Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church exists to engage all people of Hampton Roads with the truth of Jesus Christ through a loving community.

 

So we seek to obey Jesus' Great Commission to His church in the place where He has placed us as we:

Go: Engaging all people of Hampton Roads, no matter their background, race, knowledge, or status. We seek to minister to both the convinced and unconvinced.

Teach: The truth of Jesus Christ, which never falters or fails, is the power of salvation for all who believe. We are committed to making the Gospel known to all who will listen.

Baptize: The church is to be a loving community, marked out by baptism, witnessing to the person and work of Jesus Christ. We participate in His work of growing His Church.

So what are we doing to accomplish this ministry vision?

 

We are disciples of Jesus making disciples by worshipping, growing, and serving together in Him.

 

This mission reflects certain core values we hold as a particular church:

Worship: All people were created to glorify and enjoy God forever. Whether assembled as a congregation, gathered into small groups and families, or privately as individuals, Calvary is dedicated to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ in all that we are and all that we do.

Grow: We are called to grow up into the likeness of Christ, our Lord and Savior, in our thoughts, words, and deeds. We have a real hope that Jesus changes people and communities as the Spirit works through the means of grace, whether formally through the elders or informally as members minister to others.

Serve: We seek to love God and neighbor generously and sacrificially because God loves us first in Christ. We share the love of God within our congregation and out in our community as we serve selflessly in word and deed.


As we devote ourselves to these things, we aspire in particular to be a community committed to:

Prayer: We can follow the Lord as His disciples only with His help. We look to Jesus to equip us to worship, grow, and serve together in Him.

Investing in People: Jesus has called us to make disciples of all nations, for His aim is the hearts of people. We seek to share that priority by investing in people over programs, whether we are reaching out to non-Christians or developing leaders in the church.

Multiplying the Church: Jesus is growing His church, and we long to participate in that work as our members share the Good News with others. We want the Lord to grow His church by adding to our number and establishing new congregations through us.

 

Pastoral Staff

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Jeff Ferguson
Senior Pastor

Jeff was installed as the Senior Pastor of Calvary in January 2013 after having served over ten years as the Campus Minister for Reformed University Fellowship at Winthrop Univeristy in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina, he graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor's and master's in Mechanical Engineering. Jeff attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Fergusons have two children. They enjoy a vigorous game of cards when time allows.

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T.J. Schley
Associate Pastor

T.J. became the Associate Pastor of Calvary Reformed Presbyterian in 2015. Raised in Goose Creek, South Carolina, T.J. graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina with a bachelor's in English Literature and Language. T.J. then received his Master's of Divinity in 2014 from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and his wife Elizabeth have been married since 2011. When not playing disc golf, T.J. is scheming to find a way to be chose to become the next Green Lantern.


Administrative & Support Staff

Debbie Wolff
Church Administrator

Joelle Nalls
Bookkeeper

 

Ray Paredez
Maintenance Supervisor


Church Officers

Calvary is blessed by the faithful ministry of Elders and Deacons. Each family in the church is under the care of an elder who is committed to conducting annual shepherding visits in addition to ministering to spiritual needs. The Diaconate at Calvary is responsible for the physical and material welfare of members and the church facility.

Deacons

David Bailey
Toby Comeaux
Matt Erichsen
Dale Gray
Caleb Hurst
Mark Kroll
Scott Mackey
Tony McGee
Dave Parker, Chair
Van Rhodes, Secretary
Jim Rogers

Gary Grant (Sabbatical)
Jake Hughes (Sabbatical)
Jim King (Sabbatical)
Ray Paredez (Sabbatical)
 

Elders

Jeff Ferguson, Moderator
Joe Sawanowich, Clerk
Arden Dahl
Dave Mericle
Scott Mericle
Stuart Pope (Sabbatical)
T.J. Schley

Early in 1955, some individuals in the PCUSA felt they could no longer stay with that denomination due to liberal trends in the church’s theology. Letters of interest in establishing a reformed work in Hampton were sent to the Reformed Presbyterian Church, then called the Bible Presbyterian Church. With that denomination’s guidance and support, the first meetings of what became CRPC were held on March 11 and 13 at a local civic hall with approximately 20 in attendance. On July 11, 1955, Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church was officially particularized as a church with 12 in attendance and the pulpit supplied by ministerial students from Faith Seminary in Philadelphia. In November 1955, Reverend William Smith was called as the first pastor of the new group of believers and a poorly constructed house with 3.4 acres of land was bought on Whealton Road in Hampton. Services were held in the existing building until September 1957, when it was decided to build a permanent sanctuary on the site. The new sanctuary was dedicated on June 7, 1959, with a record attendance of 156.

The next month, Reverend Smith was dismissed by the congregation for embarrassing conduct. He was replaced by Reverend Charles Gosling from St. Louis, Missouri, who served until July 1963 when he resigned to pursue a teaching ministry. The following October, Reverend Ken Wolf was extended a call to the pastorate which he accepted and served as pastor until 1973.

In that year, Reverend David Kiewiet replaced Reverend Wolf and served as senior pastor until he felt a call to pursue missionary work in Australia. In January 1985, he was replaced by, Kerry W. (“Pete”) Hurst who had previously served as senior pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church, a PCA church in Birmingham, Alabama. In April 1994, the church expanded its staff to include Reverend Byron Snapp as associate pastor. Pastor Snapp had been an associate pastor and Christian school principal at a church in Cedar Bluff, Virginia, until the school closed its doors. One of his initial duties at CRPC included serving as principal to the newly established Calvary Classical School which opened in the fall of 1995. The church continued to enjoy growth over the years and membership has increased from its modest roots to over 200 current members.

Three pastors of CRPC - Pete Hurst (1985-2012), Jeff Ferguson (2013-present), and Dave Kiewiet (1973-1984)

Three pastors of CRPC - Pete Hurst (1985-2012), Jeff Ferguson (2013-present), and Dave Kiewiet (1973-1984)

In January 2013, Jeff Ferguson was installed as the new senior and Pete Hurst assumed a part-time associate pastor role. He had previously served for ten years as a campus minister with Reformed University Fellowship, the denominational campus ministry of the PCA. Over the course of the next few years, the church experienced several staff changes with the retirements of Byron Snapp (2014) and Pete Hurst (2015). In recognition for the Lord's grace and provision to His church for so many years through Pete Hurst, the congregation elected him as a pastor emeritus upon his retirement. T.J. Schley, a recent graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC, was ordained and installed in June 2015 as the new full-time associate pastor.

May the Lord continue to use Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church to glorify His name!