Our History

Calvary Baptist Church of Englewood

On Sunday, February 2, 1969, Pastors Ray Thompson and Wally Metts decided to hold revival meetings in the small town of Englewood. These meetings were held at the Lemon Bay Women’s Club and sixteen people showed up for that first meeting. Out of these meetings sprang forth the First Independent Baptist Church.

Wally Metts moved on to continue with church planting efforts, and Ray Thompson became the first pastor. In 1970, the church moved to its present location at 75 Pine St. The first building that was built was dedicated as the Thompson building, and the first service was held in it on February 7, 1971.

Ernest Humphries became the pastor in 1971. He changed the name to Community Baptist Church. Roy Perry was voted in as pastor in 1974, and it was at that time the church’s name came to be known as Calvary Baptist Church.

In the years of 1975 to 1977, the school building was built and Heritage Christian Academy was started (it first began under the name of Englewood Christian School).

In November of 1981, God called Wally Metts back to Englewood. Under his leadership, the following things happened: the current auditorium was built (1987); WSEB was started (1989); the production of “The Lambbegan (1992); a playground was added (2001) ;and the Calvary Family Life Center was built (2002). 

In April of 2016, John Boutchia III was voted in as the 10th pastor. Under his leadership, the church has more than doubled in size. A radio broadcast, The Calvary Connection, has started airing on WSEB. The church is continuing the principles upon which it was founded back in 1969 of soulwinning, missions and Bible preaching.

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