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2024 calvary chapel southwest pastors and leaders conference: biblical leadership

Handout

Welcome to the 2024 Pastors and Leaders Conference: Biblical Leadership! This handout will be your guide as you attend the conference. You can find the schedule, merchandise discounts, places to eat, and more!

If you have any questions or need assistance please ask one of the volunteers.

Speakers Schedule

Day 1: Monday
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Worship
12:30 PM - 12:55 PM
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Session 1
12:55 PM - 1:55 PM
Robert Furrow: Good & Bad Leaders
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Robert Furrow
Pastor at Calvary Tucson
Sessions
Monday, March 4th at 12:55 PM - 1:55 PM: Session 1
Wednesday, March 6th at 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM: Session 9

Robert is committed to the study of the Word and maintaining a close walk with God as he serves and shepherds the Calvary Tucson church. In early childhood, Robert had aspirations to become a pastor. This desire was either the product of his love for God or his perception that pastors worked only one day a week (he was to be in for somewhat of a rude awakening!).

When a youth leader challenged his faith in Christ, Robert received Jesus and became born again. Near the end of High School, Robert’s faith was shaken when his pastor and his long-time mentor were both caught in adulterous affairs.

After a year of trying to live his own way, he returned to the church and recommitted his life to Christ. It was after this recommitment that a vibrant, passionate new believer named Lisa caught his eye. They were soon married. Together they attended Calvary Albuquerque, where Robert began to serve as a youth pastor.

In 1985 Robert and Lisa moved with their young daughter to Tucson, Arizona, to teach a small Bible study. The church immediately began to thrive, and Calvary Tucson continues to grow today. Lisa Furrow was a driving force behind many ministries at Calvary Tucson. In addition to leading the Women’s Ministry, she and Robert together cast the vision for the Practical Christian Living Foundation raising thousands to build wells for fresh water in Asia, aiding an orphanage in Mexico, and helping the chronically ill in Tucson, etc.

After almost 30 years of marriage and a 1-year battle with stage 4 lung cancer, Robert said goodbye as Lisa left this world and entered into heaven on December 15, 2012. Her ministries continue today, and Lisa’s Blog continues to encourage and inspire more people.

After this dark time in his life, Robert was blessed to find a light in Kathy, and they married in the spring of 2015. Robert and Kathy could not be happier with the life God has given them, enjoying a new and fruitful season with hopes to reach the city of Tucson more than ever before.

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Session 2
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM
David Guzik: Leading Through Crisis
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David Guzik
Pastor, Bible Teacher, and Author of a Widely Used Bible Commentary
Session
Monday, March 4th at 2:20 PM - 3:10 PM: Session 2

David Guzik is a pastor, Bible teacher, and author of a widely used Bible commentary. Millions of people use David’s online Bible commentary on sites such as Enduring Word and Blue Letter Bible.

David has been in Christian service for more than 35 years, including two church plants and more than seven years as a missionary in Germany, as director and teacher for an international school (Calvary Chapel Bible College Germany).

David earned a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1991. Through the years of David’s pastoral ministry and writing of the Bible commentary, he had no formal Bible College or seminary training. David earned a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Calvary Chapel University in 2021.

David is married to Inga-Lill for more than 39 years and together they have three adult children and two grandchildren.

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Session 3
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
Ed Taylor: The Suffering Leader
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Ed Taylor
Pastor at Calvary Church in Aurora, CO
Session
Monday, March 4th at 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM: Session 3

I hope to encourage, uplift, and stir up love and good works in your life. It is my greatest desire to help draw your eyes back to the One who loves you and is working out all things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. I am currently serving Jesus as the Pastor of Calvary Chapel Aurora located in Aurora, Colorado. I can’t even begin to share the joy I have in serving Him. It’s clear to see how God’s grace is amazingly abundant in our lives.

