History of   Calvary Chapel Long Beach

Long Beach California… What can you say about the third largest city in the Southern California area? Long Beach has been a long time playground for the people, a cultural hotspot and a diverse community of various cultures. In fact, according to statistics, the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas are the most diverse in America. With all of its beauty and diversity, Long Beach is still a spiritual wasteland in desperate need of Jesus Christ.


In 1985, the call of God to Pastor Roger was clear, “Start a Calvary Chapel in the City of Long Beach.”  The verse God gave Pastor Roger as confirmation to start the fellowship was Acts 18:9-10, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” So in November of the same year, Pastor Roger and Diane, his wife, opened up their home for an informal Wednesday Night Bible study. It was very evident that God’s hand was on the home study. With the blessing of Pastor Chuck of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, the small fellowship was incorporated as Calvary Chapel of Long Beach in January of 1986. 


As the Word of God was faithfully taught and as the saints grew in the knowledge and grace of God, so did the Church’s population. Calvary Chapel Long Beach has always been a “Tabernacle Church,” a church on the move within the City of Long Beach, a true church without walls!


From the summer of 1986 to June of 1988, CC Long Beach met at Mother’s Beach off of 2nd Street and Appian Way.


From June of 1988 to November of 2005, CC Long Beach met in the main auditorium of Stanford Middle School.


From November of 2005 to 2008, CC Long Beach met in four store-front properties off of Studebaker Road.


From 2008 to 2010, CC Long Beach rented a Baptist Church off of Wardlow Road.


From 2010 to present day, Calvary Chapel Long Beach has been meeting in the main auditorium of Marshall Academy of the Arts on Wardlow Road and Woodruff Avenue.


Through every location change, and every storm of life, Calvary Chapel Long Beach has remained strong and faithful to call of God within the City. Every week at Calvary Chapel Long Beach, the Word will be taught to the Saints, the Gospel will be preached to the lost, and Worship to God will be raised with thankful hearts. These things will be habitually practiced until the Lord Jesus Christ comes back for us and we see Him face to face.

Leadership Team

Jesus Christ

The Head of this Church

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence."

Colossians 1:15-18

Pastor Andrew Cochran

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Senior Pastor /Teacher 

Life Verse: Matthew 6:33

Kelly Cochran

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Pastor's Wife, Children's Ministry (Club 3:16), Young at Heart, Joyful Life (Assistant).

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6

Diane Cochran

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Joyful Life Women's Ministry (Leader)

Life Verse: Matthew 6:33 & Proverbs 3:5-6

J.R. Dalton

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Church Elder,

Season for Marriage, In Touch (Convalescent Outreach), Promise Keepers,

Life Verse: John 15:5

Sherry Dalton

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Season for Marriage, Promise Keepers, Greeters, Accounting 

Life Verse:
Romans 8:28

Brad Michaels

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Board Member (Treasurer), GO! Team (Evangelism)

Life Verse: Jeremiah 29:11

Cindy Olson

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Abide (Young Adults), Joyful Life (Assistant), Greeters 

Life Verse: Luke 10:27

Kirk Olson

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Church Elder, Abide (Young Adults), Uttermost (Missions), Tabernacle Team,
Sound Team 

Life Verse: Jeremiah 29:11

Steven Smith

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Sound Ministry, Video Recording, Podcasting 

Life Verse: Jeremiah 29:11

Damien Torres

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Worship Leader, Tabernacle Team.

Life Verse: Jeremiah 29:11

Tyler Torres

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Worship Leader, Tabernacle Team.

Life Verse: 1 Timothy 4:12

Christopher Young

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Worship Team, Media Team, Podcasting, Tabernacle Team 

Life Verse: Psalms 1

Marcus Young

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Web Design, Podcasting 

Life Verse: Romans 4:3-5

Michael Young

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Board Member (Secretary), Usher, Basketfull (Meals Ministry)

Life Verse: Galatians 5:16

Roger Cochran (1956-2016)

Founding Pastor of Calvary Chapel Long Beach

For 31 years, Pastor Roger faithfully taught the saints of Long Beach and preached the Gospel to all who would listen. He was and is one of the most enduring Bible teachers in the Calvary Chapel Movement. As spiritual fads come and go in the Southern California area, you would always get the Word of God taught in a simple way from Pastor Roger. His passion for Jesus never diminished through the years and his legacy of faithful expository teaching is and will be a testimony for future pastors. Pastor Roger’s life verse was 1 Timothy 1:12 which says, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;”
Pastor Roger Cochran went home to be with his Lord and Savior on September 13, 2016. His ministry of faithfully teaching the Word of God book by book, chapter by chapter, and verse by verse, continues at Calvary Chapel Long Beach.
A Calvary Chapel Church

Calvary Chapel Long Beach is the proud product of the move of the Holy Spirit that occurred during the Jesus People movement of the late 60’s & early 70’s through the ministry of Pastor Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Maranatha!


Office Number:            Church Email: 

562-497-1154                lovinghisword@yahoo.com


5870 E Wardlow Road, 

Long Beach CA 90808

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