CrossHope Chapel in West Mobile is a non-denominational, independent, and fully autonomous church that is part of the Calvary Global Network associated with Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.
I have been doing things in fellowship with the Calvary Chapel Association but I’m not officially affiliated with the association. At my previous post on “Calvary Chapel Split“ I explain a bit about how CrossHope Chapel found itself in the midst of the Calvary Global Network and the Calvary Chapel Association organizational split (Hint: we are in a wait and see before further affiliation mode).
Here’s how we got connected thus far 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.