alvary Chapel began in the late 1960’s as a small non-denominational church of 25 members pastored by Chuck Smith. The late 60’s was a time when most traditional churches were turning away the next generation because of the length of their hair and their counter-culture lifestyle. Driven by a burden for that generation, Pastor Chuck reached out to them with love and understanding but without compromising Christian principles. The result was the birth of the “Jesus Movement” as thousands of young people came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Over forty years later Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa is home to thousands of believers. The Word for Today publishes Bible study books and tapes all over the world, KWVE broadcasts God’s Word to all of Southern California, and Calvary Chapel’s Bible College provides Bible education to thousands at its campus in Murietta and at some twenty extension campuses worldwide. The Calvary Chapel movement has grown to include more than 700 affiliates ministering to approximately 250,000 people worldwide.
Calvary Chapel’s are still reaching out to the lost and attempting to love the unlovable. They are perhaps best known for their strong verse-by-verse teaching of God’s Word with emphasis on the application of the Bible to everyday life. Although there is no one particular style of music common to every Calvary Chapel, the worship service normally consists of contemporary music designed to involve the believer in singing praises to their Lord.
alvary Hanford first met as a church on Sunday morning January 20, 1985. The original group of 30 believers had been fellowshipping at Calvary Chapel of Visalia. The pastors and elders in Visalia felt God’s leading to start a sister church in Hanford for these folks who were commuting the 25 to 40 miles from Hanford, Lemoore, and the Lemoore Naval Air Station.
After meeting for 18 years in the Kings County YMCA, the Lord in August 2003 orchestrated the purchase of our current campus at 1900 N. Douty Street.
Our pastor, Gene Pensiero, previously served as the assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel of San Bernardino, California. He was called to lead our fellowship in May of 1985. He and his wife, Pam, have two adult children (Mary & Geno) and four grandchildren (Cecilia Jean, Gennaro, Ezekiel & Nora).