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About Calvary Chapel Visalia

In July of 1978, Pastor Bob Grenier, and his wife Gayle moved to Visalia, and Calvary Chapel Visalia was started.

We had talked and prayed with Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, and together with his blessing, Gayle and I moved from Eugene Oregon, where I had been pastoring the Shiloh Fellowship, and Calvary Chapel of Visalia held it’s first services, at 1:30 on Sunday afternoons, in a community room of a local store called Gottshalks.

We also began Calvary Chapel Visalia with a couple of home fellowships that met during the week. These were very exciting times and very challenging, and very rewarding. As Calvary Chapel Visalia began to grow, we were able to move our services to the local YMCA, and spent the next 16 1/2 years there.

Calvary Chapel Visalia slowly, but surely began to become established in the community and we grew as a body, not just numerically, but in our love for Jesus Christ, and for one another and for the city of Visalia, and the world we live in.