Hello & Welcome To Calvary Mill Creek!
We are a new church in the community of Mill Creek, WA. Currently we are gathering together on Sunday mornings @ 10:30am at Penny Creek Elementary School. We began as a church plant from Calvary Everett. Our first Saturday evening gathering was on May 10, 2014. With five other families we were able to cover the basics of the ministry and venture out in faith to see what God might want to do in Mill Creek. We have a nursery for the Little Lambs (1-4), Kids Church for the elementary kids (ages 5-9), and a youth study (ages 10-14), and then the main service for everyone else. We are currently praying for a youth leader and looking forward to developing a High school youth group to support and minister to our teens. Please feel free to browse our website, listen to a few messages and get to know us a little better. We ultimately hope that you are able to visit and see what God might want to do in your life through the church, and in our lives, through you.
Who We Are & How We Got HereOpen or Close
I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I remember going to a Presbyterian church until I was about 7. After high school and an unsuccessful year of college, I joined the Marine Corps. It was in California as a Marine, that I was introduced to Calvary Chapel. I attended Calvary Chapel Vista, under Pastor Brian Broderson, (now Sr. Pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa). CCV was a place of sending out, it wasn’t "where are you going?" it was "when are you going?". Feeling that calling on my life, in 1996, I headed to Poland as a missionary from Calvary Chapel Vista. A year later, I returned to the states to marry the lovely Alyson, my Polish Pennsylvania bride! (we now have 4 amazing children and 17 years of marriage and ministry under our belts).
We then spent time in Pennsylvania and helped lead the youth at a small bible believing church for about 2 years. Due to a family illness, we moved to Phoenix AZ where we attended Calvary Chapel North Phoenix. As part of the Discipleship Training group lead by the Sr. Pastor and his wife, Bob and Jeanne Claycamp, the Lord began preparing us for leadership in the ministry. Soon after, the Lord called me to quit my job as a manager of Wal-Mart, and opened the door for me to intern at CCNP, where I was later ordained. Again, we felt the tug from the Lord to “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” So we moved back to Pennsylvania, where we planted a church, Abiding Truth Christian Fellowship, in State College. We served there for 7 years and in November of 2012 the Lord called us to a new venture of faith. We found ourselves moving cross country again, this time to the Northwest to help and be a part of Calvary Everett, Washington as they went through some transitions. There, I co-pastored with their new pastor, Billy Wheeler, my long time friend from the Marines.
After serving and supporting there for about a year and a half, we felt it time to launch out to a new work, planting a church in Mill Creek. With a team of 5 wonderful servant families, we began seeking the Lord as to how and where we were to meet. The Lord opened the door and provided for us to meet at Penny Creek Elementary School. With the Lord at the helm, we had our first service on Saturday evening, May 10th, 2014, studying through the book of Romans. We have had a wonderful summer getting to know many families from the area, reaching out to the community at several Mill Creek Community events and preparing for the transition to Sunday mornings.
We invite you to come worship with us!
History Of Calvary ChapelOpen or Close
In 1965, Pastor Chuck Smith began his ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa with just twenty-five people. From the beginning, Pastor Chuck welcomed all, young and old, without judgment, placing his emphasis on the teaching of the Word of God. His simple, yet sound, expositional biblical approach has helped millions better understand God’s Word.
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; generating a movement of the Holy Spirit that spread from the West Coast to the East Coast, and now, throughout the world.
What began as a small local church has now grown into an international ministry of over 1600 fellowships throughout the world, all in the last 40 years.
To read Pastor Chuck's personal telling of the history of Calvary Chapel click here.
Statement of FaithOpen or Close
We believe that the Scriptures, which consist of the Old and New Testaments, are the fully inspired Word of God without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which the church operates, and the basis by which the church is governed. We believe that the 66 books of the Bible supersede any and all earthly law in precept and principle (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4 and 1:21).
We believe that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory. We believe that the Trinity created all, upholds all, and governs all things (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8 and 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3).
God the Father
We believe in the person of God the Father—an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit—perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 3:16 and 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3).
We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, teachings, substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58 and 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8).
God the Holy Spirit
We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit—that He proceeds forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He does regenerate, sanctify, and empower for ministry all who believe the biblical gospel (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26 and 15:13,16; Hebrews 9:14).
We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and functions as their abiding helper, teacher, and guide (John 6:13, 14:16-17 and 16:8-11; Romans 8:26).
We believe the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is a distinct and separate experience to that of regeneration, occurring either subsequent to, or simultaneous with the experience of the new birth. We believe the baptism with the Holy Spirit is evidenced in the Christian’s life as a dynamic enablement to be a bold and more effective witness for the gospel.
