Dear Friends, we want to welcome you to the Calvary Chapel South Bay website. Whether you’ve been to our church many times in the past or if this is your first time, I urge you to take a moment to browse through our site. It will not only answer many of the questions you might have, but it will provide you with a good overview of our church — where we stand on certain fundamental issues relevant to Christianity, how our theological position becomes the practical application upon which we base our lives, what we believe our mission and our purpose to be, and where exactly you might fit in.
History of Calvary Chapel South Bay
The Calvary Chapel movement began in the late 1960s as the Lord used Pastor Chuck Smith to reach out to thousands, including “hippies,” with the love of Christ. He had an expositional approach to teaching the Word of God, taking attendees line-by-line through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. This was the beginning of the “Calvary Chapels.” Pastor Chuck became the founder of what was known as the “Jesus Movement,” witnessing God’s miraculous power as the Lord dramatically transformed the lives of people. The Calvary saga had begun. Today, there are over 1,500 Calvary Chapels worldwide.
Calvary Chapel South Bay (CCSB) was one of the churches birthed out of this mighty work. Taken quite literally from the gutter by the miraculous workings of the Lord, and involved in a powerful discipleship training program by Pastor Chuck Smith, Pastor Steve Mays who had developed a passion for the lost, and an unwavering devotion to sharing the Word of God became the senior pastor of CCSB in 1980. The church had approximately 75 members when he started, and after serving over 34 years at CCSB, Steve Mays went home to be with the Lord in October of 2014. Today, his ministry legacy, Light of the Word, continues and the church is continuing to see the fruit of his labor for the Lord. The Lord has blessed this ministry and CCSB’s fellowship is now home to over 8,000 people!
The original church (only a mile away from its current location) was about 6,000 square feet. In 1998, CCSB outgrew that facility and moved to its current facility. As the Lord has provided and added to this body, the facility currently comprises three buildings, for a total of 140,000 square feet. It is a platform for ministry in the local community, the city, and beyond.
The ministry of CCSB comprises a large variety of discipleship groups to help and encourage Christian growth and maturity in intimate settings—men’s, women’s, youth, discipleship classes and more. There are multiple opportunities to serve and make an impact as the body of Christ. CCSB is also engaged in the work of evangelism and missions—in their backyard, borders, and beyond. Each and every year, teams are sent across the globe in short-term mission trips. Long-term missionaries are sponsored to take the message of the Gospel across the globe, such as to Samoa, the Philippines, Mexico and Uganda, among many others.
As people enter the main foyer of the church sanctuary, they will see “Great is Thy Faithfulness” painted on the arch. This serves as a constant reminder that Calvary Chapel South Bay is what it is today because of the Lord’s faithfulness. To God alone be the glory for the great things He has done!