I’ve been married to Marie for 28 years and serving Jesus 26 of those years. We have three children Joshua, Caitlin, and our eldest son, Eddie, who went home to be with Jesus on May 27, 2013, after enduring 23 days in a coma brought on by a sudden cardiac arrest. He, his voice, and his influence are so desperately missed. He left behind our precious grandson, Levi, which we now wait patiently on the Lord to reunite us to him. #onedaylittleguy

Dinner
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Make sure to check out the restaurant coupons.
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Worship
7:00 PM - 7:25 PM
greg koukl
Session 4
7:25 PM - 8:25 PM
Greg Koukl: The Bankruptcy of Moral Relativism
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Greg Koukl
Author, Speaker, and Founder of Stand to Reason
Session
Monday, March 4th at 7:25 PM - 8:25 PM: Session 4

Greg founded Stand to Reason in 1993 and currently serves as President of Stand to Reason. He has spoken on more than 70 college and university campuses both in the U.S. and abroad and has hosted his own call-in radio show for 27 years, advocating for “Christianity worth thinking about.” He has debated atheist Michael Shermer on national radio and Deepak Chopra on national television. An award-winning writer and best-selling author, Greg has written seven books, including The Story of Reality—How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between; Tactics—A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions, and Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air. Greg has been featured on Focus on the Family radio and has been interviewed for CBN and the BBC. He's been quoted in Christianity Today, the U.S. News & World Report, and the L.A. Times.

Greg received his Masters in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology, graduating with high honors, and his Masters in Christian Apologetics with honors from Simon Greenleaf University. He is an adjunct professor in Christian apologetics at Biola University.

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Worship
8:25 PM - 8:30 PM
Day 2: Tuesday
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Worship
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
jim gallagher
Session 5
9:20 AM - 10:10 AM
Jim Gallagher: Lead as You Follow
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Jim Gallagher
Pastor at Calvary Chapel Vero Beach
Session
Tuesday, March 5th at 9:20 AM - 10:10 AM: Session 5

When I was 17 years old and a senior in high school, I heard for the first time that Jesus loved me, died for me and if I would receive Him, He would give me everlasting life. I said yes, and Jesus changed my life. A few years later I was given an opportunity to teach the Bible for the first time, and from that day, I knew what God had called me to do: teach others the simple truths about Jesus. When I was 23, I was hired as an assisting pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa where I served in youth ministry until 1998.

I have been pastoring Calvary Chapel Vero Beach since 1998. My heart’s desire for God’s people can be summed up in Paul’s words to the Ephesians: “‘Til we come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” I believe that the desire of God and the purpose of the Church is to be a place where we can grow in our relationship with Christ through the study of His Word.

daniel fusco
Session 6
10:35 AM - 11:25 AM
Daniel Fusco: Humility in Leadership
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Daniel Fusco
Pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, WA
Session
Tuesday, March 5th at 10:35 AM - 11:25 AM: Session 6

I grew up spiritually apathetic and culturally Catholic. Because of faithful people sharing with me the truth about who Jesus is, I came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in 1998 while I was in my last year at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. After spending a few years touring as a professional upright and electric bass player, I felt called to pastoral ministry. My spiritual leaders confirmed this call, and I was taken on staff at Calvary Chapel Marin under the direction of Pastor John Henry Corcoran in January of 2000.

After being ordained in 2002, I was sent back to the East Coast to plant Calvary Chapel New Brunswick. In November of 2006, I turned over the church to a pastor who I had helped raise up, so I could move back to the San Francisco Bay area and plant more churches.

While I was there, I planted Calvary North Bay in Mill Valley, CA and in 2010 while continuing to pastor Calvary North Bay, I planted Calvary San Francisco. Both churches grew and I helped raise up leadership teams in each of them. I founded the Calvary Church Planting Network, which helps facilitate and support church planters.

In 2012, God blew my mind when he led me to turn over both of those churches and move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where I became the Lead Pastor of Crossroads Community Church, which has campuses in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR. Crossroads was one of the first mega-churches in the Northwest, founded in 1976, and God is still doing an amazing work in Vancouver/Portland area through the Crossroads family of faith.

