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.
In the summer of 1996, Maranatha broke ground at our current facility on 15 acres in Rancho Bernardo. The building was completed in the fall of 1997 dedicating a new 3000 seat sanctuary, new Sunday School buildings, and a 3000 square foot Bookstore and Cafe. Maranatha Christian Schools, grades K-12, is now located on a beautiful 17.5-acre site approximately two miles west of Maranatha Chapel on Maranatha Way off of Camino Del Sur.
Maranatha Chapel currently serves nearly 7000 people, offering solid through-the-Bible life application teaching that has become a brand of Pastor Ray’s ministry. Ray’s teachings are broadcast daily (Maranatha Radio) as well as four weekly live-streaming webcasts and two weekly archived services. Video clips from Pastor Ray’s messages and ministry can be seen on Maranatha Chapel TV. Maranatha’s publishing arm, Maranatha Media, produces a variety of printed and audio and video resources for study.
Ray has authored five books including his latest, The Holy Land Key. He is married to Vicki and they have two grown children and six grandchildren.