Calvary Chapel Bible College was founded in 1975 as a short, intensive study program. It was developed as a part of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa’s overall vision to equip the people of God for His service. Throughout its history, CCBC has remained true to its initial vision: to provide a place where serious and committed Christians can learn the Word of God and draw closer to Jesus.
In the late 1990's several affiliate campuses of Calvary Chapel Bible College were started in various countries like England, Germany, Israel and Japan; that wave carried John and Pilar Bonner to Peru in 1999 to establish a new Peru campus. The work immediately experienced God's blessing and began to see the same fruit enjoyed by its affiliates around the world.
Initially, the program was solely in Spanish, but soon students began inquiring from Murrieta and beyond. Increasingly larger facilities were needed to accommodate the growth. In 2005, CCBC Peru was blessed to purchase its own 63 bed facility in Lima, a former Wycliffe Bible Translators Guest House, with the help of a 0% interest loan from Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.
Students and staff eagerly ventured into communities in Lima and beyond, doing the work of evangelism through music, puppet, mime and clown presentations. Dozens of evangelistic teams from Stateside churches joined in the effort. Soon, CCBC Peru graduates began establishing church plants and, to date, nine new Calvary Chapels have been established. Additionally, the college has spearheaded missionary endeavors as far away as Ecuador, Germany and Israel.
Weekly evangelistic outreaches, and subsequent Sunday morning services, were held in a local park which later blossomed into Calvary Chapel Lima which became a fellowship of several hundred believers. People were drawn to the simple yet applicable teaching from its pastors. Ever increasing church and Bible college activities were shared at the CCBC Peru campus in a residential area, and neighbors complained because of the large number of people, traffic and noise.
After much prayer by the leadership, the decision was made to sell the Lima facility and begin building a new, larger campus in a beautiful rural area near the city of Cajamarca at 9000 feet elevation in the Andes Mountains. Calvary Chapel Lima was eventually handed over to Manolo Matos, who oversees the ever growing youthful fellowship.
Presently, the new 2.8 acre campus is still in the stage of development, able to house almost half of its 120 bed potential. Classes continue uninterrupted, and the college is producing prepared workers. Once the construction project is finished, the college will focus on the continuing work of evangelism and church planting.