Who We Are
The Word of God stands behind all that we say and do.
The personal presence of God is the ultimate end of our corporate worship.
The people of God supply human connections that help and heal.
The mission of God compels us toward strategic goals.
The purpose of God is realized in us through spiritual growth.
The heart of God is evidenced in us by our love all people.
Change seems to be the only absolute in our world. Yet, some things cannot change lest they cease to be true.
As a church, we are united by the following eternal and unchanging truths:
In 1951, Rev. James P. Turner put up a gospel tent on the northern edge of Greensboro, and held nightly meetings. When the tent was taken down, a small church was organized and was named for the adjacent neighborhood creating Garden Homes Assembly of God Church. In short order the tent-meeting site was purchased and a small building was erected on Battleground Avenue.
The Battleground property was sold in 1969 and the funds held for purchase of a new site. In the interim, the tiny church moved into the family room of their pastor, Rev. Robert Rayle. A new site on Jefferson Road was acquired and the church name changed to Calvary Assembly of God. The first full-time Pastor, Reverend David Hicks, was called and a building project was undertaken and brought to completion in 1974.
Through the mid-eighties, Calvary remained a small church maintained by the faithfulness of a determined core of worshippers. In 1985, Rev. David Crabtree became the church’s eighth pastor. Steady growth ensued as emphasis was given to preaching ministry and missionary efforts. In 1990, a new addition provided space for a growing church and staff as the three-acre property was pushed to its capacities.
As missions opportunities expanded the global reach of the church, short-term team opportunities gave Calvary first hand involvement with church building, evangelism, and scripture distribution in far away places like the former Soviet Union, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, South Africa, Cuba and Panama. Missionary vision drove an ongoing commitment to local missions like Teen Challenge, Pregnancy Care Centers, Tabitha House, and 2nd Chance Prison Ministry.
In 2001, construction began on a new worship center for Calvary Church on our present 27 acre site on Pleasant Ridge Road. Within two years of occupancy, growth necessitated a second morning service.
What started with a handful of people in a tent revival has become a strong local church with a world vision. Calvary Church, in affiliation with the Assemblies of God, is part of a movement connecting more than 65,000,000 believers around the world. In light of the mission, our work has only just begun.