Pastor Steve Johnson, after being under great conviction of the Holy Spirit, was literally brought to his knees in a field and was filled with the Holy Spirit in 1975. Married to Terri in 1977, they later moved to Phoenix, where Steve became acquainted with the Bible teachings of Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa. As an Arizona salesman, he spent many hours in the car listening to radio, and soon began to schedule his day around the verse-by-verse Bible teachings. When North Phoenix Calvary Chapel began as a home fellowship, Steve and his wife Terri found a spiritual home. Five years later, in 1984, they were sent to Omaha to establish a new work. Beginning with a tape lending library and a rented room for Bible studies, the initial small group grew to become Calvary Chapel of Omaha. Later, the congregation moved to Bellevue and has taken the name Maranatha Fellowship.