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A brief history of Calvary Chapel Marysville: 

In April of 1995, I, Pastor Dave Woodward took a severance package from my job at Scott Paper where I had worked for nine years as a paper-mill mechanic. After leaving Scott Paper, through a miraculous series of events (a story in itself), I enrolled in Western Seminary (I thought that’s what you had to do to be a pastor). I still had grease under my nails when I began taking my Theology and Hebrew classes. The academic life was both challenging and stimulating. It proved to be helpful to me in giving me an overall understanding of the different perspectives and theologies out there.

One of the challenges was adjusting to a split week: three days in Portland, three days back home. After a year of commuting to Portland by train and also taking classes here at Seattle's extension campus, I decided to move our family down to Vancouver, WA (just across the river from Portland) to finish my studies. We rented out our house to a great Christian family and they took care of our sheep and chickens and our family dog, Bear. It was there in that place at that time, that the Lord led us to Calvary Chapel Vancouver, WA. When we found Calvary Chapel, we found home. All that we experienced at Calvary Chapel, the grace, the verse by verse teaching, the emphasis on the baptism of the Holy Spirit, was exactly what I was yearning for in ministry. It was then I decided that I wanted to be a Calvary Chapel Pastor.

While attending Calvary Chapel Vancouver, my Pastor Denny Martinez received a call from the Pastor in Stanwood, asking if he knew of someone wanting to come up and plant a church and Pastor Denny said yes I have a man who is just finishing school here. So when we finished schooling in Portland, I moved back to Marysville and in June of 1997 - with three people on loan from CC Stanwood, we started a Tuesday night home Bible study on our front lawn.

For the next 6 years, I worked in many other jobs to support my family (including window washing, on site oil changing, a metal foundry, delivery driver for WPX and Pony Express) while the Lord began to grow our small flock. The Tuesday night study was a great time of fellowship as the group took meals together and worshiped, prayed and studied Scripture together. The Lord began to bless it and the group grew. Of course, Shannon can really cook, and I think the Cabbage Patch soup helped a lot. Within months, the Bible study grew out of our house and we moved briefly to a grange in Marysville. The church grew again and God opened a door for us at a former bingo hall in downtown Marysville. This move enabled us to begin Sunday morning worship services.

With the sale of that building a year later, God moved us to a small building at 1059 State. We began with around 30 adults at that time but within 10 months we had grown to a point where it was necessary to add a second and then a third service. After two years, with our lease due, we prayed about whether to renew our lease, buy the building, or move. We decided to move into Marysville Middle School where we met for over 9 years. It was both wonderful and challenging to be a mobile church, moving everything in and out each week but God used that experience to build a strong and united group of servants for His glory.

In April 2010, the Lord opened a door for us to purchase a fulltime facility at 9629 67th Ave. N.E., where we held all of our meetings and activities. This open door was a lot of fun and blessing for our church as we added a second service and grew to over 250 adults and 80-100 children.

Finally 16 years into our history, in April 2013 we had been preparing to expand to a third service to accommodate the growth. In the process of preparing for this, while out driving to find a track to walk on for exercise, Pastor Dave and Shannon came across a church building that was foreclosed on and was only 6 years old. The new building would seat 300 people in the sanctuary, has all the parking we would ever need, and has plenty of room for our children’s ministry and a house on the property to convert to a youth house or some other ministry the Lord might want to use it for.

Within 2 days, we made a full price offer and that was accepted by the bank. With very little money in our account, we literally watched the Lord answer our prayers daily and opened the door for us to purchase our current facility at 1224 Cedar Ave, Marysville, and within 60 days, we leased out our property on 67th Ave. to another church in town and closed on the new building. 

We are loving the ministry the Lord has given us to this economically and spiritually needy part of the city. God is moving in our people to both seek Him more deeply and be used more fully for His glory.

CCM is currently supporting missions efforts in Jacmel, Haiti (CC Haiti Initiative), Kathmandu, and India (GFA). The purchase of the building located at 1224 Cedar has allowed us to facilitate our increasing ministry both locally and internationally, to God be the glory!!

May the Lord richly bless you!

Pastor Dave Woodward
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