The story began in March of 1992 when a small group of believers met in a hotel room with a pastor whose day job was in hospital pharmacy! As the church grew, they met in different places around town until taking a leap of faith to build a small sanctuary and some classrooms in 1997. Since then CCM has exploded into a thriving community of believers where thousands are being changed by God’s Word each week. As a multi-site church, they are truly one church in many locations, sharing the love through live video streaming at our video campuses in Viera, Sebastian and East Orlando, and God’s Word through radio, the web and Roku! They’re also big into missions, raising up pastors through our School of Ministry and sending teams to take the gospel around the world.
Mark Balmer is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Melbourne. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, he moved his family to Florida in 1966 to become the Director of Hospital Pharmacy at a local hospital; a position he held for 25 years. Saved at the age of 5, with both his father and grandfather in the ministry, he had helped establish Florida’s first Calvary Chapel in Merritt Island and faithfully taught there as a lay leader. Then God stirred his heart to plant a Calvary Chapel in the Melbourne-Palm Bay area, and after much prayer, Calvary Chapel Melbourne was born in March of 1992.
Since that time, God has blessed the church with tremendous growth. Today well over 9,000 people worship each weekend between the main West Melbourne campus and on the video campuses in Viera and Sebastian. Pastor Mark’s messages are heard daily on the radio program, Lessons for Living, and thousands around the world watch our services live each week on the Internet and on Roku. He also teaches annually in different parts of Asia. As a pastor-teacher and author of multiple books, God has gifted Pastor Mark to communicate the truths of God’s Word in a practical, straightforward style that challenges Christ followers and unbelievers alike. He is supported in ministry by Lynda, his wife of 44 years, who adds her own God-given gifts to the Melbourne fellowship.
The core values here at Calvary Chapel Melbourne can be summed up with five C’s. We commit our lives to Christ and celebrate the fulfilling lifestyle, connecting to others through personal relationships, communicating the Good News and contributing our time, passion, talents and possessions to the cause of Christ.