Broken water line forces change in venue for Calvary Chapel


The leaders of Calvary Chapel Maricopa knew the end was near – they just didn’t realize how near.

Calvary Chapel, which has been holding its weekly services in the Maricopa High School Multipurpose Room since 2005, received notice in June that it was likely going to be displaced due to the high school’s planned construction projects (see related story). At the time, there were no other facilities available for Calvary so, with the school district’s cooperation, it made due at the high school, doing its best to avoid the construction.

The church’s tenure at the high school came to an abrupt end Sunday when, according to Calvary’s pastor, Chris Ward, a water line broke during construction cutting off water to the entire west side of the campus. “I knew then that it was over,” Ward said. “So we made a desperate call to the facilities office at MUSD. John Sampson and Marva over there were great to work with, and with the help of Rick Abel at Santa Rosa, we managed to secure a space temporarily.”

Beginning Sunday, Calvary will be holding its 10 a.m. Sunday services in the Multi-purpose Room at Santa Rosa Elementary School at 21400 Santa Rosa Dr. in Rancho El Dorado.

Calvary currently has 85 members and is one of eight churches that meet in school facilities. Its long-term plans are to lease a facility outside of the schools or to acquire land and build its own.