Lunch
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Food Trucks Onsite. View the Restaurant coupons.
Q&A Session
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Q&A with Panel Speakers. Text your questions to 520-222-9139
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Sean McDowell
Author, Speaker, and Professor at Biola University
Sessions
Wednesday, March 6th at 9:10 AM - 10:45 AM: Session 8 and Q&A Session

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike. In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California. The Association of Christian Schools International awarded Exemplary Status to his apologetics training. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.

Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences. He has spoken for organizations including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Cru, Youth Specialties, Hume Lake Christian Camps, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean is the co-host for the Think Biblically podcast, which is one of the most popular podcasts on faith and cultural engagement. Sean's YouTube channel (Dr. Sean McDowell) is one of the top apologetics channels.

Sean is the author, co-author, or editor of over twenty books including Chasing Love, The Fate of the Apostles, So The Next Generation Will Know (with J. Warner Wallace), Evidence that Demands a Verdict (with Josh McDowell), Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage (with John Stonestreet), Is God Just a Human Invention? (with Jonathan Morrow) and Understanding Intelligent Design (with William A. Dembski). Sean is the General Editor for A New Kind of Apologist, Apologetics for a New Generation, Sharing the Good News with Mormons, and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. Sean has one of the leading apologetics blogs, which can be read at seanmcdowell.org.

In April 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children and live in San Juan Capistrano, California. Sean played college basketball at Biola University and was the captain his senior year on a team that went 30-7.

gary hamrick
Session 7
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Gary Hamrick: Lessons in Nehemiah
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Gary Hamrick
Pastor at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, VA
Session
Tuesday, March 5th at 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM: Session 7

Pastor Gary Hamrick has been in full-time ministry since 1987 when he first served as a youth pastor to high school teens. Then in 1991, he began pastoring Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, VA when all 18 charter members asked him to become the first pastor of this new, start-up church. Today, Cornerstone is the church home to several thousand weekly worshipers, and it is Pastor Gary’s desire to equip them through the teaching of God’s Word, relating the truth of the Bible to everyday life in practical, relevant, and often humorous ways.

Gary received Christ as his personal Lord and Savior when he was in high school and soon thereafter wrestled with a “call” into the ministry. He initially denied that calling and instead pursued a communications degree at American University with aspirations of becoming a broadcast journalist. However, after his sophomore year in college, he surrendered to that calling on his life, changed schools, completed a Bachelor of Biblical Studies, and was ordained by Pastor Chuck Smith and the Calvary Chapel Association.

Pastor Gary has been married to Terri since 1987 and they have three grown children (who also serve in ministry) and six grandchildren, with a seventh on the way. Terri volunteers as the Director of Women’s Ministry leading weekly Bible studies and prayer meetings with the women of Cornerstone.

Pastoring in the shadow of the Nation’s Capital has allowed Pastor Gary on different occasions to meet and pray with Cabinet Secretaries, Supreme Court Justices, members of Congress, and the Israeli Ambassador. Pastor Gary is on the Advisory Board for The Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. He also serves as the Chief Chaplain for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (the largest Sheriff’s Office in Virginia with 600 sworn deputies and 200 civilian personnel). His radio broadcast “Cornerstone Connection” can be heard weekdays across the country in 27 states and the District of Columbia.

Pastor Gary is an avid news “junkie” and enjoys fishing, camping, playing sports, woodworking, umpiring high school baseball, and especially spending time with his family.

Franklin Graham Event: 6:30 PM at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
Day 3: Wednesday
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Worship
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
sean mcdowell
Session 8
9:10 AM - 10:00 AM
Sean McDowell: Building Relational Bridges
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Sean McDowell
Author, Speaker, and Professor at Biola University
Sessions
Wednesday, March 6th at 9:10 AM - 10:45 AM: Session 8 and Q&A Session

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike. In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California. The Association of Christian Schools International awarded Exemplary Status to his apologetics training. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.

Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences. He has spoken for organizations including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Cru, Youth Specialties, Hume Lake Christian Camps, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean is the co-host for the Think Biblically podcast, which is one of the most popular podcasts on faith and cultural engagement. Sean's YouTube channel (Dr. Sean McDowell) is one of the top apologetics channels.

Sean is the author, co-author, or editor of over twenty books including Chasing Love, The Fate of the Apostles, So The Next Generation Will Know (with J. Warner Wallace), Evidence that Demands a Verdict (with Josh McDowell), Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage (with John Stonestreet), Is God Just a Human Invention? (with Jonathan Morrow) and Understanding Intelligent Design (with William A. Dembski). Sean is the General Editor for A New Kind of Apologist, Apologetics for a New Generation, Sharing the Good News with Mormons, and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. Sean has one of the leading apologetics blogs, which can be read at seanmcdowell.org.

In April 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children and live in San Juan Capistrano, California. Sean played college basketball at Biola University and was the captain his senior year on a team that went 30-7.

Q&A Session
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Q&A with Sean McDowell. Text your questions to 520-222-9139
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Sean McDowell
Author, Speaker, and Professor at Biola University
Sessions
Wednesday, March 6th at 9:10 AM - 10:45 AM: Session 8 and Q&A Session

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike. In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California. The Association of Christian Schools International awarded Exemplary Status to his apologetics training. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.

Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences. He has spoken for organizations including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Cru, Youth Specialties, Hume Lake Christian Camps, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean is the co-host for the Think Biblically podcast, which is one of the most popular podcasts on faith and cultural engagement. Sean's YouTube channel (Dr. Sean McDowell) is one of the top apologetics channels.

Sean is the author, co-author, or editor of over twenty books including Chasing Love, The Fate of the Apostles, So The Next Generation Will Know (with J. Warner Wallace), Evidence that Demands a Verdict (with Josh McDowell), Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage (with John Stonestreet), Is God Just a Human Invention? (with Jonathan Morrow) and Understanding Intelligent Design (with William A. Dembski). Sean is the General Editor for A New Kind of Apologist, Apologetics for a New Generation, Sharing the Good News with Mormons, and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. Sean has one of the leading apologetics blogs, which can be read at seanmcdowell.org.

In April 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children and live in San Juan Capistrano, California. Sean played college basketball at Biola University and was the captain his senior year on a team that went 30-7.

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Session 9
11:00 PM - 11:50 PM
Robert Furrow: Lessons from Jesus
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Robert Furrow
Pastor at Calvary Tucson
Sessions
Monday, March 4th at 12:55 PM - 1:55 PM: Session 1
Wednesday, March 6th at 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM: Session 9

Robert is committed to the study of the Word and maintaining a close walk with God as he serves and shepherds the Calvary Tucson church. In early childhood, Robert had aspirations to become a pastor. This desire was either the product of his love for God or his perception that pastors worked only one day a week (he was to be in for somewhat of a rude awakening!).

When a youth leader challenged his faith in Christ, Robert received Jesus and became born again. Near the end of High School, Robert’s faith was shaken when his pastor and his long-time mentor were both caught in adulterous affairs.

After a year of trying to live his own way, he returned to the church and recommitted his life to Christ. It was after this recommitment that a vibrant, passionate new believer named Lisa caught his eye. They were soon married. Together they attended Calvary Albuquerque, where Robert began to serve as a youth pastor.

In 1985 Robert and Lisa moved with their young daughter to Tucson, Arizona, to teach a small Bible study. The church immediately began to thrive, and Calvary Tucson continues to grow today. Lisa Furrow was a driving force behind many ministries at Calvary Tucson. In addition to leading the Women’s Ministry, she and Robert together cast the vision for the Practical Christian Living Foundation raising thousands to build wells for fresh water in Asia, aiding an orphanage in Mexico, and helping the chronically ill in Tucson, etc.

After almost 30 years of marriage and a 1-year battle with stage 4 lung cancer, Robert said goodbye as Lisa left this world and entered into heaven on December 15, 2012. Her ministries continue today, and Lisa’s Blog continues to encourage and inspire more people.

