Founded on March 25, 1866 as Midway Baptist Church, Calvary was the first church in Clearwater and the first Baptist church in Pinellas County. The first building was a log cabin located on the site of the present Clearwater cemetery.
In Calvary's rich history, the church has transitioned through several name changes and been served by generations of pastors.
In 1923 we adopted the name, Calvary Baptist Church of Clearwater. In 1926, Calvary occupied its building in downtown Clearwater that was destined to become a landmark for generations. Membership at that time was 400.
Calvary's ministry in downtown Clearwater flourished and grew throughout the 20th century. Calvary had the privilege of serving our community by starting new churches including Indian Rocks Baptist Church, and many ministries including Calvary Christian High School.
Desiring to reach more people for Christ, Calvary began preparing for its future in 1999 by acquiring land for a new campus at McMullen Booth and Drew. Calvary relocated to its new ministry home in December 2005 with current membership over 5,000.
Calvary's history reminds us of our timeless mission; to build relationships to bring people to dynamic life in Christ.