The Origin of the Calvary Chapel Movement
The Calvary Chapel movement began in Costa Mesa, California in the late 1960s. Pastor Chuck Smith and his wife, Kay, had a strong concern for the youth in the hippie movement. They dedicated their time tell them about the love of Jesus and to lead by example. Jesus saved many hippies and granted much growth. Today Calvary Chapel is one of the largest Christian churches in the United States and there are over 1,600 affiliated churches worldwide.
... in Europe and Germany ...
In 1984 Pastor Nick Long first came to Europe as part of a music team. After further visits in 1986 and 1987, his desire to plant a church in Germany grew. With his wife, Sue, and their two daughters, he moved to Siegen, where he founded and led the first Calvary Chapel church in Germany.
Chris and Nada Waldrop came to Münster in March 2010 with the vision of God to plant a Calvary Chapel church. They started with prayer for the city and God added other people to join the church planting. In July 2010, the group began to meet weekly in the Waldrops' living room for worship, prayer, and Bible study, until finally the first Sunday service was held in November that year.
After two years in which the church had grown both externally and internally, Chris had a clear vision for the church and its purpose in Münster. Because of this vision, the church was named "Livestone Chapel".
After God led the Waldrop family to a new ministry in Florida at the end of 2018, Achim Paul followed God's call and moved with his family to Münster in 2019 to take over as pastor of the church.
We are excited to see how God continues to write the story of Livestone Chapel. We trust that God will lead us through his Spirit, so that people from different nations can find a spiritual home with us and we can be a blessing for Münster and beyond.