WHO WE ARE

ABOUT OUR CHURCH


Who We Are


LET’S FIND OUT OUR CHURCH FAMILY


With a passion and zeal for the lost and hurting world, our church is looking for ways to build bridges to a cynical and jaded society. We aim to take a different approach in reaching out and helping people along the journey.
It’s very important to believe that you’re the one. We aim to take a
different approach in reaching out and helping people along the journey. We stress cultural relevancy and utilize all medias and means to communicate the church message. It’s very important to believe that you’re the one.


SERVICE TIMES

Sundays at 10:00am Sanctuary

8:45am Sunday School
Fellowship Hall

LOCATION

We are located at 620 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403


OUR MISSION

Our mission statement can be summed up in one word: REACH.

Reaching Up | Loving God:
Vertical reach to touch God. We reach up through worship.

Reach In | Serving Each Other:
Horizontal reach to bless others.We serve God by serving each other.

Reach Out | Changing The World:
Outward reach to can change the world. We have to be bold and courageous. Jesus commanded us to go into the entire world and present the good news.


OUR VISION

A place where a person with no church background can come and feel comfortable and enjoy the service because the atmosphere will be friendly. The sermons are always practical, biblical and relevant. The music is contemporary and upbeat with a praise team and full band.

A church that is fun for the entire family, a church where kids want to go because they have a great time experiencing God’s love. A church that builds families.

These dreams are being fulfilled because they are inspired by God!

A a church that helps every member find their ministry and lets them use their gifts and abilities to meet other’s needs. We believe the church is at her best when the doors are open to all of who have an interest in learning about the Christian faith. Wherever you are on your journey, regardless of where you fall on the deep questions of faith, our community is open to you.


OUR STAFF

PASTOR Arthur Evans, Sr.

SENIOR PASTOR

Today, our sanctuary is under the care of our Senior Pastor, Arthur Evans, Sr.
843-723-0069 ext. 102
pastor@cbcrutledge.com

REV. ANGELA BROOKS

SENIOR STAFF

REV. LARRY JOHNSON

Christian Education

Minister Jasper Murphy

Evangelism

Minister Robin Bunkem

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Deacon Bobby Green

CHAIRMAN OF DEACON BOARD

843-723-0069 ext. 104

Barbara Nelson

Head of Trustee Board

843-723-0069 ext. 103
finance@cbcrutledge.com

Peggy Johnson Porter

Church Clerk

Rosa Ford Britt

Administrative Assistant

723-0069 ext. 101
secretary@cbcrutledge.com



BRIEF FROM HISTORY

The founding of Calvary Baptist Church is rooted in the Civil War era of American History. Sunday, October 8, 1865, Citadel Square Baptist Church organized the first African American Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C. with a written charter. On Tuesday, October 10, 1865 Calvary was founded under the pastorate of Rev. Charles Smalls. The original name of the church was The Baptist Church in Charleston, however to distinguish it from other Baptist churches, it was also called the Colored Baptist Church.

The original administration of Calvary Baptist Church was:
Reverend Charles Smalls – Pastor
Trustee and Chairman of Deacons – D.D. McAlpine
Deacon R.A. Cuttino
Deacon J.R. Prioleau
Deacon, Trustee and Secretary- B.H.R. Reeder
Trustee and Treasurer – J.D. Freelain
Trustee – A. Washington

Calvary originally shared the same place of worship with Morris Street Baptist Church, which was organized during the same year.

In 1867, some of the members of Calvary left and formed Salem Baptist Church. Calvary’s remaining members moved out of Morris Street Baptist Church in 1868, under the leadership of Pastor Gibson, to 172 Smith Street and worshiped with Shiloh AME Church for several years. During this time Calvary saved enough money to purchase property for its own sanctuary. Monday, June 15, 1868, Calvary purchased two lots in the Rickersville area, from Citadel Square
Baptist Church, to use as a place of burial. The lots are located on Mechanic Street, in the modern day Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery.


OUR CORE VALUES

VISION: We are a Holy Spirit filled, Christ Center Church Empowered to function on the mandate of Jesus’ “Great Commission.” See, Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8

MISSION STATEMENT: “And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

FOCUS: Worship, Evangelism, and Ministry