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who we are

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

Ephesians 2:4-5



At Calvary Chapel Irmo, we like to say that we’re alive because we’re alive in Christ Jesus. We understand that believers have been recreated through a personal relationship with Christ Jesus and we encourage Christians to grow deeper relationships with Christ. We believe that relationships with Jesus need to be built on a strong, Biblical foundation. As a part of the Calvary Chapel movement, we teach through the Bible verse-by-verse, placing focus on God’s word rather than the words of man.


At Calvary Chapel Irmo, we make building relationships with fellow Christians a priority. Friendship is important for your walk with Christ. Having people you can be accountable to and relate with makes your relationship with God stronger. We believe this creates an atmosphere of real, genuine faith where we can worship God wholeheartedly.


As our church grows, it’s our goal to become firmly planted in our local community through outreach projects and events. 

In 1965, Pastor Chuck Smith began his ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa with just twenty-five people. At a pivotal time in history, Pastor Chuck welcomed all, without judgment, into the local church. With a sincere concern for the lost, Pastor Chuck and Kay Smith made room in the church and their home for a generation of hippies and surfers, serving in the midst of a powerful movement of the Holy Spirit that spread from the West Coast to the East Coast and throughout the world. In his ministry, he emphasized the teaching of the Word of God. In the wake of that move of the Holy Spirit, what began as a small local church grew into an international family of over 1,700 churches around the world. Pastor Chuck's simple, yet sound, expository approach to teaching the Bible has helped millions better understand God’s Word. 

To read Pastor Chuck's personal telling of the history of Calvary Chapel click here.