Who We Are

Our Church History

Calvary Chapel Laguna Creek (CCLC) has its heritage in the Calvary Chapel movement with Pastor Chuck Smith.  Calvary Chapel started back in the early 1970s “Jesus Movement.”  We are really grateful for the teaching and example of Pastor Chuck.

CCLC started back in 1990 with a guy named Gary Grace.  Gary moved up here from Southern California after getting saved and serving at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.  In 1994, Gary shifted his efforts to Lodi and started a Calvary Chapel there.  The Lord raised up Rich Chaffin to pastor CCLC.  Pastor Rich got saved in the 1980s in high school. 
He went to Bible college but feels like he learned “the ministry” while serving as a janitor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.  Rich continues to pastor here and still loves it.

At age 22, CCLC moved into its current facility at 2212 Kausen Dr. in Elk Grove.  CCLC began as a small Bible study meeting at the “Laguna Lake” subdivision club house.  CCLC then moved to a leased facility on Big Horn Blvd. across from the Century Theaters.  But CCLC eventually outgrew that location and went portable.  CCLC was a “portable church” meeting at McKee Elementary and Laguna Creek High School over a span of 12 years.  Regardless of where we have met, Jesus has always been faithful to work in our lives and allowed us to bless people all over the world.

How is the Church Organized?

Well, the Bible says that Jesus is the “head” of the church. So we think Jesus should be in charge. So, we have a pastor who listens to Jesus and tries to follow where He is leading. There is a small group of men at the church who get together with the pastor occasionally so they can talk to God and listen together. 
They will wait until the Lord gives clear direction and then move forward as He leads.
We don’t have any official church membership. People are free to come and go as they believe the Lord is directing them. We have a lot of devoted people who the Lord has directed to our church. It’s a blessing to have them around.