It all began in 1972, with the vision of the founding pastor- Cal ‘Dusty’ Witham and some core members who wanted to plant a church that would actively reach out into the community. The church first began in the living room of the enthusiastic couple (the “Hannahs”) who would later go on to become charter members of this new emerging ministry.
Over the years, God has tremendously blessed the church and it has flourished under the leadership of some dynamic pastors. These pastors were not afraid to utilize contemporary methods to accomplish this feat of "reaching out" and developed outreaches including weekly "Singspirations" and inviting the inter-racial Carter Gospel Team to visit us throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In those early years, Calvary met at the Hanson Grange Hall and later moved to the Maquan School where services were held weekly from 1972 to 1974.
The Grange Hall
In 1974, we were able to purchase a piece of property on the corner of Monponsett and South Street. Back then Calvary was known around town as the ‘tin church’ or the 'warehouse church' due to the unique metal structure of the building as evidenced in the picture below.
Calvary Baptist Church, 1974
Following this building, God continued to bless Calvary with a growing and thriving congregation as well as the resources to start expanding the building. The first building project began in 1984 which expanded the church to its current size adding onto the original metal structure.
Calvary Baptist Church, TODAY