While serving in leadership at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge, Chris McCarrick started a home group at his house in Toms River, New Jersey.  As the home group grew in number, Pastor Chris felt God's leading to start a church through the umbrella of Calvary Chapel.

On April 17, 1994, Calvary Chapel of Toms River started in the McCarrick’s home, with the children's ministry meeting in the garage.  Eventually, they grew out of their home and moved the church to an elementary school, and then later that year, they moved into a middle school, Toms River Intermediate West. 

After three years a facility opened up in the Cross River Mill Plaza in Lakewood, and the church moved again. During that time, God was blessing the ministry and there was an exceptional amount of growth, both in numbers and spiritually, and the church transitioned into two services. 

In March of 2001, an old movie theatre in Howell, NJ became available and the church was able to renovate and occupy it by December 16th, 2001. The church manifested as Cornerstone Calvary Chapel and has maintained the Howell location ever since.  


Pastor Chris McCarrick

Chris McCarrick
Senior Pastor

Meet the Pastor

Chris McCarrick is the Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Calvary Chapel, Howell, NJ.  Shortly after coming to Christ in 1979, Chris was called to dedicate his life to serving God.  In 1994 he was led to start a home Bible study, which grew and became Cornerstone Calvary Chapel.

From the start of his ministry, God has burdened Pastor Chris with putting emphasis on the teaching of the Word, local outreach and world missions.  As a result, the body at Cornerstone supports missions and ministries throughout the world as well as close to home.

Pastor Chris and his wife, Marion have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

 "Upon This Rock", the radio ministry of Cornerstone Calvary Chapel, features Pastor Chris teaching verse by verse through the Bible. "Upon This Rock" airs on The Bridge 89.7FM every weekday at 4:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Saturdays at 4:30 AM and 4:00 PM and Sundays at 9:30 AM.  

Meet the Staff


Mike McCarrick
Assistant Pastor & Worship Leader


Kim McCarrick
Communications Director


Colin Thompson
Student Ministry Pastor


Erin Tobiassen
Office Manager


Sasha Pudov
Media Ministry Director / Pastor


Mike Dolan
ReFresh Coffee Shop


Marge Russomanno
Administrative Assistant


Dom DeNaro
Facility Manager


Leadership Team

Ken Albinowski
Marriage Ministry / JH Ministry

Anthony Angilletta
Outreach Ministry

Dominick Angotti

Vinny Blythe
Men's Ministry

Ray Guida
Men's Helps Ministry

Dan Kazanjian
Youth Pastor


Mike McNerlin
Young Adults Ministry

Walt Miller
Ministry Assistant

How to Know God


"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 (NKJV)



Realize and admit your spiritual need.

One thing that every single human has in common is the fact that we are imperfect. The word the Bible uses for our spiritual imperfection is "sin". Wow, sin, that’s a heavy word! But sin simply means, "to miss the mark." God's mark is perfection. For God himself is completely perfect, we on the other hand, are not.

Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

In fact, God is so perfect and righteous, that sin cannot even be in His presence. Therefore, God must and will judge sin. What is the judgment on sin? Death.

Romans 6:23: "The wages of sin is death."

Being honest with God and realizing your spiritual need is the first step in knowing God.


Recognize that Jesus took the judgment of our sin.

God, understanding our human condition, provided the solution by sending His only son to earth! Jesus Christ, God in human flesh and perfect in every way, took the judgment of sin upon himself when He died on a cross 2000 years ago. 

The cross was a brutal form of capital punishment in Ancient Rome. One would be nailed to a cross and then suspended from it until he or she died slowly from suffocation. Jesus, committing no sin and no crime, willingly hung on a cross to bear the penalty for our sins. Jesus was God in the flesh; three days later He rose from the dead and defeated the power of sin and death.

1 Peter 3:18: "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit."

Romans 5:6-8: "For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

God is not only a just God, but a loving God as well. He must judge your sin, yet God loves YOU with an everlasting love. That is why he sent His Son to atone your sin.

John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

In one act, God judged sin and demonstrated His incredible love for you.


Receive God's free gift of eternal life.

God's gift is free to you but it wasn't cheap. It was very expensive. In fact, it was so expensive there is nothing you could ever do in your entire life to earn or purchase it. This gift cost the life of God's own son. However, through faith, we can receive God's gift of forgiveness and eternity in heaven.

Romans 5:18: "Through one Man's (Jesus) righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life."

Romans 6:23: "The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

When we put our faith in Christ, God no longer looks at us as a "sinner" separated from Him, but as a completely perfect child with the righteousness of Jesus purchased for us by His death.

Today, receive God's complete and total forgiveness.


Repent from your current direction.

The word “repent” simply means, "To change your mind." The change is sparked from the realization that we are going the wrong direction.  To repent: Stop where you are, make a 180-degree turn, and go the right way.

Furthermore, we may need to change our mind about who we think God is, or what we think of His true character. Many people today have an incorrect or warped view of God.

God has revealed himself through His son Jesus; He will continue to reveal Himself to you through the Bible. Know this: God loves you and has an incredible plan for your life, but you must follow Him.

Jeremiah 29:11-13: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."

Repent and follow Jesus.


Rejoice in the reality that your sins are forgiven, God has accepted you as His child, and you are going to heaven.

You were created to know God and be in a relationship with Him. When this happens, you understand the reason for your existence and all of heaven rejoices.

Luke 15:10: "I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

We can live our lives with the assurance that we are right with God, with the joy that nothing will separate us from the love of God, and with the confidence that we are going to heaven.

If you want the forgiveness of your sins and the hope of heaven, simply pray this prayer and mean it from your heart:

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died for my sins. I give my life to you right now and ask you to be my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen.

If you prayed this, please contact us and let us know. We would like to rejoice and pray with you; we can also send you a New Believer’s Bible.


Cornerstone Calvary Chapel

6550 Rt. 9 Howell, NJ 07731  Phone: (732)901-5525  Fax: (732)901-0356