Our History

Calvary Chapel Elizabeth City stands as one local expression of a global movement. In 1965, Pastor Chuck Smith started his ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Beginning with 25 people, he saw God bless his simple, yet consistent style of teaching straight through the Bible.

Starting as a ministry to a generation of hippies, surfers, and drug addicts, the Calvary Chapel Movement, also known as the Jesus Movement, was instrumental in bringing thousands of young people to Jesus Christ during the sixties and seventies. God has expanded the ministry to an international organization with over 1,500 Calvary Chapels. We are independent non-denominational Christian churches that recognize the same philosophy of ministry and style of worship.

For more information on Calvary Chapel, we recommend reading Calvary Chapel Distintives (Chuck Smith) or emailing us with any questions or comments at