Lance’s Bio


Lance Ralston is the founding pastor of Calvary Chapel of Oxnard, (Ventura County, California, USA) which began in the fall of 1982.  Since that time, the church has met in several locations as it has grown over the years. They moved to their present facility on Eastman Avenue in the Fall of 1998. Lance and Lynn have been married for thirty-four years. They have three adult children and a grand-daughter with another on the way as of this updated bio. (August, 2014)

His method of teaching is expository and follows the usual Calvary Chapel pattern of going systematically through the Bible, alternating between the Old and New Testaments. Being a student of history, Lance regularly brings the historical backdrop of the text to light.  This provides a solid foundation for understanding how the truth of God’s Word is relevant for us today. Lance has taught through the entire Bible four times and is now working his way through it with the people of Calvary Oxnard a fifth time. When that journey is complete, he’ll start over and make a sixth trip through.

Calvary Chapel Oxnard is part of a larger voluntary association of like-minded fellowships that can be roughly described as theologically Evangelical. For more information about Calvary Chapel please refer to www.calvarychapel.com and for Calvary Chapel Oxnard where Lance pastors, www.calvaryoxnard.org

Lance is the author of one book, drawn from a sermon series he did on marriage – Marriage: As It Was meant To Be, available through Amazon.

One of Lance’s passions is imparting principles of leadership to other leaders, especially young church pastors and ministry leaders. Along with his fascination with history is a keen interest in leadership. When the two intersect, he gets so excited he has to be calmed down by a soothing voice and a cup of chamomile tea.

Communio Sanctorum – History of the Christian Church is a labor of love Pastor Lance both enjoys studying for and producing for the web. Version 1 of the podcast was well received with many enthusiastic subscribers. Over 100 episodes, the podcast went from the 1st Century to the Reformation, when Lance decided to re-boot the series. The audio quality of the early podcasts was sub-standard, and the timeline needed to be cleaned up. While Version 2 has seen better audio, the timeline is still a challenge.