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Calvary Baptist is in its 125th year of serving the city of Chester and surrounding areas.
TODAY AT CALVARY
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The following history of Calvary Baptist Church was provided by the church in August 2003:
Calvary Baptist Church was organized in 1879 by a small group of freed slaves who migrated from Louisa County, Virginia.
The following "Brief History of Calvary Baptist Church" is taken from the Home Directory of the Colored People of Chester, 1906 compiled by Lawrence L. Barrett & C. I. Wilson. This reference is available at the DCHS research library.
Twenty-three years had marked the struggles of the Calvary Baptist Church. It was some time during the close of the above period when they extended a call to the present pastor, Rev. Milton N. Sparks. The church then numbered not more than fifty, if that number could be found. There was much to regret that expressed itself. Her people had lost confidence in leadership and declared openly that God was not for them, Etc. By God's help, after much prayer, the charge or call was accepted. There was nothing to give inspiration by them who had gone before. In fact, there was a building, but no church. Entering this house, the Gospel of Jesus Christ was preached. Gradually the people, with difficulty, came, one and two at a time, giving aid and receiving the same spiritually. The revival spirit did much of the successful work in our present church. Now we have a membership of 200, a Sunday School of 65 in attendance, a well established system in perfecting church business, a body organized and adapted in all its parts to a common end.
Improvements- Front and rear chapel sidewalks, cemented basement floors, water and improved toilet arrangements, and last but not least, our parsonage. All this work was manifested in the four years' struggle of the present pastor. Not I, but Christ.
The present officers and officials are as follows:
Deacons- George Fitzgerald, William Grasty, Landon Corbin, John Banks, Adam Dolman
Trustees- J. Wesley Townesley, treasurer; Lemuel Lee Washington Grimes, James L. Smith, Charles Little.
Church Clerk - Mrs. Harriett Townesley
Sunday School Sunday Superintendent - Peter Brown.
B.U.P.U. - Preston Carter, President
Sexton - Mrs. Lydia Corbin
Many thanks to the following for providing additional information for this page:
1 - Calvary Baptist Church, Chester, PA
© 2001, 2003 John A. Bullock III.
This page last updated 02/24/07