Lance Ralston is the founding pastor of Calvary Chapel of Oxnard, which began in the Fall of 1982 in Port Hueneme. Since that time, the church has met in several locations as it has grown over the years, including Bolker Park, Oxnard College, the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, in El Rio and in the Wagon Wheel area of North Oxnard. We moved to our present facility on Eastman Avenue in the Fall of 1998. Over that time, Calvary Chapel Oxnard has steadily grown from a half dozen families to an average Sunday congregation of over nine hundred adults.
CCO is part of a larger movement of non-denominational churches that began in the late 1960’s in Southern California called “Calvary Chapel.” These churches, while independent, all maintain a voluntary association based on certain doctrinal and stylistic distinctives. There are over a thousand Calvary Chapel fellowships both in this country and abroad.
Pastor Ralston’s method of teaching is solidly expositional, following the Inductive Method of Observation, Interpretation, and Application. During the mid-week study, he teaches from one to five or more chapters, verse by verse. Sunday morning sermons are drawn from the passages being covered in the mid-week study. This two-fold method of teaching both survey and in-depth, provides the congregation with a good balance that moves them through the whole counsel of God’s Word, while being able to focus on major themes of both theology and the practical issues of the Christian life.