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Calvary Chapel Chester Springs was born out of a Bible study originating from Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia. The small fellowship, led by Pastor Chris Swansen (see below), began meeting in a West Chester home in 1996. Our study soon outgrew its home setting and relocated to an apartment complex clubhouse in nearby Exton. In 1997 our fellowship moved to the West Chester Senior Center and began its Sunday morning service. As the Lord provided, we moved into our new church building located at 217 Dowlin Forge Road in Exton Pa, on June 4th 2006. Please join us for worship services, Bible study, children's and youth ministry, and other activities.

Calvary Chapel Chester Springs is part of an international group of churches begun by Pastor Chuck Smith of Costa Mesa, California whose ministry grew out of the youth revolution of the 1960s and 70s. Pastor Chuck is one of the leading Bible teachers in the United States.

To view our "Statement of Faith", click here.


Pastor Chris Swansen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters Pastor Chrisof Science in International Development for Appropriate Technology in 1991 and Calvary Chapel Bible College in California with a Bachelor of Bible Science. In 1992, he traveled with his wife, Laurie, to Russia to serve as a missionary and became pastor of the second Calvary Chapel in Moscow.

Following their stay in Russia, Pastor Chris and Laurie returned to the US where he served on the staff of a Calvary Chapel in North Carolina for one year. At that time he felt God calling him back to the Philadelphia area to start a Bible-teaching church. Pastor Chris has served as pastor of Calvary Chapel Chester Springs since 1996. He lives with his wife and ten children in Downingtown.