The New Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
On October 5, 1980, in the home of the late Reverend Alton Johnson Moore and his lovely wife, twenty-two soldiers for Christ organized as a church. After great cogitating, a name was created for this our new establishment, "The New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church".
The New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church was officially organized on October 12, 1980 at the New Guide Missionary Baptist Church, located at 3521 Dennis St. Houston, Texas under the leadership and guidance of Reverend Joe P. Hubbard, Sr. who served as moderator along with the late Reverend John Richardson, Pastor of the First Outreach Missionary Baptist Church.
Worship services were held in the home of Pastor and Sis Moore’s for approximately two months, when the Lord blessed us with our present facilities. Reverend Moore was officially installed as pastor of the flock on April 26, 1981. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the newly formed church grew both spiritually and numerically. Through December 1999 there were 314 members who united, 143 baptism's 16 new births, 5 ordained deacons and 3 ordained ministers, the major purchased of four properties, and the organization of The New Mt Calvary Ministries, Community Development Corp. Inc. but God was not through with us yet.
Entering into a new millennium January 1, 2000, the Lord called our founding Pastor Alton J. Moore was called from labor to rest. What devastation we thought we would face going forward with not Shepherd in place. Who would lead the flock with the Christian values and morality as did our last. So, we begin our search outside for a new leader, But God had already begun his work on the inside. March 2000, just three months later God raise up one of our own Deacon Ronald Smith confess his call to the ministry of our Lord and Savior. On April 21th Rev. Smith 1) preached his first sermon 2) was called to pastor the church and 3) ordained as Pastor. With man, things seem impossible, but with God all things are possible. And God is not through with us yet.
God answers the prayers of His people and the son of our late pastor begins his reign with the same spiritual tenacity that he himself had been taught by both a spiritual father and his earthly father. God sent a Pastor who had a heart for the people, a longing for ministry, and the capacity to preach, teach and to reach. In just a short time God, through the leadership of Pastor Smith, had taken the Church back to the basics and a higher level of ministry. Most recently two new services were added to our worship schedule, eight o’clock worship on Sunday morning and for one hour a noon day service “Wednesday in the Word”. Because of our great leadership here at Calvary, God has added numerous members, countless baptisms, the purchase of a 25 passenger bus, an additional van, the purchases of 4 additional properties, one of which is a 3600 sq. ft office/educational building, had provided a place of refuge for those affected by both Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and have become engaged in the vast society social media that is used as tools to win souls to Christ.
It has been 20 years since the loss of our founding pastor and the beginning reign of our current pastor. The last 20 years has led into the technology age, whereas we have learned to use social media to reach the unreachable with the Word of God with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. God has continuously blessed this church as we have also purchased two additional properties. Everything seemed to be going fine until we have come to the year 2020. The year that marks the beginning of our 40th year in our journey. At the beginning it looked like it was going to be a good year. We celebrated a mortgage burning in January, shared Family and Friends day with our closest in the beginning of March and then it happened. Yes, the Corona Virus, Covid 19, or as our president calls it the China flu. A time where many churches had to shut its doors to prevent the furtherance of its spread among the people. The church still feels the blunt of the pandemic with the absentee of our members, but Pastor Smith and The New Mt Calvary Church never stopped coming even until this very day. This gives us a good reason to Worship God in Spirit and truth. The Music never stopped playing the choir never stopped singing the deacons never stopped praying and Pastor Smith never stopped preaching. It is especially important to remember that what the devil means for bad, God has the power to turn it around for our good. What else could the church have to face in 2020, but the difficulty of seeing our sanctuary literally destroyed by the senseless act of a young man having a bad day. It did not stop the Pastor from continuing to hold service even if it had to be held outside in the rain. Now if Covid-19 did not cause Pastor to shut the doors, this accident would either.
On the other hand, the pastor and this church has been committed to building ministries and serving the community. And this month mark the beginning of the next level. The groundbreaking and erection of a Veterans Housing project to be completed in three phases. Followed by a tentative plan to reconstruct and or remodel the sanctuary.
Forty years can only be appreciated by the offering of our prayer, praise, and worship in the appreciation of the things that God has done, is doing and will do in the future.
As we move to the next level we will band together as quoted from Philippians 3:14, I press toward the mark for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. You or I don’t have a heaven or hell to give anyone, but we can assume the responsible to teach and train the next generations the ways of Christ, without animosity and the degradation of those who serve with us.
Some of us will not be here in the next forty years so, so let the record show that we honor the legacy that has been left by the founding pastor and previous generations and we commit to use the examples to live a good wholesome Christian life that is not measured by your standards but by the very words of God.
We would normally end our yearly history by saying, “God is not through with us yet”, but now a new beginning to remember is this: Phil. 1:6 says, “We are confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
While amid a world pandemic and after witnessing a horrifying assault to our sanctuary, we did not become disheartened but realized the work in God’s kingdom had to continue. When the community stopped coming to church, the church went to the community Through a consorted effort under the guidance of our pastor Rev. Smith over 150,000 pounds of beef, 125,000 pounds of chicken, weekly snacks, vegetables, milk, and school supplies, was distributed to families who at this time were out of work, and school. Thus giving a new motto: A Church With The Community At Heart.
The work has already begun on a new sanctuary, and it could not have been done without the help of numerous pastors and their congregations across the city of Houston and spanning as far as Massachusetts. As we continue to press toward the mark of a higher calling, we are more encouraged to walk with Jesus, to live for him, though trails may come he gives a new song, we are encouraged to stay with the Lord.