SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Calvary Baptist Church opened its doors in 1892, four years before Utah became a state. The congregation has met in various locations in downtown Salt Lake, but Sunday they celebrated 125 years of worship services.
Reverend France Davis has led the congregation for almost 45 years and say’s 125 years is a tremendous accomplishment and it means that they’ve worked hard to meet people’s spiritual needs.
He says he’s seen a great deal of growth, not only in his membership, but in how the community has treated his parishioners. “When we started, we were a target of the LDS belief that we were cursed, but since the 1978 revelation that came down it hasn’t been that way, that has changed for the better. We’ve also seen political beliefs change to make sure that there are laws on the books to make sure every citizen is equal.”
The reverend says the best part has always been the people. “My favorite part has been interacting with some little old lady and seeing her eyes light up because she hears the good news.”
The festivities began a week earlier with nightly revival style worship services with the big finale on Sunday.Worshippers celebrated during their afternoon service with special prayers and musical numbers by visiting choirs.