History & Background
In the late 60s and 70s, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa was the epicenter of the Jesus Movement in Southern California, welcoming new followers of Jesus Christ from the hippie counterculture to contemporary worship gatherings with expositional, through-the-Bible teaching by Pastor Chuck Smith. Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa founded “Calvary Chapel Bible School” in 1975, as an intensive Bible study program for those who desired in-depth training in the Bible, preparation for service in their local church ministries, and a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Its first campus was in Twin Peaks, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. In 1989, the school began offering associate and bachelor’s degree programs and its name was changed to “Calvary Chapel Bible College.” In 1996, the College moved to the Murrieta Hot Springs campus where it continues to operate today, welcoming students from around the world who want to grow in their knowledge of God and His Word, seek His direction for their lives, and prepare for a life of service in the church and the world. The Bible College continues as a ministry of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (CCCM), which is led by Senior Pastor Brian Brodersen and the CCCM Board of Trustees.