"For the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ"
 - Ephesians 4:12

Pastor Don Roach
Pittsfield, MA  01201

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History of Calvary Chapel

Calvary Chapel is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian church that began with twenty-five people in Costa Mesa, California, in 1965 by Pastor Chuck Smith.  Pastor Chuck Smith was a key minister to the youth in what is called the Jesus Movement of the 1960s.  As he reached out to the youth of the counter-culture - the hippies, drug users, and those rebelling against cold traditions - many accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  God gave the increase and thousands gave their lives to Christ.

Today, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa is listed among the world's twenty largest churches with more than thirty-five thousand calling it their home church.  It is number one of the ten largest Protestant churches in California.  From this first Calvary Chapel many men were raised up who went out to plant new Calvary Chapel churches.  These in turn also raised up new pastors and church planters so that today there are over one thousand Calvary Chapels around the United States and the world.

Pastor Don was one of those rebellious, drug-using youths.  While endeavoring into occult practices, he would often listen to Chuck Smith on Word for Today radio.  He wanted to know more about Christianity than the Christians so that he could make them look foolish.  God used this very tactic to lead Don down the road of redemption.  By the time he gave his life to Christ in 1985, he had already read much of the Bible, and was ready to teach it with a fervor that burns to this day.

In 1993, Pastor Jim Misiuk came out to West Springfield, MA from California to plant a new Calvary Chapel.  After a year, he knew that it was time for him to go back home and he also knew that God was leading him to ordain Don and pass the reins.  Pastor Jim went on to plant Calvary Chapel Lake Forest and the now "Pastor" Don went on to lead the flock in West Springfield for 7 years.

In the summer of 2000, God led Pastor Don and his family to Florida where they began a work in Bradenton.  God dried up that river after a short time and Don did some itinerate teaching throughout the state.

By the winter of 2003, God was calling Don home to the Berkshires.  He and his wife Amira had met in the Berkshires when they were children.  Their families both had summer dwellings in Otis, MA and they would see each other every year from 1968 to 1984.  In the summer of 1989, they met up at a family function and Don led Amira to Christ and they were married just a year later.  After serving in ministry together for 13 years, they saw their lives come full circle.  The dream of serving in the place where they had met so many years ago had come to pass.

Calvary Chapel of the Berkshires began almost as soon as their feet hit the ground in Pittsfield.  They moved back in January, 2004 and there was a Bible Study being held in the basement of the house of a man they met shortly after they moved in, who had come looking for the vacuum cleaner that he had lent the previous tenants.  A few short months later, they moved to the Quality Inn and then to The Crowne Plaza soon after that.  In October 2015, in answer to 12 years of prayer, they moved to their new home at 885 Holmes Road where they meet today.

Since then God has blessed the ministry of His Word being simply taught, and the church has grown substantially reaching out locally and around the world.  We thank God always for Chuck Smith's faithfulness to just teach the Word.  He has been a great inspiration to many.

For more information on the Calvary Chapel Movement, please read the "Harvest" book or check out http://www.calvarychapel.com