Calvary Chapel Meridian has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only their over-emphasis of doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the body of Christ. We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is His (Agape) love, which is greater than any differences we possess and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.

It is our hope that this page answers your basic questions about CCM. We want to make sure

that you understand the purpose and direction of our church. We love God, we love people,

and would love for you to join us. 


Jesus said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit".

This great commission is our mission and it is why we exist. Therefore it is our goal to make disciples in our church and the community we live in. To that end, we have established this vision: Connect. Grow. Reach.


The primary building block for the mission and vision

of Calvary Chapel Meridian is to connect people first to God, then to other believers, establishing a firm foundation in Christ
through the Word of God, and through a healthy relationship
with His body, the church.



As we build on our foundation, the next building block in helping us reach our goal and mission is to help believers grow in Christ.

We do this by providing sound Biblical teaching, as well

as providing House2House Groups, Discipleship School

and opportunities to serve in many different ministries

in the church.


As we implement the first two actions (Connect & Grow)

we naturally move into a place where we, as believers,

desire to and take action upon the Great Commission.

Reaching out to our neighbors, communities and the

world as Jesus' hands and feet is our aim.


Through your faithful giving and prayerful consideration we support a variety of local, national and international ministries, church plants and missions. To learn more about the outreaches we support please click the link below.


We'd love to pray for you! If you have a prayer request you would like added to the prayer chain, please let us know about it. We have a dedicated group of people who pray faithfully over each prayer request we receive.



Pastor Troy

Troy Drake is the Lead Pastor of Calvary Chapel Meridian, Idaho. He grew up in the Chicago area, and later lived for many years in Southern California where he responded to the gospel in 1994. Years later while living in Boise, he sensed the call of God on his life for the ministry and was sent out from and ordained by Calvary Chapel Boise.  He took over as pastor of a small church in Middleton in 2009, which eventually became Calvary Chapel Meridian. Pastor Troy is married to Chelsea, and they have 3 daughters. He loves his church family and teaching through the Bible, encouraging everyone to grow in the grace of God and reach the lost for Jesus.



Pastor Ed

Ed Mechtel is the Administrative Pastor of Calvary Chapel Meridian, Idaho. He grew up in New York City, and in 1987, relocated to Boise Idaho, where he rededicated his Life to Jesus in 2007. Since then, he sensed the call of God on his life for the ministry, became a licensed Pastor and serves alongside of Troy in Meridian. Pastor Ed is married to Pat, and they have two sons. He loves his church family, serves Jesus fervently, encouraging everyone to grow in the grace of God, deepen their relationship with Jesus, and reach the Lost for Jesus.




Pastor Greg

Greg Pachman is the assistant pastor of Calvary Chapel Meridian, Idaho. He grew up in Spokane Washington, where he accepted the Lord in the summer of 2004. Years later he relocated his wife and three children to Meridian, Idaho area. In 2015, he sensed a calling from God on his life for the ministry. In 2018 he became a licensed pastor serving alongside Pastor Troy. He counts it a blessing to be considered worthy to serve the Lord and enjoys encouraging and exhorting others to draw closer to the Lord.

Nathan Cooney

Nathan Cooney serves as an Elder and  Treasurer of Calvary Chapel Meridian. Originally from McMinnville, Oregon, Nathan moved to Idaho in September of 2000. Nathan has been blessed to have the Lord use his gifts, knowledge, and talents with finances to help Calvary Chapel Meridian. Nathan and Troy's goal is to always keep the church's books above reproach. Nathan married his wife Sharon in 1999, and they have been blessed with 7 amazing children.  His greatest joy is spending time in the Word, talking with and helping others grow closer to the Lord along with spending as much time with his family as he can.

Gene Watson

Gene Watson serves as an Elder of Calvary Chapel Meridian. He was born and raised in Southern Idaho, and later graduated from high school in Cambridge, ID. He responded to the call to salvation at a summer Bible camp at the age of 12. From there, his walk with Christ was matured and grown through the teaching of the Word and the application of it's principles. As a young man, he chose to enter the trade of plumbing and eventually owned and operated his own plumbing company for more than 30 years. The trade and business world challenged him to hold integrity in high esteem and to work with his hands to help others. He married his high school sweetheart Janet, in 1976, and together, they raised 5 daughters in the Boise area. All five daughters have married godly men and have blessed Janet and Gene with 12 grandchildren and counting. His strengths lie in practical skills and his desire to see others learn and grow in their knowledge of Christ and the Word.

Alex Salazar

Alex serves as an Elder at Calvary Chapel Meridian. He grew up in East Los Angeles, California. He married his wife Renee in 1984 and they have 4 children. In 2005 he moved the family to Idaho. In addition to their children, they also have 5 grandchildren. Alex loves to serve people and lead them to Gods word in every situation. Marriage is very important to him because he knows by experience that God should always be first in your life. He is excited to see how God will continue to work through Calvary Chapel Meridian and is blessed to be part of such a great fellowship.

Bill Holdridge

Bill Holdridge is an Elder at Calvary Chapel Meridian, Idaho. Bill was filled with the Holy Spirit in 1973, which is when the Lord called him into ministry. Within a couple of years he discovered that meant pastoral ministry, and the ministry of God's Word. In 1978 Pastor Bill moved to Monterey, California  where he started a Calvary Chapel and served as the pastor for nearly 27 years. Bill also serves as the Director of Poimen Ministries, a ministry to senior or lead pastors. Bill is grateful for the grace and patience of God, that He has counted him faithful to put him in the ministry. In late 2017 Pastor Bill and his wife Sheri relocated to Idaho where they are enjoying a new chapter of ministry here at Calvary Chapel Meridian.