My name is Jerry McAnulty, and I am the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel at Long Hollow in Goodlettsville. We are neither a large nor a small church, and the style at all of our gatherings is relaxed and informal. You will find us to be a warm fellowship, of Christian believers who strive to walk out the Acts 2:42 model, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, and that in His death all people are offered eternal life. We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God, and we believe God’s healing love, acceptance, and forgiveness are readily available to everyone. We are a welcoming community of Christian believers where people love one another and share life together as members of the body of Christ.
If you have a church home that loves Jesus, wonderful; I am thankful you have that fellowship. If not, you are very welcome to our service Sunday mornings at 10:00, where you will find us teaching through the Bible, verse-by-verse, in a simple and heartfelt manner. We have classes for children and youth as well. We also have various classes on Wednesday nights and home fellowship groups that meet in homes once a month.
I welcome you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to our fellowship and pray that our fellowship may someday be a blessing to you.
Statement of Faith
In order to identify this church as conservative in theology, and evangelical in spirit, we set forth this general statement of fundamental beliefs:
1. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
2. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible Word of God and inerrant in the original languages.
3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and His personal return in power and glory.
4. We believe that the lost and sinful (all people) must be saved, and that the only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved, that they who are saved unto the resurrection of life and that are unsaved unto the resurrection of Judgment.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our church observes regularly the two New Testament ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s supper. These ordinances are observed in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ as acts of love and devotion, and are not considered to be necessary for our salvation.
We hold to the continuance today of the diversities of spiritual gifts as found in 1 Corinthians 12. Simplicity in church government rather than a complex bureaucracy. A dependence upon the Holy Spirit to lead, rather than fleshly promotion. The pre-millenial return of Christ for His waiting church. The teaching of the Word of God in such a way that it can be applied to life as beneficial towards a growing spiritual maturity.
Our vision is to know God and make Him known.
We desire to reach out to hurting people with God’s healing love, acceptance and forgiveness so that they experience restoration through Christ. We believe our mission is the same as Jesus announced for Himself; to preach to the poor, bind up the broken-hearted, set free those held captive, and to proclaim liberty to those who are oppressed.
While people are being restored, we desire to train and equip them for ministry to others as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Finally, we desire to be a community of believers who make up a connected fellowship (koinonia), where people are loving one another, sharing life and resources together as members of the Body of Christ.
We believe the pattern for our church is given in Acts 2:42-47, including devotion to the Apostles’ teaching, fellowship, prayer, ministry to those in need, sharing meals together with gladness of heart, worship, and that God will add to the church those that believe.
- The grace of God through Christ.
- Presenting God’s Word in a loving, relaxed and relevant manner.
- Doctrinal balance and integrity.
- Equipping people to follow the lifestyle and ministry of Jesus.
- Worship which is informal and inspirational.
- Loving and accepting people as they are; without prejudice.
Jerry and Vicki McAnulty, along with their children, Joel, Holly, and Jeremy, moved to Goodlettsville, Tennessee in September of 1992 to plant a new congregation affiliated with Calvary Chapel Outreach Fellowship of Costa Mesa, CA. Their particular vision was to establish a church on the northern perimeter of Nashville that would reach people from all the adjoining communities.
A Sunday evening Bible Study was started in October and by December had grown to about 25 adults. Sunday morning services began December 6, 1992. The new congregation met in the conference room of Shoney’s Inn on Long Hollow Pike, growing to about 60 in that location and moved Easter Sunday of 1993 to leased space in Building “B” of Rivergate Executive Park where the church met for over two years, growing so as to need a larger facility. Our name at the time was, “Calvary Chapel at Rivergate.”
In February of 1995, the church purchased property located at 312 Bluebird Drive in Goodlettsville. In July the congregation began meeting at the new location. During this time, Pastor Jerry was able to serve the church full-time along with an assisting pastor. In October of 1996, the church purchased the adjoining property at 310 Bluebird Drive for children and youth classes. In 1999, the church sold those facilities and purchased nearly ten acres at the corner of Long Hollow Pike and Willis Branch Road in Goodlettsville and completed the current facilities in March of 2001. In 2017 we changed our name to “Calvary Chapel at Long Hollow” to reflect our current location. We have a wonderful growing fellowship of people from about 15 different communities.