Don McClure

Senior Pastor of Calvary Way

I was another baby-boomer who grew up thinking that he was a Christian because everyone born in America was a Christian. As I grew, I followed the path of least resistance and ended up much like the rest who follow that path. Finally, when I was a junior in college the Lord helped me truly understand His love and power to change a life through Jesus. How I thank Him daily for His grace and mercy.

I came to Christ at a Billy Graham Los Angeles Crusade in the 1960’s. While completing my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona, I sensed the call of God on my life to follow Jesus Christ completely and possibly forget business and prepare for the ministry.  Soon after that I met Alan Redpath who invited my wife, Jean, and I to England, where we attended Capernwray Bible School. Upon returning to the United States, I continued my studies at Talbot Seminary in La Mirada, California.

Early in my ministry, I served for four years as an assistant pastor to Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California. Next Jean and I moved to Lake Arrowhead where we planted and pastored Calvary Chapel of Lake Arrowhead. During those years I founded Calvary Chapel Bible College in nearby Twin Peaks at the Calvary Chapel Conference Center (The college is now located in Murrieta Hot Springs). Sensing the Lord’s direction to move on, we then pioneered and pastored another Calvary Chapel in Redlands, California, for eleven years. In 1991, we again, still having that pioneering spirit, moved to San Jose with the heart to plant a number of churches in the Bay Area. There are now eight fellowships that have grown out of Calvary Chapel of San Jose.

In September 2002, we responded to a request from Chuck Smith to return to Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa to serve as an assistant pastor.  In 2004 we took to the leadership of Calvary Chapel of Laguna Beach to help guide it through a difficult time.

Our work being completed, we have now responded to a long time desire to step out and serve the churches, schools and missionaries that we love so much around the world through teaching at conferences, retreats, Bible colleges, intern programs, church services, and any other door God opens.  The teaching style of both Jean and myself is simple and practical. Our heart is to be encouraging, inspirational, and challenging to all in their desire to know our Lord Jesus and serve Him completely.  This new season of our lives is what we call “Calvary Way Ministries.”

We have been married since 1968 and have three sons and seven grandchildren.  In the rare moments we are home, it is in Corona del Mar, California.  We are blessed beyond our greatest hopes and dreams to be granted the privilege of living a life in service to the Lord Jesus Christ.