November 12th: 125th Anniversary

Theme: The Family, God’s First Institution


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Pastor France Davis

On Sunday, November 12, Pastor France Davis and the congregation of the Calvary Baptist Church will celebrate 125 years of service in the Salt Lake City Community. Pastor Davis described the Calvary congregation, “With more than 700 members and many more attending, the congregation continues to meet spiritual needs first and foremost while also helping people wherever they hurt. Since everybody is welcomed, our congregation is more and more diverse with a distinct African American style of worship. We lift our voice in praise and trust God to speak to our lives.”

Dr Elliott Cuff

Dr Elliott Cuff

The guest speaker for our 125th Church Anniversary Celebration will be Rev Dr. Elliott Cuff of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dean of The National Baptist Congress of Christian Education.

Milestones in Our History

1890    A Baptist Prayer Band formed and held worship services in their homes

1892    The “Baptist Prayer Band” was established as “The Calvary Missionary Baptist Church” and identified as the “little colored house of worship in the alley”

1896     The congregation used a building located in the rear of a white church as a place of worship

1898     Rev. D. Jones pastored the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church

1901     Rev. J. W. Washington pastored the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church

1902     The congregation moved to a new chapel located at 472 East Second South

1911     The congregation purchased the Eastside Baptist Church

1921     The Calvary Baptist Church was incorporated by the State of Utah.

1951     The Articles of Incorporation were revised and approved by the membership.

1954     Rev. William I. Monroe served as pastor of Calvary

1966     The Calvary congregation moved to 532 East Seventh South.

1974     Rev. France A. Davis was installed as pastor of Calvary

1989     Pastor Davis and the Calvary congregation dedicated Calvary Towers, a low-income senior citizen housing complex adjacent to the church.

1996     Calvary secured 2½ acres of land to build a new facility

2001    The Calvary congregation moved to the new facility at 1090 South State Street

2009     The Fill the Pot Ministry was initiated by Associate Minister Rev. Jay Ragsdale. Each Sunday 275-300 people receive a hot meal in Pioneer Park. In addition, clothing and household goods are provided for those in need.

2014     Calvary began a Saturday church service in Swahili. In recent years the number of African -born residents have increased especially in Salt Lake City.

Scripture References

Genesis 2:18-20 KJV

[18] And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. [19] And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. [20] And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 KJV

[6] And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: [7] And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Psalm 127:3 KJV

[3] Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord : and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

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