Our History

Calvary Baptist Church, located at 1370 Calvary Church Road in Gainesville, Georgia, was constituted on Saturday, September 19, 1896, in the Simpson Schoolhouse situated across the road from the present-day location. The original congregation of twenty-two charter members elected Rev. Andrew B. Brownlow (1865 – 1936) to serve as pastor. They named James Henson “Uncle Jeems” Simpson (1844 – 1924) and James William Trotline Emmett (1844 – 1900) to serve as deacons. Calvary became a member of the Chattahoochee Baptist Association on October 9, 1896, twenty days after being organized. The original Church building, completed in 1898, was replaced by the current structure in 1963. Thirty-two pastors and sixty-one deacons have served the Church to date. Currently there are seventy active members and several frequent attendees. In addition to traditional Sunday School and Sunday morning worship services the Church has a thriving music program, AWANA, Wednesday evening youth activities, annual VBS, and streaming service on Sunday morning.

Andrew B. Brownlow
Original Church Building
Original Church Building