Calvary Community Church

Our History

Early History

In the 1960's a group of people out of Bethel Pentecostal Church (now known as Parkwood Gospel Temple) started Riverside Evangel Tabernacle on Wyandotte St. E.  They started out as an independent church, then later the members voted to join with The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

I don't have the names of all the pastors, but do know that Rev. Bill Bond, then Rev. Ritchie Hayward served just prior to Pastor Don Rogers coming in March 1974.

The Charismatic renewal was very prominent in those days and lots of folk hungry for God and charismatic worship began attending. We soon outgrew our facilities and moved to St. Rose school, just a block away.  During those days we hired a church consulting firm to guide us through the search for property and the building of a new facility. Mrs Eva (Wagner) Woods became our Christian Education Director, then Les began attending the Windsor University and became our Youth Pastor as well.

Property was purchased on Lesperance Rd. and during construction, we rented and shared the Riverside United Church.  Sunday service began at 12:30 pm and lasted until 2 pm.  Attendance continued to grow. The United Church had lots of classroom space as well as a gym where the children and youth could have their activities.

We dedicated the new facility in December of 1977.  As growth continued, we soon required more classroom space, so purchased two portable classrooms, place back of the church.  We then began also to rent classroom space at a school in Tecumseh.  The church bus would wait at the church for the children to arrive, then bus them to the school.

The original master plan showed an educational wing, but we were growing faster than we could handle financially so that was the reason for using temporary arrangements for educational space.

The Rogers left in 1981 for health reasons.  They went to serve as Associate Pastor in Belleville Ontario along with Rev. Hugh Munro.

Pastors who have served Riverside Evangel and later; Calvary...
Unknown before this
Rev. Bill Bond
Rev. Ritchie Hayward
Rev. Don R. Rogers
Rev. Dan Hembrey
Rev. Paul Filsinger
Rev. Ira Leach
Rev. Dave Senko
Rev. Martin Froelich
Rev. Don R. Rogers