Senior Pastor - Jeff York

Jeff York is the senior pastor at Calvary Chapel of Russell, PA. After coming to faith in Christ in the early 1970's, Jeff followed God's calling to enroll at Melodyland School of Theology in Anaheim, California. Jeff's instructor for his "Evangelism" class was Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Jeff remembers Pastor Chuck saying, "Take out your Bibles. This will be our textbook for the semester. Turn to the book of Acts." Pastor Chuck proceed to teach the class verse-by-verse through the book of Acts. This was the first time that Jeff encountered to the simple verse-by-verse teaching of God's Word that Calvary Chapel would become known for. He immediately resonated with this style of teaching and became a part of the early Calvary Chapel movement.  He eventually moved back to his hometown in western Pennsylvania in 1973 where he planted, "River of Life", a Calvary Chapel fellowship. Now, in his 42nd year of ministry, that fellowship (since renamed Calvary Chapel of Russell) has continued to faithfully honor God by the worship and the teaching of His Word.