Sunday April 22nd Calvary Baptist Church in Jefferson celebrated their 55th Anniversary. In addition the church recognized the 75th Wedding Anniversary of the Gale Schafers who were used of the Lord to found the church fifty-five years ago. April is also the 18th anniversary of Pastor Rich and Micki Akins and their ministry at Calvary Baptist.
During Sunday School we viewed a pictorial history of the church followed by a challenge from Joshua by Pastor Akins. I preached for the AM Service out of Acts 20 in the theme, “Finishing the Course with Joy.” At noon the church provided a delicious catered dinner for all who were in attendance in the fellowship hall. In the afternoon a number of present and former members shared testimony of the Lord’s working in their lives through the ministry of Calvary, including Pastor and Mrs. Rod Anderson who served there during their college years. I was able also to share a testimony of the ministry of Calvary Baptist in my life during the two years I was a student at Maranatha College. The church purchased a bus for students to come to Calvary in 1968 and I drove that bus for all the services for the entire school year. Pastor Akins closed the service with a brief challenge.
It was a great day of praise to the Lord for his faithfulness through this local church ministry. Only eternity will reveal the full impact of this local church in the lives of many.