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.”

Pastor Chris felt the call on his life to start a Calvary Chapel in the SWFL area in 1997. Calvary Chapel Fort Myers began meeting in a public elementary school.  As God began growing the church the doors opened for the church to move to the Cape Coral area.  

Pastor Chris' heart is to "Simply teach the Bible simply." Every Sunday and Wednesday night he goes verse by verse, through the Bible.