FOREST CITY, Iowa—Calvary Baptist Church celebrated its 125th anniversary Sept. 5–7.
That weekend, the church’s Sunday services featured three speakers who had grown up attending Calvary Baptist and are now serving as pastors in other churches. Joshua Farrell, pastor of First Baptist Church, Brayton, Iowa, spoke during Sunday School. Joshua is the son of Doug Farrell, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church since August 1991. Larry Johnson, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Mankato, Minnesota, spoke during the morning service. Steve Hill, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, Iowa Falls, Iowa, spoke during the evening service.
Other special guests included Tim Capon, state representative of the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches; Eldon Pals, pastor of the church from 1970 to 1974; Jerry Gortmaker, former youth pastor at the church; and missionary Joy Akkermann, whose sending church is Calvary Baptist Church.
In addition to attending the services, the congregation enjoyed a concert with Forever Be Sure on Saturday night, a catered meal on Sunday at noon, breakfast and devotions with evangelist Timothy Silcott on Monday, and displays of photos and memorabilia throughout the church each day.