If you’re new to Calvary Chapel of Leesburg (or Calvary Chapels in general), here’s some background info on who we are, and what to expect at one of our services.
Calvary Chapel of Leesburg (Florida) began as a home Bible Study, in the Living Room of Steve and Susan Jennings, and grew into a church, led by Pastor Bill Love who commuted each week from Melbourne to Leesburg on Sundays for over ten years. In 2013 the church called businessman Ron Stauffer to serve as (part-time) Assistant Pastor. In 2014 Pastor Bill decided, for business reasons, to sell his company in Melbourne and relocate to the Chicago, IL area. The church elders then called Pastor Ron to transition over the next year to the full-time local pastor, while Pastor Bill remains on staff and gives counsel as requested.
Today Pastor Ron leads Calvary Chapel of Leesburg, advised and assisted by a board of Elders. We hold services at 1601 W. Main Street, Leesburg, FL 34736, at 10:00 a.m. Sundays, and 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays (online). There is Children’s Church (currently suspended due to COVID-19), Nursery, Monthly Meetings for the men and for the ladies, and we encourage everyone to join a Home Fellowship Group and go to those weekly meetings.
Calvary Chapel is theologically conservative, but culturally informal. We meet to worship God, and renew bonds of friendship and fellowship, in an atmosphere that is conducive to getting beneath the surface. People of all backgrounds are always welcomed, regardless of ethnicity, economic status, ability, or age. We value seniors, singles, families of all stages, and have a tender place in our hearts for children.
The teaching of God’s Word is central in our worship. We accept the Bible’s authority in our faith and lives. Sermons are generally “expository” and the Pastor will preach through a book of the Bible over several months, teaching simply, verse by verse, and chapter by chapter, with an emphasis on “How do I apply this to my life today?”
Calvary Chapel began during the Jesus People movement of the 1960s and 70s, and today the style of worship tends to be with contemporary instruments and worship songs. We also value the old hymns and incorporate them into worship too, but not as frequently.
Pastor & Leadership
Our Pastor leads the Church, and equips the saints through in-depth teaching of the Bible. The Pastor is accountable to the Elders. All the members of the Church are the “ministers” in the sense that we are all called to share Christ with others, love, support, comfort, help, and hold each other accountable. Pastor Ron Stauffer is a graduate of Fresno Pacific Seminary (Fresno, CA), and worked in the business world for over 30 years before becoming our pastor. Ron and Ruth have been married since 1982, and raised 9 children together (with several children still living at home).