HISTORY OF THE CALVARY CHAPEL ASSOCIATION
We are a part of the Calvary Chapel movement that began in the late sixties under the leadership of Chuck Smith. “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. 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.”
Calvary Chapel is not a denomination but an association of churches who hold to the same distinctives, while allowing each pastor the freedom to lead out of his personality and gifts. If you would like to read more about Calvary Chapel, please buy the book by Tal Brooke called “Harvest”, and Chuck Smith’s book “Calvary Chapel Distinctives.”
Calvary Chapel of Lexington is a church founded out of this movement. Pastor John Hoppe III and his wife Heidi started this church in Lexington 20 years ago with a heart to reach the community with the Word of God, teaching the Gospel. We invite you to find out more about who we are today, what we believe; and we invite you to join us as we meet and worship our wonderful Lord and Savior, study His Word, fellowship together, grow in His grace, and desire to make disciples and go into all the world.
Although we are a part of this association of churches, we do not consider ourselves superior to others who do not come from this movement. We believe we are one in the body of Christ, if we embrace the essentials of the faith. We believe there is one church in South Carolina made up of multiple congregations that represent Jesus. We embrace people based on their relationship to Christ not denominational affiliation.