Pastor Paul Van Noy and his family moved from Northern California where Paul had been a pastor for 14 years to Coeur d’Alene to work with Chuck and Nancy Missler at Koinonia House. Not long after that Paul began to teach a bible study and leading worship.
Calvary Chapel – Coeur d’Alene was born in Paul and Brenda’s home with 5 families. After 4 weeks, another local church affiliated with Calvary Chapel asked Paul to change the name of the church to minimize confusion. After much prayer, the name was changed to Candlelight Christian Fellowship along with “It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness” as the byline.
Before long, the Van Noy house is unable to accommodate the congregation which had grown to 12 families. Consequently, the church rents a location on Sunshine Street. While at this location, Pastor Paul develops and teaches Candlelight’s tenants of faith. Once again, as the church continues to grow; the congregation finds that it is too large for the present facility.
Candlelight moves into a larger facility on Government Way, embracing the challenges of continued growth. As the congregation grows to 120 people, Candlelight expands to additional suites within the facility to accommodate the growing church programs.
In light of our continued growth and need for expansion at the Government location, a 2ndfloor, classrooms, and a sound system are added, and Paul becomes a full-time pastor and hires an associate pastor.
As the congregation increased, Candlelight buys a free standing building on Lancaster from the Golub family that would allow us to continue to grow and accomplish the mission of leading people to know and serve Jesus. A church secretary, receptionist and worship leader are added to the staff. Shortly after, the Youth and Children’s ministries develop. However, as the church continues to expand the facility is outgrown and eventually sold back to the Golub family.
Candlelight purchases the Showboat Theater and remodels it into the current church facility. Existing ministries are expanded and new ones developed. Over time, more staff and pastors are added to keep up with needs of the church.
In order to meet parking needs and to create additional outreaches to the local community, Candlelight purchases the adjoining parking lot and Skate Plaza. Skate Plaza is a family recreation center where we provide regularly scheduled skate sessions, interactive and interpersonal relationship building, social development, and child, teen, and family counsel.
The future ministries of Candlelight are known only to the Lord. We trust Him for His continued leadership and provisions. Through these exciting days at Candlelight, the Lord is at work in incredible ways! Current ministries have been revitalized and a number of new ministries begun. All are within Candlelight’s vision and mission as we seek to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, displaying and proclaiming His love and truth.