North Coast Calvary Chapel started in 1976 in Leucadia. It purchased its first building in Encinitas in 1992. Mark Foreman took over as lead pastor a year later, and the church began to grow at a fast pace. Today is has an estimated 6,000 members. Foreman is a published songwriter, seminary professor and author, in addition to the lead pastor at North Coast Calvary.
The church moved into its current facilities in 2008 and recently broke ground on a new chapel. It ran into problems in 2013 with the Calvary Chapel association when it invited Palestinian activists to speak on its campus.