MESA, Ariz.—Calvary Baptist Church installed J. David Swope as pastor Aug. 2. Those involved in the service included Pastor Roger Williams Sr., pastor emeritus; Roger Williams Jr., retired pastor; Terry Green, state representative of the Arizona Association of Regular Baptist Churches; Ken Endean, president of International Baptist College and Seminary; and Kevin Bauder, Regular Baptist Press author and professor at Central Seminary.
Swope is a graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. While serving in his fifth year as an officer for the Polk County, Iowa, sheriff’s office, Calvary Baptist called him as assistant pastor of youth. He soon filled the role of interim pastor before being called to serve in his current role as senior pastor. He is also a council member for the AARBC. Calvary Baptist Church is excited to see the Lord continue to use the Swope family through serving Him in this new role.
He says, “My desire is to obediently respond to God’s call in my life to vocational ministry by preaching and teaching God’s Word and making disciples through the local church in this age. Early in life, the Lord placed within me a burning passion to further and strengthen the work of the local church to the glory of God. God’s inescapable call must be answered with a resounding, ‘Here am I, Lord. Send me.’”
Calvary Baptist Church has been blessed with a long and rich heritage of faithful pastors since its establishment in 1971. The church says, “We at Calvary are delighted to see the faithfulness to our Lord continue through the new leadership of Pastor Dave Swope.”