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About us

​Chemult Bible Fellowship is a

Calvary Chapel Fellowship that began in June, 2011 for the residents of Chemult, OR and the greater Chemult area.

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Chemult Bible Fellowship is guiding people to repentance of sin at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ. This is because Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven for Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12


Chemult Bible Fellowship is located catty-corner to the north across from Pilot and directly across from CFN on Hwy 97 in Chemult, OR. We invite you to join us for our Sunday morning service at 10:30.


Pastor Merwin Rhoades was a long-haul pill-poppin' and pill-sellin' truck driver when God got his attention and he came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior through a trucking ministry in March, 1985. Two years later God used a back injury to get Merwin where He wanted him. Merwin left hauling freight and attended Shasta Bible College And Graduate School in Redding, CA. Merwin became a chaplain for the ministry he was saved through which was Transport For Christ, on their 18-wheel mobile chapel going from truck stop to truck stop. Then in 1993 he became a chaplain on an 18-wheel mobile chapel for Association of Christian Truckers. In 1995 Merwin, and his wife Debbie started Steering Wheel Ministries which which is now a ministry of Chemult Bible Fellowship.

For four years before coming to Chemult, Pastor Merwin was the Assistant Pastor at Foundation Fellowship, a non-denominational church in Roseburg, OR which has since closed. Before that he was on staff at another church in the Roseburg area.

Before Merwin and Debbie Rhoades moved to Chemult they would come to Chemult in the summer and do the Jubilee for the locals, truckers and tourists next to Pilot with live music and free food and fell in love with Chemult. Then in January, 2011 they realized that it was not just them but God also wanted them to come here and open a non-denominational church. Over the years people come then they move where they can find employment. Others have moved to take care of aging parents or other family members. Then God brings others in, and the cycle continues.

At Chemult Bible Fellowship we teach verse by verse through the Bible as that is the best way to learn what God's Word says in full context. By studying verse by verse we get a fuller understanding of why God says what He says.

The Vision God gave at the start of Steering Wheel Ministries in 1995 was to start a church in an un-churched community for the community and it was to be a church where truckers are comfortable to come to. In January 2011 God made it clear where this church was to be, which meant a move to Chemult, OR where Chemult Bible Fellowship began June 12, 2011 on Hwy 97 for the community, truckers, tourists and transients/homeless equally. After several years of praying, it was understood that God wanted Chemult Bible Fellowship to affiliate with Calvary Chapel Association. So in October 2023 Chemult Bible Fellowship became an affiliate of Calvary Chapel Association. Sunday morning service is at 10:30. We invite everyone to make Chemult Bible Fellowship your church home.

Chemult Bible Fellowship is a tiny mission church in a tiny mountain community, of less than 171 people, according to the last census, in a twelve mile stretch of Hwy 97, in the middle of nowhere in the heart of the Cascades. Being such a small community, we are dependent on others outside of our community for financial support to keep us going.

Steering Wheel Ministries and Love Is A Verb Ministries are both ministries out of Chemult Bible Fellowship. Steering Wheel Ministries reaches out to the truckers who run Hwy 97. The church is praying that God will provide the funds to purchase the property next door which, being a corner lot it will provide both truck and RV parking so both truckers and RVers can get to church. Love Is A Verb is a ministry to the homeless who travel Hwy 97 and we also travel once a month to Veteran's Park in  Klamath Falls where we feed the homeless and have clothes, blankets and personal items for them as well as the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.


Afternoon Of Jubilee is an afternoon of live music and free food each summer. We built a stage on our church property next to the Chemult Post Office where we have Jubilees the second Saturday each month from June through September each year. Please check our “Upcoming Events” and our “Church Bulletin” pages for more information.

Chemult Bible Fellowship is working hard to reach locals, truckers, tourists, transients/homeless alike for Jesus Christ by bringing them information that will establish, enrich, strengthen, and maintain their relationship with Jesus.

We will have to wait until we get to Heaven to find out what the full impact of our efforts have been. All we know now is that each year we see people committing their lives to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, receiving their first Bible, and being encouraged to keep going with Jesus as their Lord and Savior. This is what we know about right now—only God knows the rest of the story.

Our Sunday morning Service is live on Facebook, YouTube and Rumble and can be watched at your convenience. The links for these are on the header on each page of our website.

Chemult Bible Fellowship is a tiny fellowship in a tiny community with an average attendance of 4 to 12 any given Sunday. Therefore, we are almost solely supported by donations from people like you who want to have a part in "Steering People Onto The Path to Heaven.” We ask that you please pray about what God would have you do to help support this little mission church God has here in Chemult. Then click on the "Giving" tab at the top of this page.

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