Church life at Calvary Chapel

We are all about encountering Jesus. Wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome here. The ministries at Calvary Chapel Hemet are designed for you and your family to learn, grow, and be involved in our community.

What we believe

God created us to have a living and vibrant relationship with Him and others. This is why we gather together as a community to learn from His word, worship Him, and grow in our love for Him and others.

Community, Family, and You

Calvary Chapel Hemet has a wide variety of ministries to connect you and your family to the life of our community. We offer programs throughout geared toward children, teenagers, and adults of all ages designed to help you grow in your faith.

Meet our pastors

Our pastoral staff is here to serve you and your family.

Gary Johnson (Lead Pastor)

Brandon Thomas (Assistant Pastor)

Paul Fewell (Children’s Ministry Pastor)

Meet our pastors

Our pastoral staff is here to serve you and your family.

Gary Johnson
(Lead Pastor)

Gary grew up in the Christian faith under the guidance of godly parents. As a teenager he felt called into ministry, but fear kept him from embracing this call until years later. Over thirty years ago, Gary and his wife Suzie started a home Bible study in Hemet. This home group began to grow unexpectedly. At the urging of the founder of Calvary Chapel movement, Gary was called to plant Calvary Chapel Hemet. Gary’s vision is to train upcoming generations in the faith and join God’s mission in spreading the hope of life in Christ. His passion is to faithfully teach from the Word of God, and see the Calvary Chapel Hemet community grow deeper in their love for God and for one another.

“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.”
1 Timothy 4:13

Brandon Thomas
(ASSISTANT Pastor)

Brandon is a US Army Combat Veteran who served in Korea, Kuwait, and on the front lines in Iraq. Brandon was honorably discharged in 2004 and like many veterans, he struggled for years in re-entering civilian life. In 2014 Brandon and his wife Brandi visited Calvary Chapel and shortly afterward they both put their faith in Christ. Tragedy struck within months of coming to faith when Brandon’s brother was shot and killed. It was through his newfound faith and the loving support of Calvary Chapel Hemet that Brandon was able to deal with this tragedy. Because of his unique life experience he has a heart for people who have dealt with trauma in their lives. Brandon also teaches our mid-week Fusion Fellowship Bible study here at Calvary Chapel Hemet.

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,”
1 Timothy 1:12

Paul Fewell
(Children’s Ministry Pastor)

Paul at age three began his life without a father, and with a mother who was an alcoholic, growing up was difficult. He was always searching for happiness and fulfillment.  Finally as a teenager he heard of God’s love through Christ, received that love and never looked back. He loved and studied the word of his Heavenly Father.  

 Shortly after receiving Christ his father was murdered. Through tragedy and trials Christ has been the only answer to living an abundant life.  Paul has a heart for families to know their Heavenly Father and to find new life in Christ.  A life of no fear, of true joy and peace that can only come from God. 

He attended the Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake New York and then San Dimas Bible College where he studied Christian education. Finding only true satisfaction in cherishing Gods word and learning to do what it says. God’s blessings  through Christ can come in the form of family and family ministry and you too can enjoy more than anything else serving others, for in so doing you are serving Christ. 

Our Team

Brandi Thomas – Office Secretary

Michelle Cortes – Academy Director

Rosemary Soto – Academy Administrator

Scott Mayo – Elder/Board Member

Danny Hartlerode – Campus Lead/ Youth Leader

Wayne Mapstead – Mexico Missions Padre

Paul and Lynn Fewell – Explorer’s Children Ministry

Izzy and Edna Reyes – Worship Leaders

Tracie, Vivian and Kenna- Flourish

SERVICE TIMES

Sunday Worship 10:30 AM 
Main Sanctuary 

Childcare provided for infants 0-24 months

Explorers Children’s Program (2 ½ - 5th Grade) - Fellowship Hall

Youth Bible Study (Grades 7-12) - Fireside Room

Wednesday 7:00 PM - Fusion Fellowship   Fellowship Hall (Live Stream Available) 

Childcare provided for infants 0-24 months

Explorers Children’s Program (2 ½ - 5th Grade) - Children’s Classrooms

Rooted Bible Study (Grades 7-12) - Fireside Room

Planted Bible Study (Grades 6-8) - Room 7

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