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!
In 2016 Pastor Roger went Home to be with the Lord. Andrew, his son & the Assistant Pastor of Calvary Chapel Long Beach, became the Senior Pastor.
Through every location change, and every storm of life, Calvary Chapel Long Beach has remained strong and faithful to the 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.
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."
Season for Marriage, In Touch (Convalescent Outreach), Promise Keepers,
Life Verse: John 15:5
Season for Marriage, Promise Keepers, Greeters, Accounting
Board Member (Treasurer), GO! Team (Evangelism)
Life Verse: Jeremiah 29:11
Abide (Young Adults), Joyful Life (Assistant), Greeters
Life Verse: Luke 10:27
Church Elder, Abide (Young Adults), Uttermost (Missions), Tabernacle Team,
Life Verse: Jeremiah 29:11
Worship Leader, Tabernacle Team.
Life Verse: 1 Timothy 4:12
Web Design, Podcasting
Life Verse: Romans 4:3-5
Board Member (Secretary), Usher, Basketfull (Meals Ministry)
Life Verse: Galatians 5:16
Roger Cochran (1956-2016)
Founding Pastor of Calvary Chapel Long Beach