One of the first Calvary Chapel Logos

Located in the city of Calabasas, California, Calvary Chapel Calabasas has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed to His image. The heart of the body is to reach our community with the Gospel. The church has recently been planted in April of 2013 by Pastor David Johnston, who served as the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Santa Cruz until July of 2010. At Calvary Chapel Calabasas, we study the Bible verse by verse, chapter by chapter, book by book. It is our understanding that God would have us to recieve the whole of His counsel. (Acts 20:27) As we study this way, the Lord reveals all of His will and His love for us. We don’t just teach from the Bible as much as we teach through the Bible. As we study through the Bible, we make all of Pastor Dave’s teachings available through our CD ministry and for free through this site here on the internet.



original calvary chapel church

The first little Calvary Chapel Church


The founder of Calvary Chapel Chuck Smith, preaching the word, book by book, chapter by chapter and verse by verse.

A Brief History of Calvary Chapel Churches Calvary Chapel of Calabasas is an affiliate church of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, pastored by Chuck Smith. Pastor Chuck Smith founded Calvary Chapel in the late 60’s in a time when most traditional churches were turning away the next generation because of the length of their hair and the counter-culture life-style which they practiced. Driven by a burden for that generation, Pastor Chuck reached out to them with love and understanding and without compromise of Christian principles. A result of this outreach was the birthing of the “Jesus Movement.”



The Calvary Chapel tent days, also known as the Jesus movement.

Thirty years later, with 1200 plus affiliates nationally and several hundred internationally, ministering to approximately 300,000 people,


It has been estimated that in a two-year period in the mid ’70s, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa had performed well over 8,000 baptisms.

Calvary Chapels are still reaching out to the lost and attempting to love the unlovable. They are best known for their strong emphasis on the teaching of God’s Word and the application of that Word to every day life.


High importance is also placed on worship which consists of contemporary style music, designed to put the believer in a place of intimate communion with God and ready their heart for His Word. Feeding the flock of God by consistently accurately teaching His Word is the primary focus of Calvary Chapel. It is also our main belief concerning evangelism, that “sheep beget sheep” and that as God’s people are fed the Word, they will naturally lead others to Christ.   

history of calvary chapel

Worship service

history of calvary chapel

Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa tent worship service.


Pacific ocean baptism.