Calvary Chapel Old Bridge is all about connecting you to God and His family.
When people hear the word “church,” many are filled with dread and anxiety. People are prone to think about God as an angry judge or a vicious tyrant.
At Calvary Old Bridge, we know that the word “church” says much more about the people who meet together than the building they meet in. Church literally means “called out ones,” people who have been called out of the kind of life the world has to offer and into the life God wants to give.
Because of this, Calvary Chapel Old Bridge is more than a building. It is a vibrant community of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. We gather to worship Him, study His Word, serve His people, and share His Gospel. In every ministry, class, service, and outreach, our goal is glorify God and see Him at work in our midst.
Put short, Calvary Chapel Old Bridge is HIS.
We welcome you to learn more about us, and as you do, we pray you will learn much more about the one we serve, Jesus.
Who would have thought it all began with a simple letter?
A Christian in Old Bridge wrote a letter to California, asking for a Calvary Chapel-style fellowship to be started here in Central New Jersey.
God put it on Lloyd Pulley’s heart to respond to that letter, in person. Lloyd, along with his bride Karen and their two children, moved across country in complete obedience to God. Lloyd and Karen Pulley held a small Bible study on Thursday nights before the group grew to meet each Sunday morning.
By the end of 1984, the fellowship had grown to fifty people and moved to an elementary school gymnasium. By 1986, 150 people moved into the Carl Sandburg School auditorium, and by 1992, the church grew to 700 adults and approximately 300 children requiring multiple services.
Now ministering to the needs of an ever-growing congregation of over 3,000 people, and reaching over 7 million potential listeners through The Bridge Christian Radio in New York and New Jersey, we thank the Lord for faithfully providing us an opportunity to minister to His people!
Exalt. Equip. Engage.
Three words describe the vision of Calvary Chapel Old Bridge.
As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to exalt the Lord – to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. We do this every time we gather for corporate worship, and as we pray, serve, and love others in His name.
The church is called to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12). God’s people are primarily equipped through the Word of God, and that’s why we emphasize the teaching of the Scriptures through our services, our radio station, and in every ministry at Calvary. The saints are also equipped through our Discipleship Home Groups that bring the study of the Scriptures into intimate, smaller groups.
As we exalt the Lord, and are equipped in Him, we are then prepared to be sent out for Him to engage the culture. Our passion is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through personal, patient evangelism, through radio, outreaches, and more.
Calvary Chapels Nationwide
Calvary Chapel churches are independent of one another, and thus do not comprise a denomination per se. Some Calvary Chapels do not even bear the name of Calvary Chapel, but all are connected by distinctive principles for ministry and emphasis on the clear, systematic teaching of the Word of God.
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What We Believe
Calvary Chapel has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only to their over-emphasis of the doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the Body of Christ.
We believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s Agape love,
which is greater than any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
We believe worship of God should be spiritual.
Therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
We believe worship of God should be inspirational.
Therefore, we give great place to music in our worship.
We believe worship of God should be intelligent.
Therefore, our services are designed with great emphasis upon the teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us how He should be worshipped.
We believe worship of God should be fruitful.
Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have truly been worshipping Him.
We believe in all the basic doctrines of historic Christianity, INCLUDING the inerrancy of Scripture,
which is the belief that the Bible, Old and New Testaments are the inspired, infallible Word of God.
We believe that God is eternally existent in three distinct persons:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that God is the personal,
transcendent, and sovereign Creator of all things.
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human,
that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His substitutionary death on the cross, was bodily raised from the dead, ascended back to the right hand of the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us.
We believe in the personal, visible, and pre-millennial second coming of Jesus Christ to the earth.
He will return with His saints and set up a kingdom of which there will be no end.
After Jesus ascended to Heaven, He poured out His Holy Spirit on the believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today.
We believe that all people are, by nature, separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.
We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures, and that they are valid for today if they are exercised within the scriptural guidelines.
We as believers are to covet the best gifts, seeking to exercise them in love that the whole Body of Christ might be edified. We believe that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without this love all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.
Outside of our in-church ministries, Calvary Old Bridge has become a springboard for a few organizations that look to minister beyond the walls of the church. These organizations are under the canopy of CCOB and look to apply the life-changing message of the Gospel to people of any level of receptiveness.
the northeast biblical institute
The Northeast Biblical Institute operates as a school of ministry. Our goal is to equip men and women for a deeper relationship with God and train them to serve to their fullest potential. Classes deal with theological topics, books of the Bible, and practical elements of ministry. Each class at Northeast Biblical Institute can be transferred to Calvary Chapel University for credit towards a Bachelor’s Degree. To join a class, email Pastor Jay Falzarano at email@example.com.
bridging the gap
Bridging The Gap airs the Bible teaching of Pastor Lloyd Pulley, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Old Bridge. The Bridging the Gap radio program began in 1994 with a broadcast airing Pastor Lloyd’s messages in Europe, quickly followed by an airing Pastor Lloyd’s teaching in the New York area.
Calvary christian school
Calvary Christian School is a pre-k through 12th grade accredited school committed to helping parents disciple their children in the ways of the Lord. The philosophy of “education by discipleship” weaves its way into every element of Calvary Christian School as we look to develop students to be able to make an impact on their generation. Calvary Christian School also offers 10 varsity level sports programs.
The Bridge radio
The Bridge Christian Radio Station exists to reach souls with the life-changing message of the Gospel. The Bridge offers solid Bible teaching through an extraordinary lineup of the nation’s best speakers and teachers.