History

Calvary Church has been active in ministry for the glory of God since 1939. Calvary continues to answer His call, "For the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 1:9).

May 21, 1939
Bible Presbyterian Church Unaffiliated opens in uptown Charlotte at the old Central High School. The first pastor is Edgar Archer Dillard, who serves until 1946.

1941
In July 1941, a handsome brick church building is built at 1800 East Fourth Street to seat 750 people. One of the founding elders of the church is Frank Graham, father of Billy Graham. Prominent preachers including Dr. J. Oliver Buswell, Dr. Allan MacRae, Dr. Jack Murray, and Dr. Harry A. Ironside visit the church. Billy Graham, and the Wilson brothers, T.W. and Grady, preach some of their first sermons from the Fourth Street pulpit!

1948–1958
Dr. L. Pointdexter "Dexter" McClenny becomes pastor, serving until 1958. He works to establish Calvary Christian Day School in 1950, which later becomes Charlotte Christian School.

1960–1966
Dr. J. Allen Blair becomes pastor at Calvary with construction of an education building underway. An evangelist with a successful radio ministry, Dr. Blair actively expands the foreign missions at Calvary.

1973
Dr. Ross Rhoads becomes pastor at Calvary. Reverend Billy Graham serves as keynote speaker at the installation service.

1974
The church has 400 members. Within two years, a multi-purpose building accommodating 600 seats is built at the new Calvary Church location at the corner of Sardis and Randolph. Within three years, the church explodes to 2,000. The new 1,500-seat sanctuary is dedicated in 1978, and in 1981 a Family Life Center is built to keep up with growth. By 1982, four Sunday services are filled to capacity.

1977
The Calvary Child Development Center is founded.

1985–1989
As evangelism thrives, a plan is proposed to build a 5,000-seat worship center. A local developer gives the church 100 acres along rural Highway 51. In 1986 ground is broken for the project. The new church building is dedicated in December 1989.

1995
After 21 years, Dr. Ross Rhoads resigns as senior pastor, shifting his ministry efforts to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, as Franklin Graham becomes chairman.

1997–2004
Dr. E. Glenn Wagner assumes pastoral leadership of Calvary Church, coming from the thriving ministry of Promise Keepers. Local outreach efforts expand and new ministries reflect Charlotte's diverse population.

2006
Dr. John H. Munro becomes Senior Pastor of Calvary in February 2006.

2007–2009
A capital campaign is launched in March 2007 with the goal of retiring the remaining $4 million debt by December 2008. By God's grace and provision, the mortgage of Calvary Church is paid in full by year's end.

2011–2012
Calvary launches the Next Generation campaign and breaks ground for the Calvary Life Center — a 51,000 square foot facility addition, focusing on supporting children’s ministries, student ministry, and CHAMP Sports Outreach. Just one year later in November 2012, the congregation celebrates the CLC grand opening. The $9.6 million construction project is completed on time and without debt.

2016
The Calvary congregation celebrates the tenth anniversary of Dr. Munro’s service. And the Lord continues to work at Calvary Church in incredible ways!