Pastor Rob McCoy—“Pass the baton” as Godspeak Calvary Chapel moves to Dos Vientos; Dedication and Celebration next Sunday

By Michael Hernandez

NEWBURY PARK—“Young people, we are happy to be Jonathans.  We are looking for Davids,” said Pastor Rob McCoy to two fully packed church services. “Next Sunday we will have our dedication services (9 a.m. and 11 a.m.) with special guest, Dan Wilks of the Heavenly Father’s Foundation and a special celebration service at 5 p.m. with a barbecue.

“God put us in this facility for a specific vision.   This church is very significant and will be a hub of a great movement in this community.  I am looking behind me, for the Davids, for the younger crowd to pass the baton.  I want to set an example before I pass the baton,” said Pastor McCoy.

Pastor Rob McCoy

“I am looking for a congregation that will find the Davids.  God has given us a building to inspire the Davids.   May the Davids rise up.  They are not of this world.  They are going to accomplish what God has sent them into this world to do. This home (new sanctuary) is not a permanent home.  It is a tabernacle.  It is a temporary home.”

Godspeak Calvary Chapel moved Sunday into its new 18,000 square-foot building—the former Miller Family YMCA building (which closed its doors at the end of 2017 after 10 years at the location)–in The Village at Dos Vientos Ranch at 320 Via Las Brisas.  The new sanctuary has a Spanish style architecture similar to the Santa Barbara Mission.

The building which includes 2.4 acres was purchased for $2.85 million and is owned by the Texas based Heavenly Father’s Foundation.  The property is leased to Godspeak.  According to Pastor Rob McCoy, the remodel paid for by the building’s owners cost less than one million as was reported by the Thousand Oaks Acorn on July 12.

“God has given us a very unique gift.  Everyone of you, get it.  Young people you have youth and vitality but no vision.  You are paralyzed by fear.”  According to Pastor McCoy, after a young David had slew Goliath the giant Philistine, “the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David and Jonathan loved him as his own soul…Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.  And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow, and his belt” (1 Samuel 18:1, 3-4).

Pastor McCoy spoke that Jonathan was much older than David (possibly even by 30 years).   “Jonathan was the greatest king, Israel never had.   We are looking for Davids.   They will take on the culture and push back the cultural mountains of influence for the sake of the world.   We older folks are going to be the Jonathans.   We are waiting for you.   We are under the atoning blood of Jesus Christ—who has reconciled us and reconnected us (to a world not of earth).  We are going to love you into this Kingdom.  You will not have the spirit of fear for His Word is true.  It inspires us.”  

“Younger folks, listen, we are ready to pass the baton.”

Earlier in his Sunday sermon, Pastor Rob referenced how Adam and Eve were given tunics of skin and then driven out of the Garden of Eden after eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:14-4:15).  “Adam and Eve lived in that other world (Eden), now they were in this world (sin—disobedience to God produced a fallen world).”  Of their first two sons—Abel was keeper of sheep and Cain was a tiller of the ground.   “But what does Cain do, he believes he doesn’t need tunics.  He doesn’t need a blood sacrifice.   He doesn’t need to ask for forgiveness.  I can make a go of it, myself.  So Cain does a sacrifice his own way while Abel does a blood sacrifice to God.”  Abel’s sacrifice to God is accepted but Cain’s sacrifice is rejected.

“Today, we have man’s way or God’s way.  When we take God out of the equation, the only way for a lie to exist is to destroy the truth.  The truth is to be silenced.   So Cain kills Abel.   He thought, if I can kill Abel, I can keep the truth silent.  

“What does John 17:14-19 say:  ‘I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just a I am not of the world.  I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your word is truth.    As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.’”

During the last message that Pastor Rob preached (Wednesday, Sept. 19) at Godspeak’s old facility in an industrial park (2697 Lavery Court) he said, “I am thankful for the 11 years we have been in this building, since 2007.  “I have a love affair with this fellowship.   We have to be pioneers.  We have been tested and challenged.”

Pastor McCoy honored seniors present by stating he would start any church with them and work to “get all of us, to pass the baton.”

Pastor McCoy continued, “In 2014, the political venture began and the church didn’t dwindle.  Then I met a billionaire in Israel while sharing a Big Mac in Masada (Israel) that led to this new property.

“I wanted to have a place which we can lease and God’s money is not flushed every month.  So now the nonprofit owns the property.  Our nonprofit owns the lease.   The church rents from the nonprofit—Heavenly Father Foundation.  We pay the same amount as before and the rent money does not go to a landlord but to ministry that goes into the community.   We don’t have to worry about the building. When there is a problem, ‘I say, you need to talk to the owners.’

“I am excited because we are staging ourselves for an enormous effect throughout the country.  We are a hub, assembling spokes, and steps into the public square.  The major players in the Calvary movement are now touched by this paradigm shift which is profound.   A servant church understands this vision and calling.”

Pastor McCoy was referencing the 500 pastors and wives that participated in the California Renewal Project meeting in San Diego followed by the 600 pastors and wives that participated in the California Renewal Project meeting in Orange County which encouraged pastors to engage in the public square by challenging church members to register to vote; and then vote in 2018 elections.

“It is not just about me in Thousand Oaks; but now Pastor Lance Ralston is running for City Council in Oxnard.   This is a huge turn of events in the Calvary movement.

“What is tragic about the church is that there are 14 million evangelical Christians in California—the birthplace of the megachurch.  Yet 7,280,000 evangelicals have not registered to vote; and only half of those registered, voted.”

Godspeak Calvary Chapel plans to offer fitness classes—yoga, dance, and fitness classes—during the week.   The church is the second religious facility (which also includes Chabad of Newbury Park) in the Dos Vientos Ranch shopping center.


Photo Credits Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor.  He has worked 24 years as a middle school teacher.   Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected]

 Mr. Hernandez is dedicated himself to advance the 13 spheres—as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships and supporting constitutional awareness and active citizenship.

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