Pastor Chuck Smith in 1965, began pastoring a small congregation of 25 adults in Costa Mesa, CA called Calvary Chapel. After reaching out to the Hippies, Pastor Chuck witnessed a work of the Holy Spirit commonly referred to as The Jesus Movement. The church soon grew numerically into the thousands, but more importantly, the spiritual growth of the people grew as well. Pastor Chuck attributes this spiritual growth to the consistent teaching of the Word of God from cover to cover, and making Acts 2:42 the ministry focus of the church; just as biblical churches have done for 2000 years. Today, there are over 1300 domestic Calvary Chapels, and many abroad. The success of this non-denominational movement has no other explanation for it except the grace of God.
The Calvary Chapel Movement