Our Story

Welcome to Calvary Chapel of Delaware County (we like to call ourselves, "ccdelco"). Below you will find information or links to help you get to know a little bit about us.

OUR MISSION

To lead people on a journey to become fully-devoted followers of Christ.


how do we do that?

We create environments that are a catalyst to encountering God, growing as a disciple, and connecting as a community to impact the world.


Innovate Academy

Did you know we have a school? What if a private, Christian education was affordable? Or what if your child's learning could be completely integrated with spiritual formation every day? Be sure to check out Innovate Academy, our classical Christian academy for PreK-8th Grade. 

The Table Cafe

  

Our cafe serves up specialty coffee drinks, hearty breakfasts, artisanal sandwiches, soups, decadent pastries, and more! At the Table, we believe some of humanity has been lost in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. So we opened a full service cafe for you to engage in meaningful conversations around a hot cup of coffee. Bring your work on a weekday or stay after church to connect with friends — we saved a seat for you.

The Shelf Bookstore

  

Some could say we're a church of bookworms. We love reading about what God has done, is currently doing, and has yet to do! Our bookstore is curated with the best Christian literature that will propel & equip your walk with God. We've got books on everything: Christian life, theology, culture, memoirs, prayer — you name it. Not a book reader? We've got jewelry, wall prints, candles, apparel, cards, and so much more. Visit our bookstore on Sundays from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM. 

Our History

Get to know what's been in our DNA from the beginning. God has been gracious, and we look forward to the coming years and all that He may lead us into by His grace. 

Calvary Chapel of Delaware County is part of the larger association of like-minded churches as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Their supreme desire is to know Christ and to be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our church began with a dream on the playground at Media Elementary School as Pastor Bob and his wife, Monica, played with their young daughter. They looked across the street at the Media Theatre and dreamed about all that God might do through the local church in Delaware County, PA. It was at that time that God gave them the scripture Isaiah 43:18-20: "I will even made a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The beasts of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give water in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen."

Pastor Bob, sensing that God had a call on his life, began leading a small Bible study in Ridley Park, PA. Pastor Bob met others along the way and shared his vision for planting a church in Delco. The church was organized, and Calvary's first service was held in the Barnstormers Theater in Ridley Park in the fall of 1993.

By 1996, Calvary Chapel of Delaware County (now branded ccdelco) had outgrown The Barnstormers Theater facility and moved to The Christian Academy building in Media, PA, (lovingly called "708").

In 1998, Pastor Bob left the Boeing Company after 12 years full time, to pursue ministry. Sunday services moved to downtown Media — the adults meeting in the historic Media Theatre and the children in the very elementary school Pastor Bob had originally dreamed (Media Elementary). All other ministries continued to meet at the 708 facility. In 2003, a 24-acre property was purchased in Chadds Ford, PA, and a building campaign ensued several years later. By God's grace on April 18, 2010, the doors were open to a spacious new 35,000 sq. ft. facility. A new chapter in Calvary's journey began.

The  24 acre property has become a launching pad for vibrant ministry. In addition to regional conferences, outdoor Sizzlin Summer services (slogan "We Do Church Outside"), and other ministry ventures. ccdelco became a "justice church" in 2013, partnering with IJM to see human trafficking and bonded slavery come to an end around the world. Our annual "Compassion and Justice Weekends" have become a hallmark of our church; and ignited the hearts of many to serve the most marginalized of our society (our exhibit also went on tour with IJM).

In 2014, we embarked on a 20/20 vision, which includes the opening of a classical Christian school, extension campus east of ccdelco, phase 2 building project, and an increased partnership with one of our global partners — Nairobi Chapel in Kenya.

In 2016, ccdelco completed phase 2, a 15,000 sq. ft. addition that included a chapel with three breakout rooms, new youth and multi-use space, a bookstore, and The Table, our signature gathering space with full coffee bar and restaurant. 

We continue to offer Sizzlin Summer outdoor services that have seen over 1,450 baptisms and continues to be one of the great evangelistic outreaches the Lord has used.

We are partnering with ministries in 5 global countries, with our flagship partner — Nairobi Chapel in Kenya. Having planted over 200 daughter churches in Kenya and around the world, we are partnering with this ministry in a variety of ways, including the venture of turning a former IDP camp into a fully functioning village with a local church, school, medical center, etc. Our other global partnerships are in Russia, Nepal, and BuildinGUATE in Guatemala, 

On September 5, 2018, we welcomed the inaugural class of Innovate Academy, our Classical Christian Academy for students PreK to 6th grade. One year later, our enrollment doubled and extended to 8th grade. Our blended model of three days onsite, two days offsite has been an incredible blessing to our church family. We are excited to see it continue growing in the years to come!