Who We Are...
We are a non-denominal church of ordinary people, saved by the love and grace of an extraordinary God. Our aim is to know Christ and continually be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is our desire to share the love of Jesus and embrace those who are hurting, lost, suffering, and in need of Christ’s forgiveness. Because of God's mercy, grace, and finished work on the Cross, we celebrate victories through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our blessed hope, and it is there that we endeavor to lead others.
The Bible was and is inspired by the Holy Spirit, and our focus is on teaching the full counsel of God’s Word. Our vision is to glorify and exalt the living God through worship that is true and right, valuing God above all earthly things, which overflows in praise and acts of love. We are determined to live our faith through obedience to His Word; to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation. We believe the church should be a vibrant and prolific body of believers, who genuinely love and wholeheartedly follow Jesus as we delight in His service.
Pastor Tom Jencsik comes to Berkeley from Jersey Shore Calvary Chapel in Point Pleasant Beach, where he was actively involved since its inception while serving as an elder, pastor, and board member for over 12 years. He is not only filled with passion for God’s Word, but also has great compassion for God’s people. His wife, Debbie, also served in Women’s and Children’s Ministries as well as various other areas of the church. As a ministry team, both Tom and Debbie believe the church is to be a “lighthouse” in the community. They endeavor to inspire, encourage, and nurture people in their unique gifts and callings, that their service to the Lord would be dynamic, fulfilling, and fruitful. Their hearts are to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, provide for the deepest needs of the church, and see people mature spiritually in their relationship with the Lord.
After relocating to Beachwood in 2017, with a call from God to plant another church, Calvary Chapel Berkeley officially started on Easter Sunday 2019 and the Lord’s hand has been upon His church ever since. Tom and Debbie have 3 grown children, and 5 grandchildren.
What We Believe...
We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
We believe in one sovereign and eternal God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, that He was without sin, was the perfect atonement through His shed blood on the Cross, died, buried, resurrected, and ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in power and glory.
We believe in repentance from sin that leads to salvation by faith through grace apart from works; that genuine believers are born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit of God. Thus, one cannot be separated from the love of Jesus Christ.
We believe in water baptism as the Lord commanded it, a symbolic representation of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
We believe in the regeneration and indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the manifestation of spiritual gifts and fruit in the life of the believer.
We believe in the premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ and its effect on the life of service and mission of the believer.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of those raised to judgement and Hell, and those raised to eternal joy in the New Heaven and New Earth.
To learn more about Calvary Chapel, please visit the Calvary Chapel Association website.