Bill and Wife

Bill Walden

I am privileged to be the founding pastor Pastor of Calvary Chapel Napa (formerly Cornerstone Ministries of Napa Valley). Calvary Chapel Napa enjoys fellowship with Calvary Chapel churches, as well as many churches in the Body of Christ.

I was born in San Francisco in 1955, but my family moved to Orange County CA in 1961. I attended grades K-12 in Placentia, CA, and later attended Fullerton Junior College, and then Cal State Fullerton, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts/Music.

My first ministry involvement came in 1980, when I joined the Christian band “Undercover”, and was part of a music movement in Southern California. I was blessed to be lead singer on Undercover’s first three records. Playing to youth as a traveling music-missionary, I felt a calling upon my life to be involved in serving Jesus Christ.

I first started teaching the Bible in 1984, and soon realized that teaching and pastoring was the first priority for my life. I went on to sing with two other Christian rock groups: “The Fourth Watch”, from 1984-88, and then with “The Mirrors”, from 1988-1992. Both groups recorded a record during my time with them. Though I continue in worship ministry to the present, the highest calling on me is the role of pastor/teacher. For fun and ministry, I write, record, and play music.

In 1989, I went on staff at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, under the leadership of Pastor Chuck Smith. I served there for 2 ½ years, as the College & Career Pastor, being ordained in 1990.

In 1991, I was asked to consider starting a new church in Napa, a place I had visited while touring with Undercover in the 1980’s. I felt led of the Lord to accept the call, and our family moved to Napa in September of 1991. I served as Senior Pastor from 1991-2018. In October 2018, I turned the leadership of the church over to Pastor Rob Rainey, and I now serve as an assistant pastor at Calvary Napa.

I currently serve at Calvary Chapel Napa as an assisting pastor, but am also available to teach at churches, conferences, and Bible Colleges.

I have been married to Debbie since 1982. We have three adult children and eight grandchildren.