On April 11th Calvary Baptist Church celebrated their 50th Anniversary as a local church ministry in Watertown. Robert Loggans is the present pastor of this local church. All three pastors who have served over the fifty years were present and spoke during the day. There were nearly 900 present for the total day’s anniversary activities, including many former members with a number of them coming from out of state for the special day.
Dr. Charles Sanders, who was the founding pastor coming to Watertown in 1960, preached during the Sunday School hour challenging the congregation from the Revelation 2-3 passage on the seven churches of Asia. He reminded those present that God knows their works and expects them to be faithful in their ministry for Christ. Dr. William Lincoln became pastor in 1973 and served until 2000. Pastor Lincoln brought words from the Ephesus church regarding its “leaving of their first love.” His challenge was that we must look to the future and continue growing in our love and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, while being careful not to neglect that relationship.
At noon the church served a delicious dinner for over 500 guests in the fellowship hall and gymnasium. This meal was catered by the Upper Krust Restaurant whose owners and management are members at Calvary. It provided a unique time of fellowship for many guests and current members.
The day’s activities continued with a 1:30 PM testimony service. I was asked to bring a greeting from the WFBC and Dr. Marty Marriott brought a greeting from Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Also former interim pastor Gale Schaffer was honored, as were several of the former assistants as well as sharing testimonies of their ministries. Church members were also invited to share their memories. Pastor Loggans closed out the day with a brief message. Praise the Lord for a great day of celebration, reunion and biblical challenge.