About Calvary Baptist Church Ministries

In 1947, Missionary Eugene F. McMillan was serving on the island of St. Vincent when he felt led of the Lord to visit St. Lucia to conduct exploratory work and to report to the his headquarters at the Baptist Mid-Missions in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. Missionaries Bill Grant and Eugene F. McMillan were very instrumental in the assignment of the First Baptist Missionary to St. Lucia.

On February 25th 1948, the Woosters arrived in St. Lucia and the First Baptist Church was established in the capital city Castries. Not long after, the McMillans came to the island to conduct missionary work in various parts of the island along with the Woosters.

In 1953, missionary work began in the small fishing village of Gros Isle and Mr. William Sealy along with members of his family accepted Christ as Saviour. A weekly Bible class was started in the home of the Sealys and very soon, other persons residing there made professions of faith.

The Bible class grew and it soon got too crowded to continue in the Sealy’s home so missionary McMillan suggested they look for a place where they could build a Gospel Center in the village. The search for a lot in the village area was a matter of earnest prayer. Not long afterward, a corner lot was found and the men went to the nearby mangrove to cut poles from the trees. An open shelter was erected on St. john’s street using coconut branches as roofing material and the coconut stem as benches. Brethren of Faith Baptist Church of La Clary and other churches came to help erect the new structure. This new structure and endeavor was called the Baptist Gospel Center. It was helped to a good start by hosting the following conference of Baptist Churches and the Lord continued to bless them thereafter. The Bible Class continued, a Sunday School was eventually started, children’s meetings organized and evangelistic meetings held – with nationals doing the preaching. Many souls trusted Christ as Lord and Saviour and believers were strengthened.

Over the next two years, three young men from this ministry became preachers, two of them went on to graduate from the Baptist Bible School in St. Vincent. One of them was Emmanuel Charles from them village of Gros Islet. He later went on to become the pastor of Faith Baptist Church.

Three years after the first shelter was built, it became too small to house the growing congregation, so a dwelling house with adequate shelter and facility was rented from a lady called Ma Holmes, a shop-keeper on Notre Dame Street. As the work progressed, missionaries Margorie Mitchell, Audrey Finkbeiner and Iris Castle came to the island in 1953 and labored faithfully to keep the work going through Vacation Bible School, Bible Club and other activities. The Church was established in 1955 as Calvary Baptist Church, with six (6) charter members.

In 1968 Missionary Robert Vance of the United States of America was assigned to the work at Gros Islet. Pastor Emmanuel Charles was the assistant pastor from 1968 to 1973 before he was called to be the pastor of Faith Baptist Church. The church took the gospel message to the neighboring communities and very soon the church building got too small. Missionary Vance then challenged the church to give toward a building fund in order to build a new church. The target was “68 in 68.” Trying to raise $68.00 in 1968 was very difficult for the church members. On December 31, 1968 Missionary Vance gave $50.00 to the fund in order to reach the target.

In 1969 a parcel of land at Massage was purchased and a church build to accommodate approximately sixty (60) persons. The church building was dedicated in 1970 with approximately twenty (20) members. With a transportation ministry serving the surrounding communities, the church continued to grow and the believers strengthened in faith. Five years later the church called Pastor Hilicious Hippolyte as its first pastor after Missionary Vance’s term ended. Four years later Pastor Hippolyte resigned and the church called Pastor Cyril Hilton who served for twelve (12) years.

In 1980 the island was severely affected by hurricane Allen and the church building was partially destroyed, The building was restored with much needed help from a Canadian team from Bayfair Baptist Church, Pickering, Ontario, headed by Pastor Sam Martin in 1988. The building was dedicated in February 1989.

In 1991 Pastor Cyril Hilton resigned and the church was administered by a pulpit committee of five (5) men; Brothers Kenty Pamphile, Allison James, Joseph Charles, Robert Lee and Wallis Joseph. In 1997 the church agreed to move to the Eldership form of church government and the constitution was amended to reflect this. The five men of the pulpit committee were called and ordained as Elders on February 9th 1997. Elder Kenty Pamphile was chosen by the other Elders to the first Chairman of the Board of Elders. He held this position until 2006. Elder Joseph Charles succeeded him. In 1998, Elder Wallis Joseph died suddenly.

The Elders and church officers meet monthly the guide the management of the church business. The Elders meet as often as they need to for prayer and to discuss pastoral matters. The Elders were given special responsibilities that reflect their gifts. All Elders preach and teach regularly according to prepared schedules.

In 1999, a church was started by Calvary Baptist Church in the community of Rivere Mitant. Services are held twice a week, on Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings.

At Calvary Baptist Church there are several Sunday school classes, a Wednesday night prayer and Bible study meeting, ladies and youth groups, and a church choir.

The radio programme, “Grace Baptist Hour”, once produced by Pastor Joseph Fevrier of First Baptist Church, was taken over by Calvary, and the broadcasts are shared by all the Elders.

The annual church anniversary is held in February. Speakers have come from the USA, UK, Jamaica and Antigua. Calvary Baptist Church has developed and maintained relations with sister churches in various places. The Church is twinned with the Community Baptist Church in Neptune, New Jersey. Members of the church have travelled to conferences in the USA and Caribbean islands.

Taking as their key verse of Scripture “prayer and the ministry of the Word” [Acts 6:4] the Elders, with the full support of the members, have maintained a strong gospel-preaching and teaching pulpit. Growth has been steady and baptisms take place regularly.

The physical plant has developed steadily with expansions in building and parking space. A plot of land in the nearby developing Rodney Heights area was acquired and is seen as an investment for church growth in the future.

Doctrine

The church’s teaching shall be in agreement with the Word of God and as expressed in our Statement of Faith, other Doctrinal Statements and Confession of Faith:

  1. We believe in one God, eternally existing in Three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible [Matthew. 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14].
  2. We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin, Mary. [Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35].
  3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ “died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” [1 Corinthians 15:3,4].
  4. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father, where He intercedes for His people. [Romans 8:34; 1 Timothy 2:5].
  5. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return “in such an hour as you think not,” to receive His people, to judge the living and the dead, and to establish His everlasting Kingdom. “the new heavens and new earth in which righteousness dwells.” [Luke 21:34-36; 1 Thessalonians 5:2,3].
  6. We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, “from the heart,” and demonstrate a sincere faith and repentance through obedient lives and holy works, are saved members of the true and visible Church, the redeemed Body and Bride of Christ. [John 1:12; Acts 2:41, 42].
  7. We believe that it is the obligation of the Church to fulfil the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind, through preaching, teaching and living the “whole counsel of God” according to the Holy Scriptures. [Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16: 15, 16; 1 Peter 2:9-12].
  8. We believe that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” [2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13].

The London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689.

The Holy Bible is the final and only authority in all matters of faith and practice. We fully subscribe to the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, as our main Confession of Faith, as the most accurate expression of that system of doctrine taught in the Bible. We do not hold this Confession of Faith to be above or equal to the Holy Scriptures. Rather we accept it as an assistance in controversy, a confirmation in faith, and an instrument of edification and instruction. This Confession provides every member with a compact systematic theology, and by means of the scriptural proofs, each one can be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in him.

Elders
Lincoln Auguste
Joseph Charles
John Robert Lee
Deacons
Miguel Maurille
Marcus Mann
Winston Talbot
JohnBaptiste Clerville
Ministers
Jod Charles
Kemmy Khodra
Jermain Polius