After this dark time in his life, Robert was blessed to find a light in Kathy, and they married in the spring of 2015. Robert and Kathy could not be happier with the life God has given them, enjoying a new and fruitful season with hopes to reach the city of Tucson more than ever before.

Map

Food Trucks
Food Trucks are located east / right of the Main Buildings under the Solar Panels.
Sanctuary Events
All Sessions will be located in the Sanctuary.
Game Room
Games are available to play with others. Come and join the fun!
Restrooms
Restrooms are located where it says Men or Women. In the main building there are extra restrooms available. Take the stairs opposite to the last doors into the sanctuary. You will find the bookstore, elevator and the restrooms on the right.
Cry Room
Cry Room is located on the north side on the left before the elevator. Not inside the sanctuary.
Childcare/Kids Ministry
Childcare is located in the 2nd building to the right of the Main Entrance. Please pickup your children during the breaks.
Got Questions?
If you have any questions or need assistance please ask one of the volunteers.
Hint: The very helpful volunteers are the ones wearing the redish/maroon lanyards and are probably smiling at you right now!
conference building map

Merchandise

Conference Merch

Defend your faith and buy our sweet merch! You can either buy it online or at the tables near the Coffee Shop.

Promo: Visit the merch tables at the conference for in-person discounts.

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Bookstore

Located in the main building on the second floor above the Coffee Shop.

Discounts

Alisa Childers' books cost $15 each
20% off purchases of $75 or more
Specials on Sterling Silver Jewelry and other items
Visit the bookstore to enter the raffle, no purchase necessary.

Speakers Merch

Visit the merch area near the coffee shop for speaker's books.

Food Trucks

Food Trucks are available during the lunch break on Day 2. They will be located under the Solar Panels east / right of the Main Buildings.

Pricing and menus are available at the Food Trucks.

Bubba-Que Smokehouse BBQ & Tex-Mex
BBQ and Tex-Mex
Haus of Brats
Authentic German Food
Lahaina's Waffle Dog
Waffle dogs and Dole Whip Desserts
Purple Tree Organic Acai Bowls
Acai Bowls and Smoothies
Sonoran Mexican Cuisine
Mexican

Restaurants

Coupons

Download the coupons from the cards below. Show the coupons at the restaurants for the discount.

Exception for Baggins: You must place your order online and pick it up at location. Coupon Code: CVY15

Eclectic Cafe
Mexican & global dishes, including gluten-free options
Jethro's Cafe & Tavern
American Cuisine
La Parrilla Suiza
Mexican City Food
Mama's Famous Pizza & Heros
Pizza and Hero
Prep & Pastry
American Cuisine
Zona 78
Italian

Sponsors

We are thankful for our sponsors who have helped sponsor this conference. Please check them out in the 2nd building.
Calvary Bible Institute
Calvary Bible Institute is a one-year program designed to equip those who feel called to serve the Lord in full-time ministry.
Calvary Chapel University
We serve lifelong learners and the ministries of churches worldwide by offering undergraduate and graduate programs in a Christ-centered community.
Harvest House Publishers
Harvest House Publishers is dedicated to providing high-quality books that proclaim Jesus as the answer to every human need.
Hands of Hope
Unexpected Pregnancy Support; Specialized Counseling; Education & More.
Operation Eternal Freedom
Christ centered healing for trauma survivors and those with PTSD, as well as training and offering materials for church leaders to provide help for their people.
Power Over Predators
Our mission is to prevent, identify, rescue, and restore children from all forms of exploitation through extraordinary prevention education methods.
Reach College
A Ministry of Calvary Tucson
Christ-centered education through courses in theology, apologetics, and leadership, one-on-one mentorship, and hands-on ministry training.
Tenth Hour Project - Mission Training for Christ
Tenth Hour Project is an 8 month discipleship program for young adults. Students will spend eight months on an epic, life-changing adventure that will radically transform their future.
Uturn for Christ
Residential Restoration Ministry for those caught in the sin of addiction.