Calvary Stories

When the first Christians met together they worshiped God in song, prayer, the Scriptures, giving and loving each other. Here at Calvary we want the same.

Calvary Georgetown Divide grew out of the Calvary Chapel movement that started in 1965 with Pastor Chuck Smith and a church of twenty-five people. The tiny Huntington Beach fellowship soon became a key influence in the famous Jesus Movement, reaching out to hippies, drug users and social rebels. As a result, hundreds of thousands gave their lives to Christ. From its small beginning, many others answered the call to plant new churches. Today there are Calvary’s around the world—and one of them is Calvary Georgetown Divide.


Calvary Georgetown Divide began in 1990 as a home fellowship in the town of Cool, California, led by pastor Jay McCarl. The first meeting on the “Georgetown Divide”—a high ridge south of the city of Auburn—was more than twenty-five people, most of whom attended Calvary Auburn via a treacherous road that traversed the thousand-foot deep American River canyon. Jay was soon asked to begin Sunday worship and Bible Studies on the ridge, and Calvary Georgetown Divide had its first Sunday gathering in January 1991, with more than seventy-five people in attendance. Today, the church is thriving with its content-rich Bible studies and home fellowships, global missions, active youth & prayer ministries, a weekly food give-away that serves hundreds of Divide residents, Bible Lands study tours and more—all designed to reflect the loving nature of Jesus.

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