It all started with a vision to reach our community for God’s Glory. It was during the first CCPN Church Planting Conference at Twin Peaks when we knew God wanted us to start a work in Santa Paula, CA with the solid Bible-teaching Calvary Chapels are known for.
Two moments figure as central in establishing the work:
The first was birthed in prayer. The elders of CC Oxnard gathered at a home in Santa Paula for a time of counsel and prayer. The home has a beautiful view of a good part of the city. I was moved to invite the elders to step outside, look over and pray God’s blessing down onto the people. At that moment the seed of a vision was dropped into my heart.
The second moment critical in launching the work was at a men’s fellowship at CC Oxnard. A man recently relocated from Oregon offered his home in Santa Paula as a place for a home Bible study. We’d recently attended the Church-Planting conference at Twin Peaks and were praying for a door to open in the city where we could begin meeting. It was clear God was cultivating the little seed He’d planted in our hearts. The vision began to grow and more people came alongside to assist in the work.
Like many new churches, we’ve faced the challenge of facilities but God has now settled us in the heart of Santa Paula in a permanent home. We are currently a video campus for CC Oxnard with a dedicated ministry team. I teach once a month but as the fellowship here has taken root, we will be phasing the video out and becoming a church plant.