As we continued to make our way down the California coast we came to Orange County. By this point we were four dates into the tour and were beginning to feel some of the miles. My voice was beginning to feel the toll of so much use and a few people on our team had come down with something. This is almost a guaranteed part of any Skull Church or O2 Experience tour. On our Florida tour last year I lost my voice completely and almost the entire band came down with a cold that made singing each night brutal. Such is life.
The Orange County date was hosted at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa. This was a special place for us to get to do ministry as it is the mothership that lead to the 1,500-plus Calvary Chapel churches that have been planted all over the world since. It was here that Pastor Chuck Smith faithfully and simply taught God’s Word for so many years before he went home to Heaven in the fall of 2013. Pastor Brian Brodersen and his wife Cheryl are now leading the charge at this great church. Pastor Brian and I have become friends over the last few years and I respect him greatly.
Outside of Montana there is nowhere I have done more ministry over the years than in Orange County, so it’s always a blast to be back in town. Jennie and I were living here when we sensed God leading us to move to Montana and plant Fresh Life. The ironic thing is that God has opened up even more doors for ministry in Orange County since we left than we had when we lived there. It seems He has a sense of humor. The event was packed and we had to open up an overflow, but managed to get everyone into the facility. It was such a special night. There was a huge response to the invitation and we were able to meet some very cool people who came out.
Here is the Orange County O2 Experience look book.