Our History

On June 26, 1953, Hiawatha Land Independent Baptist Missions (now Continental Baptist Missions) began a new work in Wakefield. On this date, Paul King and his family moved to Wakefield to begin the church.

In late July, several children from the area began attending a Bible club. In August, a number of families began attending a Thursday night Bible study. This was held at Pastor King’s home. Soon, the meeting outgrew the home, and the first services of the church were held on the second floor of City Hall.

In August of 1954, construction began at the current location of the church. Work continued through the winter, and the first service was held in the new building on June 5, 1955.

The church was incorporated on July 12, 1955. In August of 1956, a charter list of members was established and the church was organized as a Baptist Church.

On February 27, 1957, the church voted to enter fellowship with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, in which it continues to this day. Later that spring, the church adopted its doctrinal statement and hosted a recognition council, in which other Upper Peninsula Baptist pastors affirmed that Calvary Baptist Church was a Baptist church of like faith and practice.