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

 

So we seek to obey Jesus' Great Commission to His Church where we are:

People: All people were created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. The call to follow Jesus is not limited to any particular nation or race, for we are tasked to engage the people of all nations with the Good News of Who Jesus is and What He has done for us. The Gospel tears down the walls of hostility that would divide people and unites them together in Christ. This connects with the “go” of the Great Commission.

Truth: The Good News of Jesus is the power of God for the salvation of people. The Church, then, is called to teach everything Jesus has commanded, the whole Gospel. We are called to equip believers to grow in Christ, learning to understand and live out the totality of the Word of God. We are called to bear witness to non-Christians what all of Scripture says about the Lord of Glory and the life He calls us to live. This connects to the “teach” of the Great Commission.

Community: The Church is central to God’s work of redemption in this world. This is what baptism signifies: entrance into the covenant community of faith, the Body of Christ. As a particular part of this visible church, Calvary is called to live out the Gospel in love for God and neighbor. Whether her members are assembled as a church family or scattered to their lives and vocations, CRPC seeks to bear witness to the love of Jesus in all our relationships. This connects to the “baptize” of the Great Commission.


These core values lead us to focus on ever improving in our:

Discipleship: As servants of Christ, our whole being is governed by His rule: our speech, our families, our jobs, our finances, our politics, etc. He is the Great King who is bringing about His purposes for this world, and He calls us to be a part of that work. We want to learn to live out the grace and Lordship of Christ in all of life.

Evangelism: Though God created the world in holiness, righteousness, and truth, mankind’s fall into sin and rebellion shattered that beauty. The Good News is that Jesus has not only redeemed His people from sin, but He will also restore all things in Himself. Our church longs to have an outward face to see how we might point people to Jesus and serve Him in our community.


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 summarizes the activities we prioritize as a church family:

Worship: All people were created to glorify and enjoy God forever. God’s person and work should leave us amazed. He is worthy of praise! 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 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 officers or informally as members minister to others.

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

Together: We devote ourselves to these things not as disconnected individuals, but as a particular community of faith committed to encouraging one another as we spur one another on towards love and good deeds.

 

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 University 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

Joelle Nalls
Church Administrator & 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
Matt Erichsen
Dale Gray
Gary Grant
Caleb Hurst
Mark Kroll (Sabbatical)
Tony McGee
Ray Paredez, Chairman
Van Rhodes, Secretary
Jim Rogers

Elders

Jeff Ferguson, Moderator
Joe Sawanowich, Clerk
Arden Dahl
Dave Mericle
Scott Mericle
Dave Parker
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!