Welcome to Calvary Chapel Newnan
Calvary Chapel is a Non-Denominational Christian Fellowship in Newnan, GA. We focus on verse by verse expository teaching through the Bible, while seeking to live out a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in the Power of the Holy Spirit.
Calvary Chapel Newnan began as a home Bible Fellowship with a small group of believers in early 2014. The initial Bible study was intended to be an informal gathering of about three families, but as word spread about the study, so did the number of people interested in attending. Our first Bible study was a gathering of 24 adults and a few children. The adults met in the living and dining room while the children met in the Florida room. Tables and chairs were removed from the dining room the second week to accommodate more seating, and even then, people were still sitting on the floor. Two college students were hired to watch the children each week during the Bible study. Pastor Joel began to teach the Bible verse by verse in Genesis 1:1, and the group would fellowship, pray, and then study the Bible in a study circle.
Around May of 2014, Pastor Joel attended a Pastor's conference at Calvary Chapel Stone Mountain. During the conference, God laid it on Pastor Joel's heart to start a Calvary Chapel church in Newnan. When he shared that news with the Bible study group, many also felt God's leadership to participate in the new work.
At that time, Joel was working full time as a Real Estate Agent, and noticed a vacant chapel near his home. A little investigation revealed that the chapel was owned by another local church who used the facility to help start new churches. The terms were excellent, and the rent was affordable. The Bible study group went to work painting and preparing the little chapel, modest, but adequate. After a month of renovations and preparation, the group relocated from the living room to the little chapel. Calvary Chapel Newnan had its first public service in the little chapel on the first Sunday in September, 2014.
God began to bless the little group, slow at first, but the Lord's hand was upon them. In 2017 the group had outgrown the 80 person capacity of the little chapel and moved to two services. The church continued to grow and a year later was around 130 people with a small, but growing youth and children's ministry. Other groups had formed, such as a women's ministry and men's ministry. Volunteers form the church pioneered the church Student Ministry and Children's Ministry.
By the summer of 2017, the small church was looking for a larger building. One afternoon at the community swimming pool, Pastor Joel and a friend began to discuss the need for a larger church building. Not long after that, the friend contacted Pastor Joel and disclosed that his church had just purchased a property, and that they would be vacating their leased building in downtown Newnan.
Calvary Chapel took possession of the new building on Savannah street and began renovations. The church held its first service in the new building on the first Sunday of August 2018.
Since then, the church has continued to grow and the Lord's hand has been mighty upon the Fellowship. Ministries continued to expand, the church continued to grow, and even with the Pandemic of 2020, God's grace has been upon the church. Calvary Chapel began live streaming services in 2020, and more people have been reached with the good news of Jesus both around the country and here in Newnan.
God is faithful, and Calvary Chapel Newnan is excited to see what the Lord will do next. Come and be a part of the Lord's work in this amazing Fellowship!
It would be our joy to have you as our Guest this Sunday!
Calvary Chapel Newnan is an affiliate Fellowship of the Calvary Chapel Association, and adheres to the statement of faith and philosophy of ministry of the CCA. The Calvary Chapel movement began in 1965, and was led by Pastor Chuck Smith until his death in 2013. Today, the Movement is overseen by regional directors who affiliate new churches, plan and schedule conferences, and encourage the Pastors in the Lord. CCN is an independent autonomous church in voluntary fellowship with the CCA.