A celebration was held Sunday for a very special church in Salt Lake City. Calvary Baptist Church is celebrating 125 years of service. The church was formed 4 years before Utah even became a state. Reverend France Davis, who has led the congregation for nearly 45 years, joined Emily Clark to talk about why this is so important for the church.
Calvary Baptist Church announced that its celebration would consist of worship and service in the Salt Lake City Community with 6 nights of soul-refreshing revival, and a Sunday afternoon Anniversary Service. The revival began on November 5, 2017 with a Communion service, followed by nightly services from November 6th to November 10th. Services included singing, praying, preaching and fellowship.
The guest revivalist was Reverend L.K. Curry, a dynamic, seasoned guest revivalist who is the Pastor Emeritus Extraordinaire of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Chicago, IL, and a Board member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
Yesterday’s Anniversary Service guest speaker was youthful, energetic Reverend Dr. Elliott Cuff of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dean of The National Baptist Congress of Christian Education.
Davis says, “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.”
Milestones in the church’s 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.