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."
Joyful Life Women's
Life Verse: Matthew 6:33 & Proverbs 3:5-6
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
Children's Ministry: Club 3:16
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
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.
Worship Leader, Tabernacle Team.
Life Verse: 1 Timothy 4:12