CrossHope Chapel in West Mobile is a non-denominational church that upholds the Calvary Chapel distinctives in its beliefs and practices.
CrossHope Chapel is part of the Calvary Global Network that is affiliated with Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. I have been doing things in fellowship with the Calvary Chapel Association but I’m not officially affiliated as I wait and watch what is to come of the organizational split of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the Calvary Chapel Association.
Here’s how we got connected with Calvary Chapel… It happened by accident in 2014 while doing a trade name search when changing our church name from West Mobile Bible Fellowship to CrossHope Chapel.
The name Calvary Chapel came up in that trade name search and I immediately remembered that name as tied to Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.
As a new believer in Jesus Christ in 1980, I remembers clinging to every broadcast of Chuck Smith on Christian radio in Toledo, Ohio but lost track of his radio teaching ministry as I moved South.
In that trade name research I also realized that there was a multitude of Calvary Chapel’s across our nation and our church was very much like them in philosophy and doctrines. You can read our Statement of Faith.
When I dug a little deeper I learned that there was once a local Calvary Chapel church in Mobile so I made contact with a Calvary Chapel pastor to inquire about it. My initial concern was over the use of “Chapel” rather than “Church” and if that was a negative in our part of the country.
In an attempt to talk to someone in the Calvary Chapel movement, I ended up recieving an invitation to attend a Calvary Chapel Church Planting Boot Camp in Atlanta with Pastor Sandy Adams and that led to attendance at other Calvary Chapel conferences and fellowship with Calvary Chapel pastors.