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Dear Worship Team Member,

From the very beginnings of the Calvary Movement, music was at the center. My pastor, Chuck Smith was a great Bible teacher, but he also always allowed and even promoted the fresh expression of musical styles in the church. In southern California, Calvary was known as the church where young musicians went. I remember a musician’s fellowship on Saturdays that drew hundreds. That group alone produced bands that wrote worship music, produced records and toured the nation. Maranatha Music became the record label of the Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa that impacted the world with new songs and carried the fresh wind of the Spirit to bring a revival of authenticity to the Christian community. Every single week, these various bands Saturday night concerts at the church packed the building and left hundreds waiting in line to get in. The enthusiasm during that time was palpable.

And though that era yields wonderful memories for me, I don’t want to get stuck in the past. My sights are for the present and the future. I love seeing the seeds of another musical movement beginning to sprout in our church with the Battledrums Worship Community. The crisp, new songs that have been generated lately with The War is Over worship project along with the passion and excitement exuded by our worship teams has birthed a genuine exhilaration in my own heart. One of my biggest privileges has been to work together with our creative team, graphics department, video crew and worship community in putting together the latest preaching series we completed based on the songs from the album.

The concept of singing a “new song” is prevalent in the DNA of Scripture and I’m thrilled you have taken that to heart. Thank you for using your gifts for the greater glory of God and to make much of Jesus through your voices and instrument. Every week, both on weekends and midweek, you lead me in beautiful worship of our great God and inspire me to pursue Him more. On behalf of the entire church family, thank you for your faithfulness to this high and sacred calling.



INSTRUMENT: Percussion, Drums





  • Next month make plans to come see Gilbert Alvarado get baptized! (Calvary Amphitheater)
  • Saturday, October 17th : AUDITIONS - Tell your friends to apply on the website >> http://www.battledrumsmusic.com/apply
  • Friday, October 30th @ 4:00PM-6:45PM: Funfari (Calvary Greenbelt)
  • Friday, October 30th @ 7:30PM: Matt Redman - Unbroken Praise Tour (Main Sanctuary)
  • Sunday, November 1st @ 4:00PM: TEAM NIGHT (Location TBA)