Calvary Chapel Whangarei was planted in April of 2010. Pastor Miguel Abascal moved to Whangarei from Huntington Beach,
California in 2005. Miguel worked for 4 years in Whangarei. After finishing his commitment in his two other jobs, he was asked to stay in Whangarei and pastor a remnant of Christians wanting to start a new fellowship. He then answered God’s call through the voice of the people. Calvary Chapel Auckland was very influential in helping this church plant and Pastor Brian Hughes was very gracious during this season in the early life of the church.
In January 2013, Miguel and his family, returned to the United States and left Paul Mitchell in charge of the church. Paul and group of dedicated elders continued to oversee the church until July 2014.
On July 8th, Mike Montgomery and his family moved to Whangarei to assume the role of Pastor of Calvary Chapel Whangarei. Mike and his family served at Calvary Chapel Bible Institute (CCBI) in Rotorua for the last two years. Previously, Mike served as a Senior Pastor (Remedy Church Denver/Denver Calvary) and an Assistant Pastor (Calvary Chapel South Denver, Calvary Chapel Budapest).
Mike and Kristen have been married nearly 18 years and have three amazing children (Lukas 14 yrs, Lexi 10 yrs, and Noah 8 yrs). They have been in full time ministry since they were married and have served the Lord in Hungary, Croatia, and now New Zealand. They are excited to be in Whangarei and are looking forward to what God has in store for them, the church and the city of Whangarei!
In June 2016, Mike and his family, returned to the United States where they felt God had called them, leaving Elder Richard Robinson in charge of the church. Richard and a group of dedicated men have taken over the teaching and day to day running of Calvary Chapel Whangarei.