CCEsco began in 1981 as Christian Chapel of Escondido and was led for 27 years by Pastor Patrick Kenney. The church took the name Calvary Chapel of Escondido in mid 1980′s after joining the Calvary Chapel Family of Churches, which began by a work of God’s grace through Pastor Chuck Smith during the “Jesus Movement” of the 1960′s. We are blessed to serve along side of more than a thousand Calvary Chapels spread throughout the United States and around the world.
In 1981, Pastor Pat Kenney took the role of Senior Pastor at Christian Chapel Escondido after serving for five years as the college and career pastor and worship leader at Walnut. Two years later, after struggling with the need for a more balanced, biblical approach to the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, along with an increasing hunger for the sound teachings of the Word of God, Pastor Pat requested and was granted fellowship with Calvary Chapel. Pastor Pat served faithfully as Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel of Escondido until April of 2008 when he handed the pastoral leadership over to Pastor Miles DeBenedictis.
Pastor Miles began attending Calvary Chapel Escondido, with his family, when he was 11 years old. He was discipled and raised up through the youth ministry, and in January of 1999 came on staff as a pastoral intern. Miles has served in several capacities both in the US and overseas. He has enjoyed teaching bible classes at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrietta, CA, and its extension campuses in Costa Mesa, CA, Siegen, Germany and Dumaguete, Philippines. He and his wife Andrea live in Escondido with their three children, Ethan, Addison & Evangeline.
After many years serving the community as Calvary Chapel of Escondido we have now become Cross Connection Escondido.
For more information about our name change click here.