Our History and Campus


God is moving mightily by His Holy Spirit in this generation and we praise Him for His mighty works.

As a part of what God is doing by His Spirit worldwide, He has raised up the Calvary Chapel ministries to help feed His people with His Word.

At Calvary Chapel Bible College, men and women from all over the world gather together in the beautiful Murrieta Hot Springs oasis of Southern California to study the Word of God with Calvary Chapel pastors.

May God bless you richly with His abundant love.

Pastor Chuck Smith
Founder (1927-2013)

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.

Students on campus
Years as a bible college
Age of Property
Palm Trees on property


Our campus occupies a beautiful, historic, 47-acre property called the Murrieta Hot Springs. It is equipped with both men’s and women’s dormitories, several large meeting rooms and classrooms, and carefully maintained landscaping. For recreation, the campus offers the following amenities:

  • large swimming pool
  • natural mineral hot springs
  • large hot tub
  • basketball/soccer court
  • sand volleyball courts
  • lake (catch and release fishing is permitted)
  • fitness room
  • recreation room for table tennis, billiards, etc.
  • tennis courts
  • large grass sports field

We share the campus with Murrieta Hot Springs Christian Conference Center whose mission is “Refreshing God’s People” (Philemon 1:7). MHS Christian Conference Center was founded for the sole purpose of exalting the Lord by offering a place for His people to be refreshed and grow in their relationship with Him. Through worship, fellowship, teaching, studying His Word, recreation, and rest, their desire is for guest to leave the retreat center knowing God in a greater capacity than when they arrived.

Visit CCBC

We invite you to plan a time to visit our campus located in Murrieta, California. Campus tours are available year-round. Informative tours can be arranged by calling the CCBC Front Office at (951) 696-5944. Visitors who wish to stay on campus for one or more nights need to contact the Conference Center at (951) 200-8000 to arrange lodging. Students’ guests are not permitted to stay in dorms, as the dorms are only to be occupied by currently enrolled on-campus students.

"To Know God and Equip His Servants."