About Calvary Chapel SI

Calvary Chapel was founded in the fall of 1984 by Church Planter Lewis Nelms and his family.  The church’s first services were held in the Banquet Hall of the South Shore Country Club. A little over a year later, a second church was formed on Sunday evenings on the North Shore of the Island.  The two churches were brought together shortly after that under one roof at Wagner College, where the church rented space for five years.
After over five years of successful ministry, Pastor Nelms was led to leave in order to work with a missionary organization in December of 1989.   Pastor Dave Watson and his family began their tenure with Calvary in January of 1990.   Pastor Watson continues to pastor the church today.
The church currently meets in the facility it purchased in the late 90’s. Calvary Chapel is located in the heart of Mariner’s Harbor, on the North side of Staten Island.
From the start, the church has maintained some very special distinctions.  It has always emphasized strong Biblical teaching and fervent evangelism.
In addition, Calvary has become known for its warmth and friendliness, its embrace of many cultures (currently peoples from 15 different nations make up the congregation) and its love.


Mission Statement
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, supernaturally inspired and inerrant in all its parts in the original manuscripts. As such, it is the divinely authoritative standard for every age and every life.

We believe that the Godhead exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God, coequal and coexistent.

We believe that God, by His sovereign choice and out of love for mankind, sent Christ into the world to save sinners.

We believe that the death of Jesus Christ made a perfect and complete sacrifice for the penalty of sin, and that a person is delivered from the eternal penalty of sin and its bondage only by deliberate and individual faith in this substitutionary death of our Lord.

We believe that such salvation, with its forgiveness for sin, its promise of eternal life, and its impartation of God’s Spirit, is entirely apart from good works, church ordinances or membership, or any such effort of man, but is the gift of God in response to conscious faith in Christ.

We believe that a true believer is eternally secure in that he cannot lose his salvation, but that willful and unconfessed sin will interrupt the joy of his fellowship with God and bring the loving discipline of his Heavenly Father.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and is God, possessing all the divine attributes. He indwells every believer in Christ at the moment of conversion, unites them with the body of Christ, and sovereignly bestows special gifts upon each believer for service to the body of Christ. He fills and controls the believer in response to that believer’s confession of sin and yieldedness to Christ. Only by the Spirit’s power is a believer able to live a life of victory and power in Christ.

We believe that Jesus Christ was both totally God and totally man, that He was supernaturally conceived of a virgin, that He lived a sinless life in which He taught spiritual truth and worked mighty wonders and miracles exactly as revealed in the New Testament, that He was crucified and died voluntarily, taking upon Himself the penalty of our sin, and that He was raised bodily from the dead on the third day. Later He ascended into heaven where He is the head of the church, where He intercedes for believers, and from where He is coming again personally, bodily and visibly to earth to set up His millennial kingdom.

We believe that all who receive Christ, depart at death to be with Christ in a conscious blessedness for eternity and that those who have not believed in Him will spend eternity in conscious punishment, separated from God forever.