Pastor Ray founded Maranatha Chapel in August 1984, teaching a midweek Bible study in a recreation center with 30 people. Today Maranatha serves 7,000 people weekly. He is host to the daily Maranatha Radio show heard on stations across the United States and around the world.
Maranatha Chapel is a non-denominational evangelical Christian church, in fellowship with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa. This informal association includes the sharing of philosophical and spiritual values and the participation by our pastors in intra-church conferences. Founded in August 1984, Pastor Ray Bentley started teaching a midweek Bible study in a recreation center, with 30 people. After three months, the fellowship outgrew the center and began Sunday morning services at a local junior high school. The new church continued to grow; by the end of 1986, while still meeting in the junior high school, over 1100 people were attending, necessitating three morning services plus an evening service.
On March 17th 1990, Maranatha Chapel dedicated its first facility, on 4.5 acres in San Diego’s north county community of Rancho Peñasquitos. The church held three Sunday morning services and added a “Sunday morning” service on Saturday nights, to make more room for growth and the attendance soon grew to over 3000.