, 1998 and started Calvary Chapel Central Maui on December 1st with two other families we’d met shortly after our arrival. Over the next eleven years the church had grown to around 200 people but in the twelfth year we experienced a significant pruning.
Through our appreciation of how God used the ministry of Calvary Vista to restore us personally, and how we saw God sending people out from Calvary Vista to bring that kind of personal and church ministry to other parts of the USA and world, and through some personal ministry involvement through Gospel For Asia and Calvary Chapel Church Planting Mission, and through meeting an Australian family at Calvary Vista, we eventually stepped out and ventured down here to Sydney, Australia in August, 1998.
In 1990 I had an opportunity to go over to Yugoslavia with the youth group of Calvary Chapel of Vista on a short-term mission. We spent a lot of time sharing our faith with people on the streets, in night clubs, etc. I was shocked to find out that many people in Yugoslavia have never heard the Gospel before! I found it exhilarating being the first messenger to tell them things like: “God loves you,” “Christ died for your sins,” “Through Christ you can have a relationship with God (eternal life),” etc. Toward the end of that outreach I began to pray and ask the Lord if it might be his will I move to Yugoslavia. I asked him to make it clear before we go back to the States and He did!
Calvary Chapel Golgota Szeged
I didn’t grow up in a Christian family and never stepped foot into a church until I was 16. I thought I was a good person until a friend shared the Gospel with me for the first time. I was completely amazed that God loved me & sent Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. It was at that time I put my faith in Jesus & have been walking with Him ever since. My friend took me to church the following week and it just happened to be that he was going to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. There I got involved with the high school group and was at church as much as I could because I had such a strong desire to learn God’s Word.
Calvary Chapel Padova, Italy
Calvary Chapel Vista was our home for many, many years. We both served in different ministries in the church and had a home fellowship in our house. In February of 2001, Pastor Rob asked us to pray about moving to Baja, Hungary. Baja was the first church plant by Calvary in Hungary and they were in need of a pastor. After a short visit and much prayer, God confirmed the call and we moved in July, 2001. We ministered there for 7 years and then God blessed us and the church by raising up a wonderful Hungarian man to be the next pastor in Baja.
Calvary Chapel York, Bible College UK
Loren and Jeanna have been missionaries with CC for several years. Jeanna grew up attending Calvary Chapel Vista and had the privilege to be sent out as a missionary to Subotica, Yugoslavia in 1991. They met on the mission-field in Hungary in 1996 and were married the same year. They continued to minister in Hungary until 1998 when they relocated to minister at the bible college in Spittal, Austria. In 2000 the Lord directed them to assist CC York, UK and help establish a bible college there. From 2002-2014 they pioneered and pastored a church on England’s east coast. In summer of 2014 they returned to assist the church and bible college ministries at CC York. They are blessed with three children.
Calvary Chapel Paris Texas
I came on staff at CC Vista in July of 2000 after getting out of the Marines. It was at CC Vista where I met and married my wife, Rebecca, while serving as a youth pastor. In the same year, 2002, we began to take our College Ministry group on short-term mission trips to Costa Rica, helping out a church plant in progress. On the last trip that we led, God really challenged me to be open about coming to Costa Rica to plant a church here. As Rebecca and I began to pray and seek God for direction, He spoke through the Holy Spirit to our conscience very clearly. After sharing what we had heard with Pastor Rob, he encouraged us to go for it and was very supportive. Calvary Vista sent us out in March of 2006.
Virginia, CC Newport News
Born in the steel town of Gary, Indiana, Tony, along with his older brother and sister, was raised by loving parents who instilled the ethics of hard work and moral character. As a youngster, he dutifully attended weekly church services, yet had no understanding of what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. He went to church on Sundays, but lived life “his own way” Monday through Saturday.Growing up, not only was Tony an exceptional athlete but he also excelled academically. Because of his God-given ability, after graduation, Tony was offered an academic scholarship to Indiana State University and a baseball scholarship to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. With both of these great opportunities available, Tony contemplated which scholarship he would choose. He chose the academic route and attended Indiana State. Though he didn’t know it at the time, Tony’s decision would change the course of his life forever!
Fountain Valle, Worship Generation
Before Worship Generation became a church in Orange County, it was a young adult outreach at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. In the summer of 2005, Joey was led to start a new church in Fountain Valley, and it was a natural fit to continue to use the name Worship Generation. Worship Generation is the third Senior Pastorate for Joey Buran and is the continuation of over 20 years of ministry for Joey.
His pastoral calling began back in 1988 when he became an intern pastor at Calvary Chapel Vista in San Diego County.
Wisconson, Calvary Racine
"It is inspiring how God worked everything out," said Nettles, who also served as assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Milwaukee before coming to Racine. "The way things unfolded was really incredible."
Compared to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, which today boasts about 30,000 followers, Calvary Chapel Racine is a small fellowship of about 40 people, plus children, "on a good Sunday," according to Nettles.
"We are not a large church, but we are strong and growing stronger," he said. "Our emphasis is not on the building we are in or on a certain program, but on teaching God's word and seeing people grow in God's grace."
Calvary Chapel of Montrose, Colorado
Ben Garate is Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel of Montrose. He gave his life to Jesus at the age of 13, and rededicated his life and began his walk with the Lord in January 1982 at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA. He was ordained in 1993 at Calvary Chapel of Vista, CA
CC Lynchburg, Virginia
‘We were at CC Vista from March 1990 to August 1994. Troy was on staff at Vista as a Youth Pastor and Missions Pastor during that time. We were sent out in August 1994 to Lynchburg, Virginia and have been here ever since! What we remember most about our time at Vista is the warm fellowship with like minded brothers and sisters, and the focus on Missions. We still treasure the dear friendships we made while there.’