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Calvary South Lakes

About Us

Calvary South Lakes is one of a worldwide network of over 1,600 Calvary Chapel Churches. These fellowships grew out of the ‘Jesus movement’ that began in California in the late 1960s. Calvary Chapel is not a denomination but a fellowship of churches who share in a common philosophy of ministry.

At the heart of the Calvary Chapel movement is a passionate commitment to the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the teaching of the Word of God. While our ministries are varied, our mission is simple: to proclaim Jesus as Lord & Saviour, and to make disciples of Jesus Christ, unto the glory of God!

It is this commitment to the Gospel and the Word of God that has seen over 30 Calvary Chapel churches planted in the UK alone over the last twenty years. There are currently 38 Calvary Chapel churches located across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Typical to most Calvary Chapel churches, is our simple, systematic teaching through the Bible. Praise and worship through music and song is also an important part of our gatherings – our style is contemporary along with classical hymns and choruses.

The New Testament describes the church as a community of believers thus we emphasis authentic, committed relationships with one another. And since relationships are 24/7 we meet regularly throughout the week, mostly in homes, and often casually. We gather together to seek God through His word, to praise God, to pray to God, and to encourage one another.

Calvary South Lakes is a fellowship of individuals and families from various communities throughout the South Lakes area, but most of our gatherings are in Kendal. However, our hope and our perspective is not centred on our location, rather it is found in a deep, sincere, love relationship with Jesus Christ, and with one another. Ultimately, our desire is to be a fellowship of believers who are:

KNOWING Jesus, by faith, according to the word of God

GROWING together in His love and grace, through fellowship with God, and one another

GOING into our communities, and beyond, with the good news of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit

What We Believe

The Bible - We believe the Bible, as it was originally penned, is the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative word of God and that God has kept His word through various translations for the benefit of His people. We believe the Bible tells the universal story of creation, the fall of mankind, and man’s redemption and restoration. We depend upon it as the revelation of God’s identity, character, purposes and actions. We believe in the sufficiency of the Scriptures, by the power Holy Spirit, to supply us with all things that pertain to life and godliness, as it speaks powerfully to both our belief and our behaviour.

The Holy Trinity - We believe there is one God who eternally exists in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ - We believe that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Holy Trinity, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death for the sins of the world, rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is coming again to judge the living and the dead and to establish God’s kingdom of righteousness and peace on the earth.

Salvation - We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. We believe in both the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man.

The Gifts of the Spirit - We believe in the perpetuity & practise of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and that the gifts of the Spirit are essential to fulfil Christ’s purpose for His Church when used in accordance with scriptural instruction.

The Church - We believe that the Church exists to worship God, edify itself in love, and to proclaim the good news (gospel) of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

Organisation of the Church - We believe that Jesus Christ is the ultimate leader of the church as its founder, builder, redeemer, head, and chief shepherd. Whilst Jesus is the Chief Shepherd over the church universally, He also appoints men to oversee and care for local expressions of the church. In the New Testament, the terminology used for this singular position is three-fold: overseer, elder, and pastor (shepherd). The New Testament describes elders as pastors and overseers who are to shepherd the flock of God by feeding the flock (preaching & teaching), protecting the flock (guarding against wolves), and tending the flock (praying, comforting, & being an example).

Pastor Jeff Hicks

Jeff Hicks is the lead pastor of Calvary South Lakes, based in Kendal, England. His systematic-style of teaching through the entire Bible is a passion shared by him and the entire congregation. Jeff’s desire is to see the body of Christ grow in love and unity, and make Christ known.

Jeff was blessed to be brought up in a Christian home, the son of a US Army Chaplain, but it was in 1999 when Jeff finally turned his life over to the Lord. Without much vision for a career, Jeff attended and graduated from University just outside Washington DC, and lived life in “Corporate America”. After several years, Jeff began to feel a strong sense of God’s calling to minister in Europe. Unsure where the Lord was calling him long-term, Jeff attended the Missions Training Program at Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe in Hungary with his wife and 3 small children. It was there in 2008 that Jeff felt secure that God was calling them to join a church that had been established in Kendal, England by their former pastor. Initially, Jeff came to serve as the Worship minister and to assist in the ministry, but upon the departure of the founding pastor, Jeff took over as Pastor in January 2010.

Looking back at his life, Jeff feels as though he was always meant to be in England. Jeff played both rugby and football in America, and he also remembers being captivated by the British culture after watching the film Chariots of Fire as a young lad. This mere fascination was transformed into a reality when he visited the UK for the first time in 2005. It was then that God began planting seeds in his heart for future ministry in England.

Jeff and his wife Mary met in secondary school and have been together for over 20 years. They live in Kendal with their three children: Cana, Samaria and Judah.

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