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History Highlights

1953  
Associational Missionary Rev. L. Grady Burgess took inventory on March 22 and found 42 Baptists, 9 teachers, one Training Union Director and two Deacons, and set the date for the church organization. Calvary Baptist Church was organized on May 24th at 3:27 p.m. Belmont was dropped from the name at that time. Thirty-six charter members were entered into the books of the new church and the charter remained open for 60 days. Rev. Otis W. Brady was called to be the church's first pastor on June 17. The first baptismal service was held at Rosemary Baptist Church on July 26. Property was purchased at the corner of Bolling Road and Ashton Street for $300.00 per lot from First Baptist Church. Calvary declined to receive the lots free due to stipulations to be placed on the deed that the lots and all property be returned to First Baptist Church if Calvary Baptist ceased to be a church or vacated the property.

1954  
Approved plans for church building. Sign for future home of Calvary Baptist Church was placed on property. First Vacation Bible School was held.

1955  
First youth week was observed. Contract for church building was let to Rufus Hux by church vote. Pledges for blocks and bricks were received.

1956  
Built present educational building on property and began services in the church. Began GA program and had two active WMS circles. Held first revival service.

1957  
Paid off balance of building loan. Began third circle for young women.

1958  
Organized Brotherhood. Purchased lots behind church building.

1960  
Upstairs of church building completed. Church council formed.

1961  
Fourth WMS Circle, E. W. Gloss, was established.

1961  
Laymen's Revival and Baptist Men's Day approved. Business meeting changed from Sunday to Wednesday evenings.

1964  
Voted to donate 30 pieces of silver on Easter Sunday to support God's work.

1965  
Tiles laid in downstairs area at a cost of $614.00 which was raised by the WMS.

1967  
Present constitution studied by deacons and vote taken to delete constitution and by-laws and draw up a new constitution.

1968  
Secured architect for building program and plans were approved. Church adopted Constitution. Adopted a Security Church Building Bond program for financing its auditorium and educational building project.

1969  
Approved contractor for approximate $86,500.00 sanctuary.

1970  
Construction on sanctuary with a seating capacity of 400 completed. First service in new sanctuary was May 31.

1971  
Purchased 1961 activity bus and bus committee organized.

1972  
Some members left Calvary to establish Trinity Baptist Church.

1973  
Used old sanctuary on Sunday and Wednesday evenings due to energy crisis.

1974  
Had 26 charter members present for 21st homecoming.

1975  
Disposed of activity bus.

1976  
Treasurers report has a zero balance in August. Could not send money to Cooperative Program.

1977  
Finances looking better and started paint fund. Sent money to Cooperative Program.

1978  
Training Union discontinued. Had zero balance on budget in June.

1979  
Designated $50.00 per month to Cooperative Program.

1980  
Finances were very tight and used old sanctuary to save money.

1981  
Youth went to Camp Caswell with funds raised by cleaning church and participating in Slave for a Day projects. Finances much better. New programs beginning.

1983  
Reactivated deacon family plan and reorganized Brotherhood.

1984  
Last payment was made on sanctuary in April and the church celebrated by burning the note on May 27.

1985  
Addition of kitchen built on fellowship hall which was formerly the sanctuary. First evening Vacation Bible School held. Began RA and GA programs.

1986  
Began a $500.00 benevolent fund. Mission Friends and Acteens started.

1987  
Purchased strip of land adjacent to church for future expansion.

1988  
Purchased Baby Grand Piano for sanctuary. Began Belize Mission Fund.

1989  
Team went to Belize on first foreign mission trip.

1990  
Property note completely paid off. Sanctuary pews upholstered. Commissioned Warren and Hyacinth Braswell to serve as Volunteer Missions for the Home Mission Board.

1991  
Replaced roof on sanctuary. Hired part time secretary. Children's Church began.

1992  
Groundbreaking for new fellowship hall on August 23 at 2:00 p.m.

1993  
"To the Glory of God", the Mary Ellen White Fellowship Hall was completed and the parking lot was paved.

1994  
Paid off parking lot paving debt. Church received first computer.

1995  
Purchased organ for sanctuary. Celebrated 150th Anniversary of the Southern Baptist Convention.

1997  
Established Christian Education Fund. Fishers of Men and Women started. Built concrete handicap ramp at front entrance of sanctuary. Church incorporated as Calvary Baptist Church of Roanoke Rapids, Inc. Purchased house and property at 1311 Bolling Road.

1998  
Started a van fund. Used van accepted as gift and church purchased a new van. Began hearing impaired ministry. First Priority funded by Calvary, North Carolina Baptist State Convention and North American Mission Board. Van Welton, home missionary, served as Youth Minister at Calvary and organized First Priority in the local school systems.

2000  
Team Kid replaced GAs and RAs. Purchased third van. Burned retired debt note at Thanksgiving Dinner. Church debt free. Youth participated in first World Changers trip to Charleston, West Virginia.

2001  
Youth went to Anniston, Alabama on second World Changers mission trip.

2002  
Renovated preschool department. Replaced carpet in sanctuary. Secretary is full time. Constitution committee elected to revise constitution. Purchased 26 seat bus. Youth participated in third World Changers project in Philadelphia.

2003  
Celebrated 50th Anniversary. Youth participated in World Changers in Norfolk, Virginia.

2004  
Purchased property adjacent to church located at 1315 Bolling Road. Replaced roof and sound system in October.

2005  
Calvary's Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief team went to Gulfport, MS with NC Baptist Men. Replaced windows in church and covered all outside trim with vinyl siding in July. Youth participated in World Changers in Savannah, Georgia.

