Calvary Chapel Worship Center functions as a New Testament Church recognizing the 5-fold ministry gifts in operation. We have a vision to build, as Nehemiah did, a church within whose walls Reconciliation, Restoration, and Revival will take place!
The Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel International Worship Center, Pastor Shawn and his wife, Mary Jane have been blessed with 4 children; Shawn Jr., Joshua David, Bethany Victoria and Charity Joy. They minister together in Worship and Word to bring the presence and freedom of God today.
Way back before the foundation of the world, God had a plan to place a church in the Hanover/Glen Burnie, Maryland area. In 1964, God directed Evangelist Paul Wilbur and his wife, Rachel, to start a church. He eventually became drawn to an old country church on top of a hill on Ridge Road in Hanover. Evangelist Wilbur started putting the word out about the vision from the Lord.
The small congregation soon became busy getting the old church on Ridge Road cleaned out. It had been vacant for awhile and there was so much debris in the building, they had to use a shovel to remove it all. The first members did not enjoy the comforts of today, as there was no running water or bathrooms. The holy Spirit’s wooing seemed to have overshadowed those inconveniences and the presence of God’s grace was more than enough as the altar was filled with people hungering for God.
The fist message that Pastor Wilbur preached to the new congregation was to set the vision for many years to come. He challenged the congregation to become a “Lighthouse to the Community” and to point the lost of our community to Jesus Christ.
The congregation soon outgrew the old church with the outhouse and founded another church nearby on Ridge Road. I suppose if you were to ask any of the original members if they missed having a church without bathrooms, they would say “no.” They would be more inclined to say that they miss the precious memories the church held for each one of them.
On September 10, 1972, Faith Chapel (Pastor Orlando Miller, Jr.) merged with Calvary Chapel.
Pastor Wilbur retired in the summer of 1975 and shared with Evangelist Anthony Spero that he believed God wanted him to become the next pastor of Calvary Chapel. Evangelist Spero was reluctant at first because he enjoyed traveling as an evangelist. He soon realized that God wanted him at Calvary Chapel. Subsequently, God spoke to Pastor Spero’s heart impressing him that Calvary Chapel was to become a lighthouse and hospital to the community and to the uttermost parts of the world.
All Nations Worship Center was a small group of believers who began utilizing space from Calvary Chapel. The leader was someone who had a passion to worship God. When this leader walked through Calvary Chapel’s doors for the first time, God spoke to him that he would one day pastor Calvary Chapel. A year later when God directed Pastor Spero to accept an assignment in Florida, God told him that Rev. Shawn Murphy, was to become the next senior pastor of Calvary Chapel. Subsequently, All Nations Worship Center and Calvary Chapel Christian Center merged to become Calvary Chapel International Worship Center.
From the original brochure for Calvary Chapel:
The Church believes in an aggressive Missionary Program both at home and abroad and is actively supporting missions in Africa-Ecuador and Japan. We believe the field is the world and that God will bless the home base as we continue to reach out for Him.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is inspired and the only infallible and authoritative Word of God.(2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
There is one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14; Dt. 6:4; Isa. 43:10)
Man-His Fall and Redemption
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God. Man, by voluntary trangression, fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ (Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)
Eternal Life and New Birth
Man's first step toward salvation is Godly Sorrow that worketh repentance. The new birth is neccessary to all men, and when fulfilled, produces eternal life. (John 3:35; 1 John 5:12; 2 Cor. 7:10)
Baptism in water by immersion is a direct commandment of our Lord and is for believers only. The ordinace is a symbol of the Christians identification with Christ in His death, buriel and resurrection. (Matt 28:19; Romans 6:4; Col. 12:2)
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in the dispensation and is received subsequently to the new birth. The initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit give utterance may accompany this experience (Matt 3:11; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4, 38-39; Acts 19:1-7)
Healing was purchased for us wholly: body, soul, and spirit. It is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is a privilege of every believer (Isa 53:4-5; Matt 8:16-17; 1 Peter 2:24)