Pastor Chuck had been the pastor of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa for almost 50 years and in Christian ministry for some 65 years. He was 86 years old when he entered Glory. His impact on the Christian Church in the 20th century was like few others. Directly and indirectly: Because of its size and influence, many Christians have asked exactly what Calvary Chapel believes in, what its distinctive features are and what distinguishes it from other Christian groups. We have always hesitated to answer those questions, not because we are not sure of our beliefs, but because we are cautious to avoid division within the Body of Christ. After all, what really matters is what we have in common as Christians: the "essential" doctrines of the infallibility of the Word of God, the virgin birth of Christ, His life without sin, His death for our sins, His resurrection body, His ascension to glory, and His personal return to rule the earth. These are the essences of Christianity and agreed by practically all born-again believers.