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The History of Calvary 

The story of Calvary begins on March 14, 1926 in the auditorium of Lincoln Elementary School where 169 souls constituted the newly organized church led by moderator Rev. A. M. Brown, Brother A. L. “Pop: Stringer acted as clerk. The new church called Rev. George Wilburn as Calvary’s first pastor. While worship services were conducted temporarily in the Lincoln school, some classes were held in Lawton’s Union Park at 6th and “I” Avenue. It was not until November of 1926 that a tabernacle was erected at 8th and “H” Avenue, across the street from where the church is currently located today. During the early days of Calvary, new converts were baptized in the Union Park swimming pool. It is also interesting to note that the first building had only a dirt floor with sawdust scattered over it. Each Saturday, it had to be watered down for the Sunday services.
 
In the 1930’s the church won many people to Christ along with growth in the church family. As a new church, many things were still being worked out along with many visions for the future and what God had in store for Calvary.
In the 1940’s there were three missions of “Chapels” were established and operated in the city in 1945 and are now full time, established churches. Jefferson Avenue (formerly called Friendship) was Chapel # 1 and was organized into a church in 1955. Immanuel Baptist was Chapel # 2 and was organized into a church in 1949. Cameron Baptist was Chapel # 3 and was organized in 1948 to minister in the area of Cameron University. Two of the three churches are still in existence today. Towards the end of the decade a pastorium was purchased at the corner of 7th and Park in 1949.
 
In the 1950’s our present auditorium, three offices, four nursery rooms, and classrooms were constructed at a cost of $135,000. A Hammond organ was also purchased during this time. To help finance the purchase, the Organ and Finance Committees recommended the church place a “meal barrel” on the dining table of each member’s home and that “grace” be said and one penny placed in the barrel at each mealtime. Since that time, a beautiful new concert grand piano has been purchased.
 
In The 1960’s property across the street west of the auditorium was purchased which is our west parking lot today. beautiful, three-bedroom parsonage was built at 702 park. Also at this time the parking lot just west of the auditorium was cleared, hard-surfaced, and lighted.
 
In the 1970’s the property just east of our auditorium was purchased and cleared. The current education wing was constructed the following year at a cost of $120,000 and was dedicated on December 9, 1973. The old frame educational building on the south side of “H” Avenue was then torn down and removed. A new parking lot was laid out and is still being used in that capacity today.
 
In the 1980’s the members of CBC felt God calling them to start a Spanish Mission, so things were put into place and Romelio Gonzalez was established as its pastor. It is now the First Baptist Hispanic Church at 819 SW Magnolia. Along with the establishing of the mission church, Calvary also experienced great growth and several hundred souls where saved during this time.
 
In the 1990’s Calvary initiated a capital fund-raising project called “Reaching to the Future” that netted many changes. The three-year campaign raised over $125,000 and was used to refurbish our auditorium, resurface both parking lots, purchase the multi-media equipment, remodel bathrooms, kitchen, and fellowship hall. The church also began to reach out to the needy in the community with the Clothes Closet and Dental Clinic ministries which are still alive and reaching many needy folks in our great city.
 
In the 2000’s the church felt the need to grow bigger than one location. During this time the 20/20 Vision Team ministry was established and recommended to the church to purchase a parcel of land 1/4 mile south of the intersection of 82nd street and west Lee Blvd in southwest Lawton and plans for a second location were born.
 
In 2015, Calvary Baptist Church helped start another Spanish Mission Church! This church would be called Jesucristo es la Respuesta, or Jesus Christ is the Answer. Pastor Jose Robledo stepped up to the plate as the leader of this church, and it is held every Sunday and Wednesday in the Calvary Youth Building!
God has done many great things here at Calvary and we have seen many people come to know Christ as their Savior. The future is very bright and we look forward to what God has in store for CBC in the coming years!
 
 
 
 
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