Calvary Chapel Word of Life was born out of a Bible Study. This study was simply a group of believers coming together who had a hunger for the truth. We had a strong desire and emphasis to teach through the entire bible verse by verse, as Paul told those in Ephesus, "For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God". This small bible study became a fellowship, led by Pastor Mark Abrams

This study soon grew as we taught the Word of God, being in the center of Metropolitan Philadelphia the Lord has also afforded us the privilege to do countless outreaches serving the needy, single moms and the homeless.

Calvary Chapel Word of Life, considers itself the daughter church of Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia and Pastor Joe Focht. A ministry that God has and is continuing to grow for 33 years.

Joe Focht and his pastor, the late Pastor Chuck Smith, are two of the leading expository Bible teachers in the United States and Around the world. Calvary Chapel Word of Life is also an affiliated with an international family of churches that begun with Pastor Chuck Smith of Costa Mesa, California.