Calvary Baptist Church of Meadville began with the merger of two small churches in the Meadville area. Calvary Baptist Church of Kerrtown and the Meadville Gospel Center united on July 16, 1953, to form Calvary Baptist Church of Meadville.
Under the leadership of her first Pastor, Roy T. Plank, Calvary of Meadville experienced encouraging growth. In his 22 years, attendance rose to over 500, the church building was improved and expanded, and Calvary Baptist Christian Academy was launched in September of 1968. Pastor Plank went home to be with his Savior suddenly in June of 1974.
In December 1974 the church called Rev. E. Keith Moore as senior pastor. The growing needs of the church were also met by calling Rev. William Townsend as assistant pastor in July of 1976, Rev. Terry Bachur as educational pastor (principal) in October of 1977, and Pastor Dave Maitland as youth pastor in December of 1977.
After Pastor Moore stepped down in 1982, Pastor Townsend served as interim senior pastor through June of 1985. The church experienced decline as permanent leadership continued to be sought.
Dr. Ralph G. Colas began his ministry as senior pastor in June of 1985. Pastor Colas resigned January 15, 1993, taking the position as executive director for both the American Council of Christian Churches (ACCC) and the World Council of Biblical Churches (WCBC).
On June 6, 1993, Pastor Townsend once again assumed the title of interim senior pastor.
Pastor Doug Messerall was called in August of 1993 and arrived with his family (Patty, Julie, Jennifer, and Jessica) in October of 1993 to assume the role of senior pastor.
During Pastor Messerall’s ministry at Calvary, God continued to strengthen His church. CBCA was revitalized due to a clarifying of its mission. The church’s support of foreign missions was reinvigorated, and the church has seen many of its own participate part-time and vocationally. The church has given more than ever to those in need in the community through the Compassion Fund and Charis Cupboard. The church finances have been stabilized, and the facilities have been responsibly maintained.
Pastor Messerall led the church through a change from senior pastor leadership to plural elder leadership. In March 2010 the church called Chris Adsit, Paul Buettell, Tim Cox, and Bill Mattocks to serve alongside Pastor Messerall as the first lay pastors. Jeff Bowersox was called by the church in December 2011.
Pastor Messerall was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2010 and began to pray about future ministry. God began to lead his heart toward the development of a counseling center to help the spiritually needy in Meadville. In the fall of 2013, Pastor Messerall told the church that he planned to resign effective June 1, 2014, to begin this new endeavor. In June 2014 the Calvary Biblical Counseling Center was launched.
Calvary was faithfully led by the lay pastors while the pulpit committee continued to search for a new senior pastor. God led the committee to call Brian Rathbun to serve as an interim pastor for the remainder of 2014.
In October 2014 Calvary called Tim Jordan to serve as its senior pastor. Pastor Tim, his wife Dana, and his four children (Ryan, Kylie, Claire, and Ethan) moved to Meadville in January 2015 and began to serve.
Currently, Calvary is led by pastors Chris Adsit, Chris Loveland, Doug Messerall, and Tim Jordan.