Calvary Chapel of Wilmington began in 1996 in the living room of Pastor Rick Barnes, who obeyed the call of God to plant a Calvary Chapel in Wilmington, NC. In 1998, Pastor Rick was called to minister to his aging mother, and Pastor Chris Warner moved from London England with his wife Julie to take over as interim pastor. In 1999, Calvary Chapel of Wilmington moved to its first facility in Northchase Business Park. In 2001 Pastor Chris, who was originally from California, felt the Lord was calling him to return there. At this time, Pastor Clay obeyed the call of God, and he and his family moved from Cary, NC, to Wilmington, to assume the role of Sr Pastor.
In 2006 Calvary Chapel of Wilmington moved to its current location on Carolina Beach Road.