We believe that the supreme evidence of the Spirit-filled life is the fruit of the Spirit, and love (Galatians 5:33-23; 1 Corinthians 13).
We believe in and advocate the present-day ministry of the Holy Spirit in the church regarding the exercise of all biblical gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to the instructions outlined in 1 Corinthians 12-14.
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and choice. All people have broken the law and heart of God at the level of desire, imagination, thought, and behavior, and as a result are under God’s righteous judgment.
We believe the gospel—the good news that God forgives, regenerates, and saves all who come to Him through faith in the biblical gospel. This is possible because, though all humans are guilty, Jesus Christ died on the cross in our place for our sins absorbing God’s wrath on our behalf. In so doing God is able to forgive the spiritual crimes of people without violating the demands of justice. God now offers an invitation to every sinner to believe in the gospel for reconciliation with God. We believe Jesus will ultimately renew the entire cosmos in the new heaven and earth, and that all who believe the gospel will rule and reign with Him in His kingdom (Romans 3:23, Acts 3:19, Acts 20:21, Ephesians 2:1-3, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 John 2:2, John 3:16, Matthew 11:28, Revelation 22:17).
We believe in the pattern and principle of male leadership and responsibility in both the home and the church. We believe this limits the roles of pastoral leadership and doctrinal authority to qualified men (1 Corinthians 11:1-12, 1 Timothy 2:1-15).
We believe that God created mankind male and female. Men and women are both created in the image of God, and as such, they are equal in value, dignity, and worth, but different in function so as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. Therefore, we perform marriages in accordance with the Bible consistent with the Old and New Testament precepts (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; John 4:16-18; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11, 6:18-20, 7:1-3 and 7:8-9; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; 1 Timothy 1:9-11).
We believe in the universal church—the living and organic spiritual body of people—of which Christ is the Head and all who are born-again through faith in the biblical gospel are a part (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church: (a) full emersion water baptism of believers in the gospel, and (b) the Lord’s Supper (or communion) (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell. All those who place their faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord, while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation proclaimed in the gospel will spend eternity separated from God and His people in hell (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9 and 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11 and 20:11-15).
We believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church through which all believers will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and be taken out of the world prior to the Tribulation that will then come upon the earth (Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-16 and 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10 and 7:13-14).
We believe the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will be a personal, visible return to earth. The Second Coming will coincide with the establishment of His millennial kingdom, the resurrection, final judgment, eternal blessing of the righteous, and eternal condemnation of the wicked (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15).
Pastor Larry's Personal TestimonyOpen or Close
The summer between high school and college I went away on a camping and canoeing retreat. The previous year the Lord had been working on my heart through a summer job, painting with one other guy, who was a believer and read the bible to me everyday at lunch. I wasn’t ready until the retreat, to finally give everything up to the Lord, which included a heavy social life and a long time high school girlfriend. But during that retreat, I knew I was going to give my life to Christ. No one taught me the gospel or gave an altar call; the Lord just gave me some understanding that I wasn’t right and I desperately wanted to be.
So one night on the trip I ask the most mature Christian in the group if he would go down to the river and pray with me. He offered to lead me in a prayer but I didn’t want to follow a script, I knew what I wanted to say, so I prayed. I didn’t see or feel any different after that for about a week, but then one night as I drove home, my emotions finally caught up with what my will had decided to do a week earlier and today I look back on that drive with Jesus with great joy and a precious memory.
At this point I really wasn’t churched at all and had very little understanding about how to walk as a Christian. I went away to college and tried in my own strength to live right before God. I even remember praying that I wanted to prove my love to God and that He could test me like Job. What a fool! I had no idea what I was saying. But more importantly I had no idea what GRACE was all about. Well, the Lord would allow me to learn the most important truth as a believer, that is, His Grace. I was separated from all Christians in college playing soccer and traveling with the team. No church, no Word of God, no believing friend. I started making small compromises that lead to big ones (like they always do). And six months later I fell into sin and immediately my eyes were opened as if scales fell from them.
I looked back over the previous six months and saw all that had happened and felt like I had just lost my salvation. I became very depressed and started failing my classes and finally dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps, desperate for a fresh new start, longing for a new beginning. After a few months, I watched an old 70’s movie on the rapture and I finally came to the biblical understanding that I can’t do anything to make up for my past sin.
God by His grace has to forgive me because of who He is and what He did on the cross, and not for anything I can do. I finally got it, His Grace is a total gift!