Our Story

Here's what it was like at Cliffside

Before Cliffside Community Chapel changed to an On-Line format, we were a small, informal, family-oriented congregation. Our services were structured like in-depth bible studies rather than formal church services, with people raising their hands now and then to ask questions or make comments. We had great music with talented musicians out of our own congregation and a buffet style meal afterwards where people could stay and ask our pastor questions. But the sermons are still sprinkled with personal stories, humor, and thought-provoking statements, all of which serve to keep our pastors lectures lively and interesting.

We're now broadcasting all over the world and the ministry is reaching more people than ever before.
Our only real challenge now is, because we don't have an in person congregation, the funding that people used to put in the offering plate every Sunday is no longer there. Yes, we still have some faithful givers that attended a few years ago, but this pastor will never ask for money. That's just how he is, and we really appreciate his concern that we don't ever want to be among those churches who are constantly begging you to send money. So, if you find this ministry to be of real value to you and your family, please... be sure and give locally first, and then if you feel led to give to Cliffside, we could really use the funding. It would help to pay this pastor a small salary and keep the lights and the heat on and provide a safe place to work and reside. But most importantly your giving will keep the Internet broadcasts coming your way and reaching more and more people with a very high level of Biblically sound discipleship.
Several years ago we started providing Pastor Chronister’s sermons as Internet-based podcasts, streaming, and downloads on a site called Cliffside.PodBean.com that feeds into iTunes. Those podcast numbers started to grow exponentially... so much so, that iHeart picked us up, and not too long after that we're on Spotify! And now, those numbers have become HUGE!

A little while later, after Curt Faulk put us on Podbean, we wanted to see what would happen if we put him on SermonAudio.com/cliffside. Needless to say, we were overwhelmed with the outpouring of thanks and encouragement... and questions. We continue to be completely astonished and humbled by the caliber of people who are attracted to our post-seminary level Bible teaching and discipleship.

Since then we decided to put a smart phone in front of him to get videos of his lectures (mostly because people were clamoring to see the white board, so we obediently complied). Then, we put another phone in front of him and, voilà! We were Live every Sunday on Facebook (or 'Bookface' as pastor calls it). Above, you can see a screenshot of pastor pointing to the phone and complaining about being videoed and not just heard. Many years he was told he has a face for radio, and he probably still believes them.

Now, we are multicasting to both Facebook and Sermonaudio which allows us to have a LIVE page on our own site.

We've put a lot of our videos on YouTube over the years, and now on this site we are able to continue providing you with current videos of all his lectures, and... when we get the funds coming in consistently enough, this platform will give you the ability to cast full 1080 video to your smart TV's and even more really cool things. So feel free to go ahead and support this ministry if the Lord leads you to do so.

We’ve been amazed at the response we’re getting from around the world. Our pastor gets stacks of emails and letters with questions, humor and encouragement... but the really cool part is, he will take some of this correspondence to the pulpit every Sunday and address your questions in his lectures. He also attempts to answer questions individually as best he can. One would get the idea that he considers our Internet listeners to be part of his own congregation... because, well... now they are.

Every week the number of downloads increases. And podcasts numbers are through the roof! On SermonAudio alone it's up to over 230,000 so far. We don't know how it happens... people just find us and start telling their friends and family. We’re getting a large and dedicated audience all over the world... Australia, Africa, China, Russia, Canada, Europe, the UK, the Middle East and Japan, etc., not to mention our US crowd.
Here's just a couple of reviews:

“I’ve always thought church had to be boring and tedious…I never thought I could learn so much. I keep coming back because I learn some new and fascinating fact or theory every Sunday.”

“Pastor Steve has been a friend and mentor for many years, and I continue to be amazed at the lengths to which he goes to educate his congregation.”

What people say about our pastor's lectures...

Quantum Physics... Theologically. Why Must God Create?
“Praise God He has the final and ultimate Word- truly all wisdom does begin and end in Him ! Your church is very blessed to have one who is able to teach it so well!!!! All praise honor and glory to our mighty God in Christ Jesus Name. Amen !!!”
~ Patti from Murrysville PA
Death Comes From Man Not Woman. But didn't Eve sin first?
“This lecture really gave me new insight into the Scriptures. It is one that I will listen to again! Thanks!!!” ~ Karmin from Missouri
Why Kill Ananias and Sapphira? You'll be happy to know, it's not why you think
(clicking the above link will take you to the YouTube video)
” This is such a good sermon. So much information to take in. Thank you”
~ NJ from PA

We can't figure out why, but this is our most watched video on YouTube with over 4,000 views.
Why is the Grace of God Free? Why is the Grace of God the Only thing that is free?
(clicking the above link will take you to the YouTube video)
“Hello Pastor Chronister! I look forward nightly to find a good topic sermon from you to listen too! You're so knowledgeable in the word where you take it to another level of revelation! I went to seminary and did not get this teaching! Thank you! May God continue to bless you and your family, and congregation and your rumor! Lol” ~ Josie from Madison, Alabama

Be a part of our story...

For now, we encourage everyone to join us live on this website (click on the LIVE page), and on SermonAudio and Live on Facebook, most every Sunday at 4pm Alaska Time!

Join us every Sunday Live, and feel free to write our pastor with questions and encouragement. He reads letters and emails from our Internet Congregation nearly every Sunday.