Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Christianity Pastor Danny Hodges Learn Religions Contributing Writer Share Flipboard Email Print Image Courtesy of Calvary Chapel Fellowship St. Pete Christianity Christian Entertainment Christianity Origins The Bible The New Testament The Old Testament Practical Tools for Christians Christian Life For Teens Christian Prayers Weddings Inspirational Bible Devotions Denominations of Christianity Funerals and Memorial Services Christian Holidays Key Terms in Christianity Catholicism Latter Day Saints View More By Mary Fairchild Christianity Expert General Biblical Studies, Interdenominational Christian Training Center our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Mary Fairchild Updated April 13, 2020 Pastor Danny Hodges served as Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg in Florida for more than three decades. In 2017, God called him to pioneer a new church plant, Calvary Chapel Fellowship, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Calvary Chapel Fellowship is a continuation of the pastoral ministry the Lord assigned him to in 1984. The church centers on Spirit-filled worship and consistent, verse-by-verse teaching of the Word of God. From that foundation, Calvary Chapel Fellowship focuses on reaching out to a lost and dying world. Personal Background In 1983, as a recent graduate of Liberty University (formerly Liberty Baptist College) with a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry and a desire to start a middle school ministry in a small young church, Danny joined the staff of Calvary Chapel in St. Petersburg, in Florida. God had different plans and within a year Danny was asked to fill a vacancy as Senior Pastor. From an intensified study of Scripture in that new role, Danny was personally challenged in three areas. First, he came to the conviction that the Bible teaches all spiritual gifts are available to believers today. Next, he became personally motivated to begin teaching verse-by-verse, book-by-book through the entire Word of God. He was also challenged to place greater emphasis on praise and worship so that believers could openly express their adoration to God and prepare their hearts to receive His Word. Calvary Chapel Movement In 1987, Danny was led to join the fellowship of Calvary Chapels (a non-denominational movement founded by Pastor Chuck Smith of Costa Mesa, California in the late ’60s) where he found common ground among pastors who upheld these same convictions. After that time, Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg steadily grew under the faithful, uncompromising teaching of Pastor Danny. His genuine sense of realness, disarming transparency, and humorous down-to-earth style are the trademarks of his expository teaching. Family Pastor Danny and his wife, Wendy, have been married since 1986 and have four children, Tanner, Hayden, Jairus, and Audra. More Information For more information about the ministry of Calvary Chapel Fellowship, visit their Web site at ccfstpete.church.