Chuck Norman is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel of Columbia. The church started in August of 1994, with Chuck, his wife Angela, and a few other couples. Since that time, God has been faithful to bless the fellowship with steady growth. In November, 2009, the church moved into its current facilities on 12th Street in the heart of Cayce.
Chuck was saved in 1976, and quickly became involved in a local church in Charleston, where he begin teaching the Adult Sunday school classes. It wasn't long before he was asked to serve as an assisting Pastor.
During this time, Chuck, along with his roommates began to get together in their apartment for a time of worship and teaching. God blessed that little group, and before long, about 75 college students, folks from the Navy and Air Force were meeting together. It was at this Tuesday night Bible Study that Chuck met his wife, Angela, who was a student at Baptist College.
As the group grew, so did the desire in Chuck's heart to step out and see what God would do. There was a reluctance to do anything different, but God was at work calling Chuck to full-time ministry. Many were encouraging him to take the Bible Study group and start a church, but there was no clear leading from the Lord.
Then the Lord opened a door for Chuck to meet Chuck Smith, Pastor of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California. Chuck quickly jumped on that opportunity because, unknown to the people in the Tuesday night Bible study, Chuck was listening to Pastor Chuck Smith teaching through the book of Romans on the radio, taking notes on the message, and then going back to the group to share what he had learned. After the meeting with Pastor Chuck, Chuck and Angela believed that God was definitely leading them to step out, and Calvary Chapel of Charleston was born in October, 1980.
Chuck was the pastor in Charleston for 8 years, then felt that God was leading him to Baltimore, Maryland to work with a small home fellowship group that was starting. This proved to be a wilderness time for Chuck and his family, and after 13 months, God opened the door for them to move back to South Carolina. For the next 4 yours, Chuck worked in Orangeburg, with a group desire to affiliate with Calvary Chapel.
Then, in August, 1994, Chuck and his family felt that the door was opening to plant a new work in the city of Columbia. In looking back over the years, Chuck believes that it was God's will for him to be exactly where he is right now — in the heart of Columbia!
God has blessed the time in Columbia, and the Church continues to grow, as does his family. Chuck and his wife are the proud parents of 8 children. Three are married, and God has given them wonderful spouses.