Calvary Baptist Temple is located at 4625 Waters Avenue on 22.6 acres of land in the middle of Savannah, Georgia, across from Memorial Health University Medical Center. The campus includes a worship center, two gymnasiums, a youth building, a football field, and several educational buildings. These facilities are used jointly with Calvary Day School and Calvary Early Learning Center.
Pastor Kenny Grant oversees the ministries of Calvary Baptist Temple, including Calvary Day School and Calvary Early Learning Center. Calvary Day School is a private, non-denominational Christian school (Pre-K through high school), with a competitive sports program. Calvary Early Learning Center provides childcare education for children ages six weeks to three years old.
We invite you to join us at Calvary Baptist Temple! Come and connect with other believers through one of our Connect Classes on Sunday mornings at 9 AM. Then join us for the Sunday Worship Services at 10:15 AM and 5 PM. And don’t forget to get your midweek reminder of God’s goodness in our Wednesday Word and Worship Service at 6:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you!
We believe that the voices of our society that try to distract and confuse us are challenged and quieted by the concrete principles and precepts found in Scripture. The preaching/teaching endeavors of our church are intentionally designed to demonstrate how the Bible intersects with the everyday occurrences of life. For counsel that is as challenging as it is comforting, and as relevant as it is reassuring, Calvary is the place.
We believe that worship is meant to be a magnificent encounter in which the Divine and the human meet – an event that facilitates a personal interaction between God and those who seek Him. For a worship experience that is exciting, vibrant, and uplifting, Calvary is the place.
We believe that caring for others is a vital part of congregational life. Those who are active here find that their joys are doubled while their sorrows are halved. For friendship that encourages the heart and lightens the load, Calvary is the place.
We believe that the Christian church has the most important mission on earth, and that the church, with its message of life in Christ, is the hope of the world. Indeed, all who follow Christ are ministers and play a significant role in our reaching/teaching/caring initiatives. For service opportunities that make a real difference, Calvary is the place.
Kenny Grant has served as Senior Pastor since November 2012. A former Marine Drill Instructor, Kenny has a unique style of teaching and preaching. He communicates with insight, clarity, passion, and humor. His impactful messages always leave his audiences informed, inspired, and equipped to apply God's Word to their daily lives. Kenny's wife, Shirley “completes him.” They are the parents of Kenetha, Gina, KJ, Kameron, and the grandparents to Keara.
Jody has served since December, 2010 with his family-Miriam (the wonderful wife) and Hannah and Josiah (the fantastic kids). He is in his 19th year of youth ministry and loves to see students grow into what God has called them to be. Jody's favorite verse is Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
Natalie Lee began her ministry at Calvary Baptist Temple in Feburary 2014. Natalie is excited to be working with the Children's Ministries here at Calvary which includes all children in grades K-5. Natalie has also been a coach for five years at Calvary Day School. She is married to her husband, Phillip Lee. Natalie is inspired by Jeremiah 29:11. This verse states, "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not harm you, Plans to give you hope and a future."
Laura Carr was named Director of Preschool Ministries at Calvary Baptist Temple in June of 2014. After graduating from Savannah Christian, Laura attended Brewton-Parker College and received her Bachelors in Psychology. She is married to John Carr, the Middle School science teacher and assistant baseball coach at Calvary. Laura is very excited about the Preschool Ministry, and is anxious for God to move in the children's lives through her and all of the wonderful volunteers.
Derward has served with his wife, Suzanne, and daughters, Tiffany and Ashley, since May 2000 in both the church and school ministries. He is a native of Savannah and has been in ministry since 1985. Derward considers it a great blessing and privilege to serve the church and school families. A prominent verse for his ministry would be Colossians 3:17, "Whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father."
Patrick has attended Calvary since June 2006 with his beautiful wife, Mary Ann, and his sons, Cameron and Cooper. He has served as the Pastor of Worship since January 2013. God has blessed Patrick and Mary Ann with two amazing little boys and they just can't get enough of their joyful smiles and addictive cuddles. Patrick loves music, exploring technology of all kinds, and leading worship at Calvary each week. His life verse is John 3:30 and believes that "Worship isn't a job, it's my passion."
Rich and his wife Anna came to Calvary Baptist Temple in July of 2013 with their son, Dan, and daughter, Talia, all the way from north central Pennsylvania, where they served in youth ministry for several years. Rich has a B.A. in Theatre and a Master of Ministry. He is glad to be combining these two disciplines as he serves both at the church, as the Pastor of Drama, and as a chorus and drama teacher at Calvary Day School. Rich enjoys presenting God's truth through the arts.
Dr. James Taylor has served at Calvary since July 2005. His greatest joy is to see the truth of Christ take root in the lives of young people as he challenges his students to live deliberately in the pattern of 1 Timothy 4:12, "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." James loves bicycling (mountain biking and road), and kayaking. His wife and two children are the absolute loves of his life.
Lyn has served as the Director of Calvary Learning Center since July 2013. She is married to her husband Steve and has a beautiful daughter, Alicia, who teaches at Calvary along with her husband, Brian Evans. Stephen Avery Evans, her beloved grandson, attends the Learning Center. Lyn finds great joy in having the opportunity to begin a foundation in Christ in young children. An inspiring verse for Lyn is Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God."
