On July 4th, Capo Beach Church had its humble beginnings in the home of Jim and Fran Counter on Blue Lantern street in Dana Point. Our prayer and hope was that the Lord would prompt Chuck Smith Jr. to begin a Calvary Chapel in the area. By mid 1974, the numbers had soared from 5 to 65 and the home could no longer contain what God had in store. Thus we began meeting at a larger facility, Richard Henry Dana Elementary School, as Calvary Chapel of Dana Point.
We were in the midst of the “Jesus Movement” that began in the 60's at Chuck Smith Sr.’s church in Costa Mesa. The Holy Spirit was on the move and so were we. Our first land was purchased on a hilltop in Dana Point on Big Sur Street and construction began. The pews were filled on the very first Sunday service! Within a few years a tent was added to the sanctuary to accommodate our growth.