Our Story

How it all started...

The roots of Calvary Chapel can be found in Costa Mesa, California. A non-denominational Christian church, Calvary Chapel was founded by Pastor Chuck Smith in 1965. It has been estimated that over 8,000 baptisms were performed in a two year period at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in the mid 70’s. During that same period, Pastor Chuck Smith and his church were instrumental in bringing 20,000 conversions to the Christian faith. Chuck Smith has come to be known as a leading figure in what is today called “The Jesus Movement.”

Calvary Ellensburg is part of the  Calvary Chapel  family of churches. In 2009, the church began as a home Bible study. That same year Pastor Tadd Scheffer and his family  were preparing to move to Haiti to become missionaries. They followed the Lord’s calling in their life as He re-directed them to come and minister here in Ellensburg. God was faithful and raised up a church out of the Bible study and  Pastor Tadd  assumed the role of  Senior Pastor.  God has had continued to grow this family of believers into a fully functioning church. God continues to be present and active here today!

What We Beleive

Our  Core Beliefs is a body of teaching. Doctrine is the teaching found in the Bible—about who God is, who we are, why the world exists, and so on.

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Calvary Chapel values both the teaching of God's Word, as well as the work of the Holy Spirit. It is this balance that makes Calvary Chapel a distinct and uniquely blessed movement of God.

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History of Calvary Chapel

For more information on the history of the Calvary Chapel, please click below to download the books "The Reproducers" and "Calvary Distinctives'".