About us

The world wide success of the Calvary Chapel movement has no other explanation for its growth except God’s grace.

Acts 16:5 “So the Churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers”

Len and Cathy 2024
New Buffalo Mi Beach front

Pastor Len & Wife Cathy

Pastor Len and his wife Cathy have been enjoying New Buffalo since the 1990’s but in 2011, within feet of their current church building, they were injured in a motorcycle accident that changed their lives. Through the Lord’s leading they began a bible study in an empty Church building in New Buffalo. Within a few month’s began holding Church Services and in 2017 the church building was purchased by Calvary Chapel New Buffalo.

Calvary Chapel
New Buffalo

We are excited to expand the Calvary Chapel movement into the New Buffalo Community, the harbor of Harbor Country.  We have a blend of worship songs, both contemporary and traditional. Our Sunday Service is line by line through the Bible, always with current application to our lives today. We offer Children’s Church as well as Nursery. Come, meet our church family and enjoy a fellowship meal to follow.

Wooden Cross in the sand at Lake Michigan

The Missions We Support

“By this all will know that you are My Disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:35

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” 

Calvary Radio Network

CRN consists of 12 full-power FM broadcast stations and several translators throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin covering the cities of Chicago, Madison, South Bend, Valparaiso, Bloomington, Plymouth, Warsaw, Ft. Wayne, Terre Haute, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek. CRN is a standalone Indiana Non-Profit Corporation that is made up of several like minded Pastors with the vision of helping to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.


Far Reaching Ministries

FRM is an evangelical Christian missionary and humanitarian 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996 by Pastor Wes Bentley. Human trafficking is a global crisis that affects men, women, and children, with an estimated 27 million victims. 80 percent of them are women and girls, and 50 percent of those are children. The largest industry of human trafficking is sex slavery. Most victims are women and young children. Victims are abducted, kidnapped, or coerced into believing a job/education awaits them. FRM is building global awareness and encouraging individuals and churches to get involved to bring an end to this global crisis.


Samaritan’s Purse

From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide God’s love in a tangible way and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Calvary Chapel New Buffalo is a drop off location for the Michiana area should you or your home Church have shoeboxes to ship.


Voice of the Martyrs

The VOM is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian missions organization dedicated to serving our persecuted family worldwide through practical and spiritual assistance and leading other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned for 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ; his wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years.


Widow’s Mite

With the help of our partners, Widow’s Mite is building family and community wells that provide clean, reliable water in needy regions of the developing world. Our staff works with local leaders to identify needs and coordinate each project for well placement.

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The Joshua Fund

The Joshua Fund was founded by Joel and Lynn Rosenberg in the summer of 2006. The desire of their heart was to mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus,” according to Genesis 12:1-3. As an educational organization, The Joshua Fund has sought to engage Christians globally about God's love and plan for Israel and her neighbors.


What Our Members say ...

"My husband and I have lived in Southwest Michigan since the early 2,000’s. He drove a local delivery route and spent most of his day in his truck listening to Calvary radio. He drove and grew in his Christian walk listening to Pastor Chuck Smith, Don Stewart, and Pastor Jack Abeelen and Jim Motshagen to name a few. Many days he came home to rush in and turn on the radio to finish listening to a program. One day as we drove through local New Buffalo, our heads snapped back and then at each other as we passed the new Calvary Chapel sign by a building once occupied by a local church. I believe we were some of the first visitors that have been attending since the beginning of the new fellowship started by Pastor Len Pera and wife Cathy. We have watched as the small group has grown from those early stages of no sound equipment, a determined little worship team of very inexperienced musicians, and much thought, planning, and prayer. As we participated in many opportunities together, we grew in brotherly love. Today, by the Grace of God and leading of the Holy Spirit, we enjoy a wonderful worship team, line by line teaching through the Word, Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies, midweek Bible study, Operation Christmas Child, and an annual Gospelfest. But our weekly Sunday after-service fellowship meal where we share our burdens, laugh, and sometimes cry, is one of the best times of all. That’s where we continue to grow in love as a very special group of God’s people."