Board Approved, September 2020
Calvary Chapel University desires to be a premier, Christian higher education community loving God, loving others, and making disciples of Jesus Christ.
“Go ye therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES. of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Calvary Chapel University prepares lifelong learners to serve the church by offering rigorous academic programs in the context of a Christ-centered community.
We foster an environment characterized by:
- Simply Jesus
- Superior Academics
- Servant Leadership
GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO CCU
CALVARY CHAPEL UNIVERSITY was birthed from prayer, a call from God and a very specific desire to be a helper of people’s joy. In 2000, God placed on the hearts of a few people the need to develop both an online and onsite discipleship platform to help people in San Diego and around the world grow in “wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man.” The core of what was to become CCU, is the Great Commission, to MAKE DISCIPLES, Matthew 28:19
The history of CCU is as varied as the travels and ministry of Jesus in his time here on earth.
2000 – Formed as Rock University-designed to be an online and onsite discipleship program for a church of now 15,000 plus people.
2005 – Incorporated by Calvary Chapel San Diego June, 2005-A passion for remote Christian school educators led to the transfer of the Rock University curriculum and vision to an exclusively online program at CCSD serving Christian educators world-wide. The new entity was known as Calvary Chapel Teachers College
2009 – CCTC changed name to Calvary Chapel University. As the years went by and the educational program grew, CC pastors asked if CCTC had anything to offer them. As a result, the College of Biblical Studies was launched to serve the pastors of Calvary Chapel. In doing so, the Lord released a much larger vision of being the ‘home town University” for the Calvary Chapel movement. In that same year, CCU was assumed as a DBA of Calvary Chapel Educators Association (CCEA) at CC Downey and we merged under them. Again, CCU was significantly strengthened in this relationship.
2011 – Next, the Lord moved CCU under the leadership of Chuck Smith the founder of the Calvary Chapel movement.
2012 – CCU was turned back over to the founding team as Pastor Chuck’s passing led to other transitions. In May, CCU was incorporated in San Diego under the founding team.
2013 – In November, CCU was incorporated in Florida and generously funded by CC Ft. Lauderdale for a season.
2015 -As the founding team answered a call back to CCSD, CCU followed. Back to our founding roots. Restated Articles of Incorporation back to founding CCU team in May, 2015.
2017 -In a move to strengthen CCU for accreditation, CCU was incorporated in Virginia under Youth Development, International. The partnership with CCU and YDI has been significantly beneficial.
2018- CCU moved to 8344 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Suite #100 San Diego, CA 92111
2019- CCU received Candidacy status for accreditation with TRACS
2020- CCU received Accredited Status for five years with TRACS
2020 – CCU awarded Accredited Status as a Category III with TRACS and BPPE approval to operate in the state of California.
2021 – The CCU office relocated to 13848 N Bolivar Dr., Sun City, AZ 85351 to centralize the business operations to the home state of the CCU president.