Sunday -- November 23, 2014

Chino Valley History


On December 27, 1970 David Rosales committed his heart to Jesus Christ. David immediately began sharing his new faith with family and friends, and began to fellowship at a small Church in Santa Ana called Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa. David regularly attended Bible studies at the Chapel until his induction into the United States Army, where he served on active duty for 21 months, from March 15, 1971 until December 15, 1972.

Nine months after his release from the Army, David went to Biola College in La Mirada, California and as a Christian service assignment began teaching a home Bible study at his parents’ home in September of 1973. One year later, in August of 1974, his older brother Frank was saved and David began to drive forty-five minutes from Norwalk to Ontario to teach Frank a Monday night Bible study. It was at this study that David first met Marie, the young lady he would eventually marry. Because Marie was from the city of Chino, the couple attended a Calvary Chapel in the area, and David was ordained into ministry as an assistant Pastor in this fellowship in 1979, and served on staff until July of 1981.

In July of 1981, David resigned his position as assistant Pastor and on July 26, 1981 began Sunday morning services in the city of Ontario, California. The church was originally called Ontario Christian Chapel, but was personally recognized by Pastor Chuck Smith as an outreach ministry of Calvary Chapel in January of 1982. In 1985 Calvary Chapel of Chino, a small group of approximately 25-30 adults merged with Calvary Chapel of Ontario and Calvary Ontario took over their incorporation, thus becoming Calvary Chapel Ontario as well as Calvary Chapel Chino. The church continued to operate as Calvary Chapel of Ontario until 1992.

During the intervening years, Calvary Ontario outgrew its facilities, and Pastor David began to pray about how to meet the needs of the growing congregation.

The church numbered approximately 2,000 adult members at that time, and they needed room to grow. It was during this period that the Lord gave Pastor David an indication that they would be moving to the city of Chino. Since the church already was recognized as owning the church incorporation of Calvary Chapel of Chino, it was obvious that the Lord had determined this move long before David and his staff realized it would occur.

Pastor Chuck Smith called David and encouraged him to view church property in the city of Chino that had been put on the market. David took this as confirmation, as he and his board had begun to pray about and look into the property over a year before. After negotiations with the former owners, Calvary Chapel of Ontario purchased the property and moved onto the property in November of 1992, changing its name to Calvary Chapel of the Chino Valley, which more properly reflects the church’s vision for outreach.

There are presently over 40 separate ministries occurring weekly and the church ministers seven days a week. The ministry of the church includes a Cafe and a Christian bookstore called the Chapel Store. We rejoice in what God is doing in our church and community and invite you to visit us. We hope you will find a home church here at Calvary Chapel Chino Valley.