It all started in 1980 with just a friendly visit to an elderly lady in our community. That visit was used by God and here we now have over 25 years of history! It was that visit which led Mr. Dave Peters of Bethel Baptist Church in Amherst County to start a mission church in a vacant store building on Rt. 6 near Scottsville. During a conference meeting on Sunday afternoon, June 1st 1980, Calvary Baptist Church was established with 14 charter members. The first service was held by Pastor Charlie Campbell on June 15, 1980 with 29 people attending. In July of 1980, a missionary to Bolivia was supported by faith promise. And in August, revival was held. By December, there was a program for Christmas. Of the first charter members, Leona Willis, Junior and Paula Wyant are still active members today. Calvary Baptist Church had its own set of by-laws and was deemed an independent, Bible preaching/teaching church.
From the beginning space was a challenge. We had to use the church bus as a classroom and a camping trailer as a nursery. But having had bountiful blessings, by December of that same year, the faithful members felt the Lord was leading them to buy land and build their own church.
Near the end of 1981, the move to the old Scottsville School cafeteria began to materialize. It was in 1982 that these 5 acres were available, and by early 1983, the contracts were signed. Church members did much of the construction work on the new building. It was also the members who helped secure funding and the first mortgage was paid off just 9 years later.
By mid 1985 Pastor Jeff Clark and his family had arrived and the first service in the new church was held on September 1, 1985. Since then, Pastors Tim Kyser and Steve Huffman have been recommended by this church to be ordained and both are now pastors of local Baptist churches.
We were very blessed to have had the opportunity to vote David Morris in as Interim Pastor in June 2002 and then Senior Pastor in September 2002, seceding Pastor Clark, who had been called to the mission fields of Guatemala. We are so thankful for our Pastor, his wife and their children.
Currently, we are supporting 26 missionaries by faith promise and sending financial support from Scottsville to locations all around the world. At home we are broadcasting Christian radio 24 hours a day to Scottsville and the surrounding areas. The church has also purchased a bus and look forward to operating a bus ministry in the future.
Our young children are such a vital part of our ministry. We are so very thankful for all of our faithful and dedicated teachers, who pour themselves into lovingly instructing our children in the Word of God. We are currently operating a Home School Co-operative and are moving toward having a Christian School for the families in our church in the very near future.
We thank God for allowing us to live in a country that has the freedom of worship and we praise Him for our blessings. We look forward to what He has in store for the future of Calvary Baptist Church.......
Just a little bit about us, and how we began ...
With a humble beginning in 1980, it all started with a friendly visit to an elderly lady in our community.