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“As one communion in the worldwide church, the Presbyterian Church in America exists to glorify God by extending the kingdom of Jesus Christ over all individual lives through all areas of society and in all nations and cultures. To accomplish this end the PCA aims to fill the world with churches that are continually growing in vital worship, in theological depth, in true fellowship, in assertive evangelism and in deeds of compassion.”
The Lord has greatly blessed Calvary church with a rich, 80 year history of faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Reformed faith, and the Great Commission that Jesus gave to his church. We have seen thousands come and go, and by God’s grace have sent many on to engage in full time ministry as pastors, teachers, counselors, and missionaries.
Our story began on Sunday, October 4, 1936, when 225 loyal followers of Jesus Christ left the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. at a time when many of the denominational leaders were departing from biblical and historic Presbyterian doctrine. This group, under the leadership of Dr. Robert Strong, met for three years in the American Legion Hall in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. During this time, the church incorporated as Calvary Presbyterian Church, and found a denominational home with the newly formed Orthodox Presbyterian Church. In 1939, the first building on the present property was dedicated.
Dr. Richard Gray served as the second pastor from 1949-1973. Dr. Gray led the church into the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (RPCES), in 1964. Under Dr. Gray’s leadership, the Lord blessed Calvary with steady growth, which resulted in the building of a new educational building and sanctuary in 1970.
" To all who are weary and seek rest,
to all who are hungry and need nourishment....
this church opens wide her doors and
offers welcome in the name of
(cont. from above)
After Dr. Gray retired, Rev. George Smith was called as the third pastor of Calvary, serving from 1975-1996. In 1983, the RPCES joined with the Presbyterian Church in America – in an event commonly known as “Joining and Receiving,” and Calvary consequently became a part of the PCA at that time. In the very next year (1984), a fire destroyed our Christian Education building. However, the Lord soon blessed us with new facilities, including our gymnasium, which provides a venue for many of our youth activities and a service to many groups in our community. These new buildings were completed in 1986, Calvary's fiftieth anniversary year.
1996 marked our 60th anniversary. And with this milestone came another season of transition for our church. Rev. Smith retired as Senior Pastor after 21 years of faithful service, and Rev. Richard Tyson was installed as our new Senior Pastor in July of 1996. Pastor Tyson is a son of Calvary, and served as Associate Pastor under George Smith prior to becoming the Senior Pastor. Pastor Tyson served Calvary for 20 years, continuing the legacy of faithfulness and longevity in ministry laid down his predecessors.
Calvary has also been blessed over the years with several faithful Associate Pastors, including Rev. Jeff Hutchinson, Rev. Gregg MacDougall, and Rev. Jay Scharfenberg. And this is not to mention the multitudes of elders and deacons, lay ministry leaders, and seminary students who have dedicated countless hours of service to the glory of God and the good of his people here in Willow Grove!
The year 2016 – our 80th anniversary year – brought with it another season of transition for our beloved church. In March 2016, Calvary called Jon Bonomo as Associate Pastor. Pastor Tyson then retired in April, after 20 years of faithful service. And then, Pastor Mike Sharrett was called as our Interim Pastor in July, to lead us while we seek the Lord's will in providing for us our next Senior Pastor.
God truly has been faithful to Calvary over the years. Hundreds of people have been brought to Christ. Scores of missionaries and seminary students have worshiped here. Many of her sons and daughters have entered full-time Christian ministry. Many others have taken the love and truth of Christ into their spheres of influence with courage and great fruitfulness. As we enter this new season of our life together as a Body, we look to the past only to fuel our gratitude, while we look forward with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.
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• The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
• There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored.
• All mankind participated in Adam's fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.
• The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.
• Those sinners whom the Spirit quickens, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become sons of God, and will persevere to the end.
• Justification is by faith and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.
• The goal of God's salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness, good works, and service for the glory of God.
• At death the Christian's soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever's soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.
• Baptism is a sign of God's covenant and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ.
• Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
• The Gospel of God's salvation in Jesus Christ must be published to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
Pastor Jon has been in pastoral ministry since 2011. He served as a pastoral intern at Calvary from 2008-2011, while studying at Westminster Seminary. After graduating from Westminster, Jon and his family moved to La Porte, Indiana, to serve as Pastor of Faith Community Presbyterian Church (PCA) in La Porte, and also as Associate Pastor of Michiana Covenant (PCA) in South Bend. After almost 5 years in Indiana, Jon received a call to return to Calvary as Associate Pastor in March, 2016. He and his wife, Yvonne, first met here at Calvary, and were married in 2006. They have two children -- Monica and Silas. Jon is a hopeless fan of all Philadelphia sports teams, and every October he is convinced with renewed hope that the Philadelphia Flyers have a legitimate shot to win the Stanley Cup.
Peggy Yu has been in worship arts ministry since 2013. After graduated from Temple University’s opera program, Peggy started her full time ministry journey at Philadelphia Campus Christian Church as the music minister. Prior to her service at Calvary, she served as an intern under worship arts ministry since 2015 at Church of the Saviour, Wayne, PA. Peggy was born and raised in a Christian family in Taiwan, and moved to United States in 2011 for her graduate studies in opera. She enjoys plying piano and making music with others during her leisure time.
Darren has been working in youth ministry since 2003 and has served with Calvary PCA since 2006. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA with an Masters of Divinity in 2007. He works as a high school science and math teacher for a school in the Souderton area. Darren lives in Blue Bell with his wife Ellen and their three children.
“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,”
Gym & Rec Room
“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 2:4-5
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