Fred has served Calvary Baptist Temple for 7 years as the Church Administrator. He has also served in various ministries of the church including Discipleship Training, Brotherhood, and Royal Ambassadors. He and his lovely wife Shari, who also serves Calvary, have been blessed with two wonderful children, Taylor and Rachel, who are in college. Fred loves serving the church, spending time with family, the outdoors, and the study of history.
Gary has been on our staff for over 30 years and the Supervisor of Operations for the past 25 years. His work is his way of serving the Lord and furthering His kingdom. Gary is a true servant and uses any job he does to witness and demonstrate the love of the Lord. He service is encouraged by his wife of 30 years, Jackie. They have been blessed by their children Misty and Austin, their spouses Shannon and Lacy, and of course the grandchildren Jada, Jami and Carter.
Phillip has served as the Director of Recreation Ministries since June 2013. He attends Calvary with his wife, Natalie. This ministry includes the Summer Camp and Recreation Basketball programs. Phillip is also the Calvary Day School Middle School Dean of Students and a coach. A verse in the Bible that inspires and challenges Phillip is Colossians 3:23. This verse states, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as if working for the Lord and not for man."
The members of Calvary Baptist Temple believe that true ministry begins by building the body spiritually, physically, and emotionally. We have many ministries that help us to accomplish this task.
Our mission is to ignite a passion for Christ in the youth and children of Calvary Baptist Temple through worship, prayer, and Scripture. The Calvary Kidz ministry strives to help each boy and girl to learn of God’s love and plan for his/her life. A team of faithful and dedicated leaders nurtures and teaches our children biblical truths in a safe environment with age appropriate activities. Calvary Youth Ministry (also known as The Edge) exists to serve and to equip the church to be the church. We have monthly events to promote fellowship, weekly Bible studies to connect students to the Word of God, and retreats to encourage students and to grow them spiritually. We participate in mission opportunities to serve; an exciting summer ministry that includes weekly activities, summer camp, and Edge Week (similar to VBS); and worship services that help our relationship with Christ to grow.
Our Connect Classes are the foundational strategy for the study of the Word of God in a small group setting. The intent of these classes is to actively engage people in purposeful and in-depth study of God’s Word. These studies produce spiritual growth, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, worship, and foster personal evangelism. There are a variety of classes offered for everyone from nursery through senior adults. Our desire is to help people of all ages to grow in their relationship with Christ.
The purpose of the Senior Adult Ministry is to offer opportunities for spiritual development, learning, socialization, recreation, and service for people ages 55 and above who attend Calvary Baptist Temple as well as for those who don’t attend Calvary but live in the community. For the debt of gratitude owed to senior adults, it is our purpose and desire to present creative ways of engaging and involving this age group in every aspect of church life. Jesus is our model of a balanced person who grew spiritually, mentally, relationally, and physically. All of life is to be dedicated to God and to be used to bring Him glory. Senior adults continue to be growing individuals with a wide range of interests and abilities. A balanced program for seniors is achieved through broad-based offerings that reflect their diversity in age, lifestyle, and need.
There are numerous references to worship in Scripture. Did you know there are 363 references in the Old Testament and 99 in the New Testament that speak directly to worship? In fact, there are 19 recorded times that Jesus referenced this topic in the Gospels as well as 15 instances in the Book of Revelation alone. That is almost 500 times that God speaks to us through His Word about worship. Apparently God must view worship as important for us. The worshipers at Calvary Baptist Temple take this emphasis to heart. We are devoting ourselves to the promotion, the practice, and the performance of true worship to God as described by Jesus in John 4, “…true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth…”
We are committed to reaching beyond our walls and serving the community, country, and world in which we live. Many of our ministries focus on sharing the gospel and meeting the physical needs of those who need to hear the good news.
Evangelism is one of the most exciting ways that we as believers can fulfill Christ’s call to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). When we participate in evangelism, we are reaching out to unbelievers to share the gospel, the good news of Christ’s finished work. God’s intention is not that we rest in our own salvation, but that we receive from Him the urgent desire to reach the lost, whom He loves just like He loves us. At Calvary Baptist Temple we are forming a team of servant-leaders for this exciting and critical ministry.
As Southern Baptists, missions stands at the heart of all that we do. We actively support mission work both locally and abroad by giving a percentage of every week’s offering to both the Southern Baptist Convention and the Georgia Baptist Convention, which support well over 5,000 missionaries around the world. We also have a Missions Committee that leads in various mission projects throughout the year as well as various youth mission trips, both local and abroad.
Calvary Baptist Temple has been broadcasting live and tape-delayed services for 30+ years in Savannah and the Low Country. This ministry reaches far beyond the property lines of Calvary Baptist Temple. Hundreds of homes each week tune in to Calvary’s worship services on Comcast channel 7 at 9 PM. We also stream our services live on the Internet at Livestream.
Those familiar with Calvary Day School know that something special is transpiring here. It is a privilege to be a part of a Christian institution providing excellence to families and students every day. Since our founding in 1961, our mission has not changed. At Calvary, we aim to develop the whole student. That means preparing students for today, college, and beyond. By focusing on academics, social skills, spiritual life, and physical well-being, we give students a solid foundation for life – one that will help them face any challenge.
4625 Waters Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404