At our first Sunday morning service, June 20, 1982. There were 100 of us.
I look at what God has done, over 26 churches around the city, Harvest Crusades, Churches around the world, the mobile apps and websites (there are over 200,000 sermon downloads every month!), 135 countries and we have brothers and sisters around the world.
We are all so thankful for your trust. Thank you for your patience as we have grown. Cathy and I and the pastors and their wives, thank you for the wonderful journey. You trusted us when we were young. You trusted us all these years, prayed for all of us and you kept coming.
God’s Word is faithful, here we are 30 years later and still in the pages of the Bible and I think of what He has done as His seed has been sown and fallen on good soil around the world. There’s no secret to it, it’s the Bible, it’s the Word of God, it bears fruit.
From Joe and all of the Pastoral Staff at Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia
A Brief History of CCPhilly
First Bible Study
25 people meet at Arthur’s Catering Hall
First Sunday Service
Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia officially begins.
June 1st, 1982
Straight From the Heart begins broadcasting on WZZD once a week on Saturday mornings.
Move to Bucks County
First Sunday morning service in the new building.
December 1st, 1984
Second Sunday Morning Service
Expanded to two services on Sunday mornings.
March 31st, 1985
Third Sunday Morning Service
Expanded to three Sunday morning services.
Our first Women’s Retreat at Willow Valley Inn, Lancaster,PA
Fourth Sunday Morning Service
Expand to four Sunday morning services.
Six Weekend Services
Saturday evening service added to the four Sunday morning services, one Sunday evening service and one mid-week service.
We can now fit everyone in two Sunday morning services.
Third Sunday Service
Expand to three Sunday morning services.
Adding a School
Calvary Christian Academy Elementary School opens with Pre-K thru 8th grades.
Calvary Christian Academy High School opens.
CCPhilly Hits the Internet
ccphilly.org website is launched providing access to teachings online.
Estudios Bíblicos en Español
Spanish services begin.
Pastor Joe’s Teachings in Russian
Services are now being translated into Russian.
Mobile Apps Launched
You can now listen to Pastor Joe’s entire Bible teaching archive on your mobile device.
Videos Added to Teaching Archive
Video of Sunday morning studies are made available on the website.