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Odenville’s Calvary Baptist celebrates 50 years comment (0)

June 5, 2014

By Leigh Pritchett

Approximately 300 people gathered April 27 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Calvary Baptist Church, Odenville.

This church in St. Clair Baptist Association generally experiences a Sunday morning worship attendance of 125 to 150, said Christene Griffin, Calvary Baptist’s secretary.

The anniversary committee planned a weekend of celebrating that included a cookout April 26, a special worship service April 27 and a fellowship meal afterward, Griffin said.

Three of Calvary’s former pastors — Jess Page, Robbie Weems and Robert Curly — attended the worship service, with Page delivering the sermon. Former member Judy Castleberry gave a vocal performance and the children’s choir sang during the service, Griffin said.

About a month before the celebration, a time capsule that had been buried in 1964 during construction of the church was opened. Some of the items it contained were the first church bulletin and a list of charter members, Griffin said.

A major undertaking of the church was when it opened a day care in 1993, Griffin said. The ministry operates Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and generally has a waiting list.

During the anniversary celebration, one of the church’s charter members, Nina Stanfield, was given a plaque to recognize her continued attendance, Griffin said.

Also Linda Rodgers, representative for the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, presented a plaque to the church, as did Ben Chandler, director of missions for St. Clair Association.

Chuck Lackey has been pastor of Calvary for three years and was the church’s youth pastor for 17 years before that. He said 98 people stepped out 50 years ago to do what God was leading them to do by starting the church. As a result, many people have come to salvation in Jesus and many lives have felt the impact of the church’s ministries.

Lackey’s vision is for the church to continue “to reach out into a dark world with the light of Christ and use our ministries to further the Kingdom.” 

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