2006  
Adopted Constitution April 26, 2006. Hired Minister of Music Rev. Casey Short on July 6. Calvary's Mission Team went with NC Baptist Men's Rebuild Team to Gulfport, MS. Installed steeple on sanctuary April 11. Youth participated in World Changers in Murphy, NC.

2007  
Remodeled and expanded kitchen in the Mary Ellen White Fellowship Hall. Youth participated in World Changers in Roanoke, Virginia. Disaster Relief Team went to Baytown, Texas following hurricane Ike.

2008  
Purchased additional property located at 1305 Bolling Road for future expansion. Youth participated in World Changers in Buffalo, New York. Baptist men from churches in our community joined together with other volunteers to build and replace a home lost in fire at 902 Vance Street.

2009  
Calvary's Baptist Men joining with Baptist men from other churches to remodel a home for a family in the community. Youth participated in Chattanooga, Tennessee World Changers mission project. On April 29, the church voted to change Rev. Casey Short's title to Associate/Worship Pastor.

2010  
Called Rev. Justin Fender to serve as Youth Pastor effective January 1. Ordained William Matthews to the Gospel Ministry March 7. Patsy Smith and Tracy Dahlem participated in a medical mission trip to Quito, Ecuador. 40 teenagers and adults participated in World Changers in Portsmouth, Virginia. The church participated in Operation In As Much by preparing and serving a meal at Becker Manor. Ordained Bobby Harrell to the Gospel Ministry August 15. Outreach ministries (Financial Peace University, Faithfully Fit (women's exercise), Fearlessly Fit (men's exercise), motorcycle ministry, and Golfing for Christ) began.

2011  
Installed a security system in the church and built a sound booth in the sanctuary. Debt free by paying off the $150,000.00 1305 Bolling Road property loan in 28 months on February 16. Began men's leadership class and 2 Feed the Needy Outreach Ministry. Purchased an additional van to be used for out of town church trips. Began Awana children's ministry. Youth participated in World Changers in Pittsburg, PA. Hired Robert Matthews to serve as Worship Leader.

2012  
Secured loan of $58,000.00 to purchase a 26 passenger bus. Youth participated in a Deep Impact Mission trip to Wilmington, NC. Paid off bus loan and again the church was debt free. Completed first year of Awana.

2013  
Hired J. H. Batten, Inc. and Glover Consulting to begin plans and secure funds to build a Family Life Center. This building is to include some classrooms and the present fellowship hall will be converted into additional classrooms. Youth are preparing for a World Changers mission trip to Savannah, Georgia. Completed outstanding second year of Awana.

2014  
Continued with progress on Family Life Center with the blessings of the church as more than $500,000.00 were pledged through the building fund pledge campaign. Two home located at 1311 Bolling Road and 1315 Bolling Road, owned by the church, were removed from the church property to prepare the site of the future Family Life Center. Youth are preparing for a World Changers mission trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Completed outstanding third year of Awana.

2015  
Began construction on the Family Life Center with projected completion date to be in October 2015. Youth are preparing for a World Changers trip to Cleveland, Ohio. Completed fourth year of Awana. Began Men of Calvary Ministry. Calvary was 86th in the top 105 churches in North Carolina with 27 baptisms during the year, and was listed in the top 25 percentile of the Southern Baptist Convention with the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering gifts.

FORMER PASTORS

Rev. Otis Brady
Rev. Bernard Fallin
Rev. Ted Janes
Rev. Edgar Whitlock
Rev. Earl Shotwell
Rev. U. A. McManus
Rev. Jack Boston
Rev. John Alford
Dr. Charles Peterson
Dr. John Mason
Rev. Randy Martin



1952 - 1956
1956 - 1957
1958 - 1960
1961 - 1966
1966 - 1972
1973 - 1974
1975 - 1980
1981 - 1997
1998 - 2002
2003 - 2008
2009 - Present

INTERIM PASTORS

Dr. Ellis Hollan
Dr. Ellis Hollan
Rev. Rix Mustian
Dr. Julian Mills
Rev. Randy Martin



1972 - 1972
1974 - 1975
1980 - 1981
2002 - 2003
2008 - 2008

ASSOCIATE PASTORS

Rev. Billy Cashwell
Rev. Van Welton
Rev. Casey Short



1968 - 1972
2000 - 2004
2009 - 2011

CHARTER MEMBERS

Ronald Baird *
Carlton Baird
Eunice Baird *
Jerry Baird
Ray Baird
Reginald Baird *
Vivian White Barnes
Rev. Otis Brady *
Ida Brown *
Robert C. Brown *
Frances Cannon
Sam Cannon *
Vivian H. Carawan *
Shirley Smith
Catherine Dickens *
Nannie Edwards *
Brenda Faucette Ray
Ethel Faucette *
Mrs. Charlie Fitts *
Elwin Goodfellow *
R. J. Goodfellow *
Gwen Powell
Lloyd Haggins *
Lucille Haggins *
Charlie Hale *
Elizabeth Hale *
Faye White Harris
Becky Howell
Mr. P. Howell *
Jessie Journigan *
Mae Dell Journigan *
Mae Medlin *
Alice Parrish *
Pat Parrish Bryant
Edith Smiley *
George Smiley *
William Spencer *
Ruth Spencer *
Robert Tritt *
Vergie Tritt *
Oakley Vaughan *
Media Vaughan *
Frances White *
Calvin E. White *

* Deceased
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