Calvary Church – Mission:
Building Relationships to Bring People to Dynamic Life in Christ
Calvary Church – Core Values:
Value the spiritual authority, faithful explanation, and daily application of the Bible.
Value practical demonstrations of the love of God toward others.
Value the transforming power of healthy relationships.
Calvary Church – Origin:
Founded on March 25, 1866 as Midway Baptist Church, Calvary was the first church in Clearwater and the first Baptist church in Pinellas County. The first building was a log cabin located on the site of the present Clearwater cemetery.
Throughout Calvary’s rich history, the church has experienced many transitions, including several name changes, and has been served by generations of pastors.
In 1923 Calvary Church adopted the name Calvary Baptist Church of Clearwater.
In 1926, Calvary occupied its building in downtown Clearwater that was destined to become a landmark for generations. Membership at that time was 400.
Calvary Church’s ministry in downtown Clearwater flourished and grew throughout the 20th century. Calvary Church had the privilege of serving the community by starting new churches, including Indian Rocks Baptist Church, and many ministries, including Calvary Christian High School.
Desiring to reach more people for Christ, Calvary Church began preparing for its future in 1999 by acquiring land for a new campus (now known as our Clearwater campus) at McMullen Booth and Drew.
Calvary Church relocated to its new ministry home in December 2005.
In 2013, Calvary Church launched its second campus, our East Lake campus, in order to reach more people with the message of the gospel.
In 2015, Calvary Church celebrated 150 years as a church, and set a bold vision to multiply God’s blessings by 150 (now known as our X150 movement).
In 2017, Calvary Church launched its third campus, the Seminole campus, as part of the X150 movement to multiply our church’s influence.