Calvary Preparatory Academy operates in affiliation with Calvary Chapel of Escondido, now known as Cross Connection Escondido. As an affiliate, Calvary Preparatory Academy upholds and admonishes the following statement of faith, compatible with Calvary Chapel of Escondido. However, Calvary Preparatory Academy welcomes students from all denominations and all walks of life. Whereas students are informed of the doctrinal statements of our affiliate church, they are at no time required to adhere to those doctrinal tenets. Calvary Preparatory Academy encourages an openness of discussion among its students, and in matters of differing views the school always points students to discuss items with their family/church community in light of the scriptures.
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Calvary Chapel of Escondido History
We have been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and to be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is His (agape) love which is greater than the differences we possess in the body of Christ and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians. Thus we are committed to loving unconditionally all whom the Holy Spirit would join to our fellowship, accepting without bias or prejudice, and forgiving as Christ has forgiven us.
We are affiliated with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California, which began in 1965, pastored by Chuck Smith, who became a leading figure in what has become known as the “Jesus Movement”. We are one of over a thousand Calvary Chapels spread throughout the United States and around the world.
In 1981, Pastor Pat Kenney took the role of Senior Pastor at Christian Chapel Escondido after serving for five years as the college and career pastor and worship leader at Walnut. Two years later, after struggling with the need for a more balanced, biblical approach to the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, along with an increasing hunger for the sound teachings of the Word of God, Pastor Pat requested and was granted fellowship with Calvary Chapel. Pastor Pat served faithfully as Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel of Escondido for 27 years, and in April of 2008 turned the church over to Pastor Miles DeBenedictis.
Pastor Miles began attending Calvary Chapel Escondido, with his family, when he was 11 years old. He was discipled and raised up through the youth ministry, and in January of 1999 came on staff as a pastoral intern. Miles has served in several capacities both in the US and overseas. He has enjoyed teaching bible classes at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrietta, CA, and its extension campuses in Costa Mesa, CA, Siegen, Germany and Dumaguete, Philippines. He and his wife Andrea were married in 2006 and started a family in 2008 with the birth of their first son Ethan.
We warmly invite you to get acquainted with our fellowship and our ministries!