The History of Calvary Baptist Church
Calvary Baptist Church opened its doors as Central Baptist Church in April 1947, meeting in Pembroke's I.O.O.F. Hall. Seeking a more permanent home of their own, three years later the church purchased the residence of late senator, Peter White, located on Catherine Street in 1951. The relocation offered the congregation an auditorium with a seating capacity of 125, ample space for Sunday School classes, along with living quarters for the pastor and his family.
The church carried the name of Central Baptist Church until 1966. It then merged with Bethel Baptist Church, Petawawa, and became known as Calvary Bible Church. In 1969, the church's name was changed to what it is today ... Calvary Baptist Church.
Steady growth encouraged the church community to begin planning for another relocation which would serve to provide more adequate facilities for their growing ministries. Renovating or adding onto the existing property did not seem feasible, and in June of 1976, the decision was made to sell the Catherine Street property. Following the sale of the building, within a matter of days, arrangements were made to purchase five acres of land located at the back of the former "O'Brien Gardens" in Pembroke's east end, and the present building was completed shortly after that.
In the spring of 2012, we celebrated 65 years of ministry to Pembroke and the surrounding area. In November 2015 we commissioned and planted our first 'daughter' work, Trailhead Baptist Church, into the community of Petawawa.
We are excited for the decades ahead, praying that God will continue to bless our efforts in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the world, in generations to come.
Soli Deo Gloria