About Us

Our History

Calvary Chapel Oxford came into being in January 2001 under the call and direction of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord gave a very clear commission to Philip Vickery in the summer of 2000 to move to Oxford and establish a new local Church within the city that was committed to Expository Bible teaching. He obeyed this commission, and just six months later, Calvary Chapel Oxford held its first meeting on a Sunday night at Botley Community Centre Oxford. As the Lord had commanded we began to teach the Gospel of Matthew one verse at a time.

Four years later, the teaching from the Gospel of Matthew was completed and the Lord had laid within the Church a solid foundation. By this time, the Church had moved its Sunday meetings to Botley Primary School which continues to be its home to the present day.

We firmly believe and uphold that Jesus Christ builds his church and this has been the testimony of Calvary Chapel Oxford. Over the years the Lord has continued to build the church establishing a leadership through the establishment of assistant pastors, elders, and deacons. The church has developed a very active missions department, Sunday School, youth ministry, men’s and ladies prayer breakfasts, a number of mid-week home groups, prayer meetings, and various other meetings.

Through it all, the Lord Jesus Christ has shown himself to be Head of the Church, the Lord of the harvest and indeed the Chief Shepherd of the sheep. We praise him and thank him for all that he has done and we look forward to seeing him bring to fulfillment all the plans he has laid for the city of Oxford in these coming days.


  • Philip Vickery
      Philip VickeryPastor

    Philip Vickery


    Philip is the founding pastor/teacher of Calvary Chapel Oxford and also works full time as Managing Director of a construction company. The son of a minister, Philip has served in numerous capacities within the church throughout his life. In 2001 Philip was called to start Calvary Chapel Oxford. Philip is married to Hannah and has two children.

    • Robin Mitchell
        Robin MitchellElder

      Robin Mitchell


      Robin serves the church as an elder and is also the treasurer. He is married to Jayne and they have three children.