Calvary Chapel Chester Springs was born out of a Bible study originating from Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia. The small fellowship, led by Pastor Chris Swansen, began meeting in a West Chester home in 1996. The study soon outgrew its home setting and relocated to an apartment complex clubhouse in nearby Exton.
In 1997, the study began its Sunday morning service as a church fellowship meeting in the West Chester Senior Center and then moving to a private school in Chester Springs. As the Lord provided, the fellowship moved into our church building located at 217 Dowlin Forge Road in Exton on June 4, 2006. Please join us for worship services, Bible study, children’s and youth ministry, and other activities.
Pastor Chris Swansen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Science in International Development for Appropriate Technology in May 1991. A Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Calvary Chapel Bible College in December 1991 and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Temple University in May 1989. In 1992, he traveled with his wife, Laurie, to Russia to serve as a missionary and became the pastor of the second Calvary Chapel in Moscow.
Following their stay in Russia, Pastor Chris and Laurie returned to the US where he served on the staff of a Calvary Chapel in North Carolina for one year. At that time, he felt God calling him back to the Philadelphia area to start a Bible-teaching church. Pastor Chris has served as pastor of Calvary Chapel Chester Springs since its founding in 1996. He and his wife have eleven children.