Calvary Chapel Dothan – History 

 

Overview:

Our church plant effort began in earnest on January 28, 2010, when Robin Wilkerson was “Pastorized” and became a Licensed Minister of the Gospel.  He was then sent out by his Senior Pastor, Dave Perata, Calvary Fellowship Discovery Bay – A Calvary Chapel affiliated church.  

The vision given to Robin by the Lord, and shared by Pastor Dave Perata, was to plant a Calvary Chapel affiliated church in Dothan, Alabama….Or as Robin puts it:   “We are to plant a Christ Centered, Holy Spirit Driven, Verse-by-Verse Bible Teaching Church in Dothan.  I know I have been called to plant The Word in the heart of Dixie!”

There are many denominational churches in Dothan, Alabama, but there are no Calvary Chapel Churches.  In fact, there are only a few existing Calvary Chapel Churches in the entire state. 

Please Continue To Pray:  For this church (planted on April 11, 2010); that we will remain in the center of God’s Will & Glorify Him in all that we do!

Background.  At the time of Calvary Chapel affiliation (8/18/11), Robin has over 14 years of ministry experience that includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Born Again & Baptized, Tafuna, American Samoa – May 1991

  • Calvary Chapel Lake Elsinore, Lake Elsinore Ca., attended 11/92 – 10/98, under Senior Pastor John Duncan. He felt called to serve the Lord in the mission’s area, and Associate Pastor Dave Morrow introduced him to Calvary Missions

  • Calvary Missions, Colton Ca . – Served  as a volunteer & on staff (1997 – 2001); established “Help The Harvest” as part of CM, with a mission focus on the Pacific Islands. 10/98, moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, in response to this ministry calling

  • Calvary Chapel Windward, Kailua Hi. – Under Senior Pastor Tim Newman, established “Help The Harvest” as a Missions Ministry (2002 & 2003); participated in two missions trips to Japan & China (Twice Each)

  • Help The Harvest – Hawaii,  Honolulu Hi.-  Served as President & Founder of this Mission Society (2004 & 2005); attended Calvary Chapel Bible College Extension, CC Honolulu

  • Calvary Chapel Fremont, Fremont Ca. – Served as the Missions Coordinator under Senior Pastor Tim Brown (2005 -2006); also served as the Harvest Crusade, Region 31 Coordinator, for the San Jose Harvest Crusade  (June – October 2006); completed a 4 month Shepherding  (church leadership) program in 2005, and a one year Mentoring Program in 2006, under the tutelage of Tim Brown. Using the New Believers Bible, also taught the “New Believers” Bible Study (18 weeks )

  • Calvary Fellowship Discovery Bay, Discovery Bay Ca. In 2007 moved to Discovery Bay and assisted Pastor Dave Perata in various ministry areas: Served as an Elder on the Board of  Directors (2008 – 2010); taught a weekly Foundations Bible Study (10/2007- 4/2009);  taught a 16 week Last Days & End Times Study; occasionally filled in for the Senior Pastor on Sundays; completed a one year Servanthood  study; completed a one year Senior Pastor Prep Study

  • Licensed As A Minister Of The Gospel – On 1/28/10, and was sent out to plant Calvary Fellowship Dothan

Calvary Fellowship Discovery Bay – History

In early 2006 Pastor Dave Perata, following the Lord’s calling in his life, resigned from his position as a pastor at Cornerstone Fellowship in Livermore to start a new Calvary Chapel Church in his home town of Discovery Bay. Dave left with the support and blessing of Cornerstone, where he had faithfully served for over 5 years in a highly successful ministry for 18 – 30 year-olds called “Fuel.” 

Dave and his wife, Valerie, started a home study in their living room, and people from all over Discovery Bay began attending. Dave, formerly an electrical contractor, began doing electrical work again to support his family while waiting to see what the Lord would do with the home study. It grew! After meeting for just four months the study outgrew the Perata’s living room. The Lord, always faithful, provided a new meeting place at Excelsior Middle School in Byron and Calvary Fellowship of Discovery Bay was born! Still growing, we now meet at Discovery Bay School. 

The emphasis of our church is to make mature disciples of Jesus Christ by following the Great Commission, steadfastly teaching God’s Word, and joining together to pray and break bread with the body of believers. Pastor Dave’s calling is to teach and pastor those whom the Lord brings, and he believes that as we are faithful to God, He will then add daily to the church as Acts 2:47 declares. 

As led by the Lord, he is now sending one of his own Elders out to go and plant a church in Dothan, Alabama. 

Calvary Chapel – History

In 1965 Pastor Chuck Smith started his ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Beginning with a mere 25 people, he saw God bless his simple, yet consistent style of teaching straight through the Bible.

Today Calvary Chapel has grown to over 1,500 churches worldwide. With a genuine heart for the lost, Pastor Chuck made room in his ministry for a generation of hippies, surfers, and drug addicts. This generated a stirring of the Holy Spirit, which spread from the California coast to the Atlantic and beyond. This movement was instrumental in bringing thousands of young people to Jesus Christ during the 60s and 70s in what was known as the Jesus People Movement.

As God expanded his ministry, Pastor Chuck’s visionary leadership saw the birth of other ministries such as The Word for Today, a publishing/radio broadcasting ministry which is heard worldwide. A noted speaker and the author of over 25 books, Pastor Chuck can be heard daily on television, radio, and webcasts throughout the world.