Calvary Chapel Church opens at traffic circle

Pastor Danny Fryzer is the spiritual leader of a new church, Calvary Chapel, that has been planted at Traffic Circle. (Staff photo by Malaysia Barr)

There is a new place of worship in the Batesburg-Leesville community. Calvary Chapel Leesville had its first services on July 14. The pastor is Danny Fryzer.

Calvary Chapel Leesville is a part of the Calvary Chapel organization. This group is based in California and has been growing since the 1960’s under founder Chuck Smith. The organization has teachings that are similar to teachings of the Baptist denomination but itself is non-denominational.

The Calvary Chapel organization focuses on “plant churches”. In other words, these churches are “planted” in specific areas because the organization feels that the gospel should be spread there.

However, Calvary Chapel Leesville had a different “planting”. This church started five years ago in Pastor Fryzer’s garage as a Bible study and was a part of Calvary Chapel Lexington, its mother church. As the Bible study grew and the need for a new church increased, Calvary Chapel Leesville was established.

The church has many ministries that strive to help all people. An example of this would be the U-Turn for Christ ministry. This ministry focuses on men who have an addiction. It helps the men to get clean and to find jobs to prepare them to live back in society. The U-Turn for Christ ministry seeks to “rebirth” the men who come into the program – both mentally and spiritually.

Another ministry of Calvary Chapel Leesville is supplying food to the Harvest Hope food bank But Calvary Chapel Leesville not only wants to feed those that are clients of Harvest Hope, but they seek to feed everyone who needs help.

“Feeding people does not just mean the homeless,” Pastor Fryzer said. “It means the family who can’t provide – even with a job – as well as the retired person who has a fixed income.”

Along with the various ministries to help people, the church itself looks to include all people. While services are happening on a Sunday morning, the children are having children’s church. The children’s church is split into three different levels – infants, toddlers and youth. The children have faith-based curriculum from which they learn and they also sing songs.

Like the children, Calvary Chapel Leesville wants to include adults. With no formal dress code, the church believes that people should come as they are. Referencing Christ’s words in Matthew 25:40-45, Pastor Fryzer believes that Calvary Chapel Leesville is “there for the least [of these my brethern]”. Calvary Chapel believes that no matter if you are young or old, there is a place for you in their fellowship.

Calvary Chapel Leesville is located at 3334 Columbia Highway in Leesville, just east of the Highway 378-391 traffic circle. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. and Bible study is on Monday at 7 p.m. with supper afterwards.

Story by Malaysia Barr / Posted August 1, 2019