Our Story

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Calvary Church began as part of the Calvary Chapel movement which has always been known for being churches that teach the Bible… chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse. Calvary Church has great appreciation for its Calvary Chapel roots and remains in fellowship within the Calvary Chapel movement.  In 2016, Calvary Church chose to affiliate with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Pastor Dan Plourde grew up going to church, but his background was a blend of conservative Baptist, and charismatic Church of God.  After college Dan attended seminary.  One day, while driving back to seminary from Indianapolis, Dan picked up a radio program of someone teaching from the Bible.  He was mesmerized.  He had never heard the Bible taught this way.  As he drove further, the signal became faint so he pulled off the interstate and parked in a mall parking lot to listen to the rest of the program.  At that moment he thought, “I don’t plan on being a pastor, but if I did, that’s how I would do it.”

Many years later, Dan found himself in South Florida and he attended a Calvary Chapel for the first time.  He was hooked on the bible teaching. It was then that the Holy Spirit spoke to Dan about his calling in ministry.  Soon after, Dan went on staff at the church, and 2 1/2 years later God spoke to Dan and Cheryl calling them to start a church in Jupiter, FL. 

That was in 1997, and from the very first day Dan’s promise was that we preach God’s Word to whoever will show up.  Teaching the Word of God is central to what we do.  We value many things such as excellence, integrity, stewardship, faith, and grace… but teaching and studying God’s Word is what we have been called to do, and it is what we will continue to do until Jesus returns.