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It Began with a Dream

Calvary Chapel of Delaware County began with a dream on the playground at Media Elementary School as Pastor Bob and his wife, Monica, played with their young daughter. They looked across the street at the Media Theatre and dreamed about all that God might do through a local church in Delaware County, Pa. It was at this time that God gave them the scripture Isaiah 43:18-20:

Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The beasts of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen.

Pastor Bob, sensing that God had a calling on his life, began leading a small Bible study in Ridley Park, Pa. and later in South Philadelphia area. It was at this time that Pastor Bob met Pastor Steve and shared his vision for planting a church in Delco. As the Bible study grew a group of men began praying and in November 1993, that dream became a reality, when they and 50 others held Calvary Chapel's first service in The Barnstormers Theater in Ridley Park.

By 1996, Calvary Chapel of Delaware County (ccdelco) had outgrown The Barnstormers facility and moved to The Christian Academy building in Media, Pa., (now called '708'). For the next eight years, they watched as God added to the church: three Sunday morning services, the birth of new ministries, paid staff, short- and long-term mission trips, community outreach, and Sizzlin' Summer services.

A Brand New Day
In 2004, ccdelco moved its Sunday services to downtown Media - the adults meeting in the historic Media Theatre and the children in the very elementary school where Pastor Bob had originally dreamed. All of their other ministries continued at the TCA facility. Hence, ccdelco became one church with two locations.

For Such a Time as This
Shortly thereafter the congregation outgrew the Media Theater, and we longed for the day when we could have our own building to hold services, do ministry, and serve the region more broadly. After careful prayer and consideration the leadership decided to purchase 22 acres of land in Chadds Ford at the intersection of routes 1 and 202.

500 Brandywine Drive
On April 18, 2010, we opened the doors to our new home in Chadds Ford and began a new chapter in Calvary Chapel's journey to see lost people come to faith in Jesus Christ. Many of the original leaders that were part of the very first service at The Barnstormers Theater attended on April 18.

Phase II Building Project
In May of 2012 we restarted Sizzlin' Summer on our new property, with a vision to reach the surrounding region for Christ. Each Wednesday we averaged 1,000 attendees and hit the zenith at 3,000 with guest speaker, Bethany Hamilton.

We quickly outgrew our building space and in late Spring, 2016 completed Phase II of the building plan-—an expansion that gave us The Table cafe, which seats up to 80 people for meetings and events, The Chapel which seats up to 300, and The Shelf bookstore that offers the best in Christian books, Bibles, and gifts.

The whole journey of ccdelco has been a testimony to God's grace and His faithfulness to his church. We look forward to what God has in store for the future.

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