Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale

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Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
26°12′19″N 80°10′30″W / 26.20528°N 80.17500°W / 26.20528; -80.17500Coordinates: 26°12′19″N 80°10′30″W / 26.20528°N 80.17500°W / 26.20528; -80.17500
Location Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Country U.S.
Denomination Non-denominational Calvary Chapel
Weekly attendance Over 25,000[1]
Founded 1985
Founder(s) Bob Coy
Senior pastor(s) Doug Sauder (2014-present)
Bob Coy (1985-2014)
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Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale (CCFL) is an evangelical megachurch in Florida, with over 30,000 worshipers attending on average.[1] Founded in 1985, it is affiliated with the Calvary Chapel movement. Calvary FTL is led by Pastor Doug Sauder.[2]

In addition to its main campus, CCFL has nine regional campus locations, also in Florida: Plantation, Hollywood, Boca Raton, Florida Keys (Tavernier), West Boca, Boynton Beach, Naples, North Lauderdale, and Midtown (Wilton Manors).[3] Combined, these nine regional locations minister to over 25,000 on a weekly basis via video simulcast.[4]


In 1980, a 24-year-old Bob Coy left the Las Vegas music industry to become an associate pastor in that city's Calvary Chapel. Five years later, Coy headed to South Florida, and founded Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale.[5]

In 1999, CCFL relocated to a 75-acre (30 ha) tract of land formerly owned by Harris Corporation, which now has a 3,800 seat sanctuary, children and youth ministries, and includes a skateboard park.[6]

In October 2003, CCFL sued Broward County for $1 for its initial refusal to allow the church to display a large cross and sign reading "Jesus is the reason for the season" in a 2-mile (3.2 km) holiday lights attraction at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, which drew around 250,000 visitors each year.[7] Calvary won the suit in November and was allowed to display the message.[8]

In April 2014, (Then) Senior Pastor Bob Coy resigned after confessing to an admitted struggle with adultery and an addiction to pornography.[5][9]

In May 2014, Pastor Doug Sauder was nominated, and then confirmed by the board of directors to be the new lead pastor for Calvary Chapel Fort Laudrdale. When announced, the CCFL church body and those familiar with Pastor Doug Sauder’s spiritual character and competency, responded with unanimous support and enthusiasm.[10]


As of November 2016, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale has over thirty pastors and campus pastors:[11]

Guest speakers[edit]

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Among the guest speakers that have spoken at CCFL are the following: Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Chuck Smith, Benjamin Netanyahu, Greg Laurie, Joni Eareckson Tada, Luis Palau, Charles Stanley, Kirk Cameron, Jon Courson, Ravi Zacharias, Tony Evans, Ben Carson, and Max Lucado.

Affiliated ministries[edit]

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale has several affiliated ministries:

  • 4KIDS of South Florida — an organization providing potential foster parents, sponsors, and prayer warriors the opportunity to get involved.[12]
  • His Caring Place — a crisis pregnancy center supporting single pregnant women who want to complete their pregnancy[13]
  • ActiveWord — a website allowing users to download recent sermons, and read daily devotionals [14]
  • WREH Reach FM — a radio station operated by CCFL
  • Calvary Christian Academy; one of the largest private Christian schools in the state of Florida.

CCFL is a long-time contributor of volunteers and donors to Our Father's House Soup Kitchen in Pompano Beach.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Megachurch search results–Florida". Hartford Institute for Religion Research. Retrieved 2014-04-07. Average attendance: 18,521; denomination: Calvary Churches 
  2. ^ "Redirect". Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  3. ^ . Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Retrieved 2015-09-27.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Calvary Chapel Service Times". Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. 
  5. ^ a b Nolin, Robert (April 6, 2014). "Calvary Chapel pastor Bob Coy resigns over 'moral failing'". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  6. ^ "Ramp 48 Indoor Skatepark". Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  7. ^ "Church suit accuses county of censorship". St. Petersburg Times. October 24, 2003. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  8. ^ Wire Report (November 22, 2003). "Florida church can display Jesus sign in county park". First Amendment Center. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  9. ^ "Megachurch pastor resigns, citing 'moral failing'". CNN. April 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-07. The senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale has resigned after confessing to cheating on his wife, according to WPLG Miami. Pastor Bob Coy, 58, reportedly confessed a "moral failing which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church" to Calvary leaders on Wednesday. A board meeting was called the next day, when he resigned. 
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  11. ^ "Calvary Pastors". Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  12. ^ "4KIDS of South Florida - 4KIDS of South Florida, Inc". 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  13. ^ "His Caring Place". His Caring Place. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  14. ^ "Welcome - we're so glad you're here - Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale". Retrieved 7 April 2017. 

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