We believe the Bible is the Word of God. We believe
the 66 canonical books of the Old and New Testaments were inspired by God. God
the Holy Spirit moved in and through the human authors to select the very words
and to produce the entire text while at the same time preserving the
individual style of each human author (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21).
We believe the Bible is God’s completed revelation
and that the original manuscripts were free from error. The Bible is wholly
true, accurate, and trustworthy and is the supreme and final authority in all
matters to which it speaks, whether ethical, moral, behavioral, doctrinal,
historical, geographic, or scientific. We believe an accurate understanding of
the Bible is arrived at through a literal, historical, grammatical, and
contextual interpretive process (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13).
believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, eternally existing in
three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is equal in every
divine quality and executes distinct but harmonious functions (Matthew 28:19;
John 1:1, 14, 18; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4–6).
God the Father
We believe in God
the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power,
and love. In His very essence (Genesis 1:1; John 4:24; 1 Chronicles
29:10-13), God is self-existent, eternal, and unchanging (Jeremiah 23:24; Psalm
90:2; Psalm 119:137). God is all-powerful and all-knowing and His perfect
knowledge extends to all things past, present, and future (Psalm 147:5; Isaiah
46:9,10; Hebrews 4:13). Although God detests evil, He is longsuffering and
compassionate toward sinful people (Psalm 116:5; Ephesians 2:4-7), He concerns
Himself in the affairs of men, He hears and answers prayer, and He saves from
sin and hell all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8-11; John
We believe that Jesus Christ is the incarnation of
God’s only eternal Son. God the Son has precisely the same nature, attributes,
and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that He
is not only perfect God, but perfect man (John 3:16; John 10:30; 1 John 5:20).
We believe Jesus Christ is one person with two
inseparable, yet wholly distinct, complete natures: one human and one divine.
Jesus as a man was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
Jesus Christ experienced genuine temptation but did not sin (Luke 1:31, 35;
Luke 2:6-7; Mark 1:13).
We believe Jesus
Christ rose from the dead in the same, yet glorified, body, in which He had
lived and died. Upon His ascension, He was received by His Father as the
ultimate assurance that His redeeming work was accomplished (Matthew 28:6-7;
Luke 24:37-39; Acts 1:9). He is presently seated at the right hand of God the
Father, where He is engaged in intercession on behalf of His people.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit and in His distinct
personality. He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.
His ministry glorifies Jesus Christ and implements Christ’s work of salvation
(Acts 5:3,4; John 16: 8-10).
believe the Holy Spirit regenerates (Titus 3), baptizes (1 Corinthians 12:13),
seals (Ephesians 1:13), and indwells (1 Corinthians 6:19) all believers,
securing them in Christ forever and empowering them for godly living and
service. Spiritual gifts are sovereignly given to all believers for the common
good of the church. No gift signifies His baptism or filling, nor does any gift
provide authoritative revelation beyond what has already been revealed in the
Holy Scriptures (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11).
The evidence of the Holy Spirit’s ministry is
demonstrated by the fruit of the Spirit and the building up of the body into
Christ-likeness (Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Galatians 5:22-24; Ephesians
4:12-16). Life in the Spirit includes trials and does not guarantee physical
health, material wealth, or confirming signs. "Sign gifts" (healings, miracles,
tongues, and interpretation of tongues) were given for the express purpose of
authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth and were not intended
to be characteristic of all believers (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2
Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:1-4).
We believe God
directly created the first man and first woman, Adam and Eve, in His own image
and free from sin. God created human beings as immortal, rational, and morally
responsible individuals. Humanity has been given the purpose to glorify God,
enjoy His fellowship, and accomplish His will on earth (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7;
We believe Adam sinned, and as a result,
all people are sinners by nature and choice, and are spiritually dead in their
relationship to God. Because sin is rooted in the core of their being, they are
totally incapable of being reconciled to God apart from divine grace (Genesis
3; Romans 5:12-21; 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:1-10).
We believe all people stand in need of the Savior, who alone can
address their spiritually dead condition. We believe those who repent of sin
and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit
and reconciled to God. We believe genuine saving faith should, and will be,
evidenced by a life of faith expressed through obedience to the Word and
righteous living, good works, and proper social concern (John 14:1-6; Romans
1:16-17; Titus 3:3-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 10:25-37).
We believe that all human life is sacred
and created by God in His image (Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13-15). Human life is
of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the
aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition
from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend,
protect, and value all human life.
We believe salvation is provided wholly by God’s grace and
received through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9).
We believe God the Father, by His love and grace, was in Christ,
reconciling the world to Himself by giving His only begotten Son as the sinless, substitutionary sacrifice for sinful
humanity. In the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, full payment was made for
the sins of the world and God’s perfect justice was satisfied (Colossians
1:19-20; Hebrews 10:12; 1 John 2:1-2; Titus 3:5; Galatians 2:6-8).
We believe personal salvation is
received through faith in the person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ alone,
apart from any human merit, deed, or ritual. Upon faith God justifies,
regenerates, redeems, forgives, and gives eternal life. God’s faithfulness
guarantees the eternal security of all true believers (Romans 8:1; 1 John 5:13;
John 6:47; John 10:27-30).
We believe in the New Testament Church, the spiritual body of Christ of which He is the
head. We believe the Church began on the Day of Pentecost and is comprised of
all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by
the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:13, 27; Romans 12:4-5; Acts
We believe the Universal Church is expressed in Local Churches
whose members have been baptized by immersion upon credible confession of faith
and associated themselves for worship, instruction, evangelism, and service.
Each believer has equal access to God and the responsibility to offer up
sacrifices, including self, praise, and possessions (1 Corinthians 1:2;
Galatians 1:2; 1 Peter 2:5).
We believe there are two ordinances for the local church:
believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:19;
Acts 19:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
We believe the Lord's Supper is a memorial to the death of Jesus
Christ. The elements of the Lord's Supper are symbols. There is no real
presence of Christ in them, nor is grace received through participation (1
We believe in the autonomy of each local church, while recognizing
the value of cooperation and interdependency. The leadership of the church is
responsible and accountable first to Jesus Christ as the Chief Shepherd, then
to the congregation as servants, overseeing in love and humility. We believe
only biblically qualified men are to serve in the position of pastor (Romans
15:25-27; 1 Peter 5:1-4; 1
Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-7).
Relationship With Government Agencies
We believe God in His wisdom has
ordained human government. God uses government as an instrument for promoting
good and punishing evil among those governed. The church is God’s instrument
for proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, calling people to
salvation, expressed through a life of faith and service. The church and State
are best served when citizens are free to faithfully “render to Caesar the
things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew
22:15-22; Romans 13:1-7).
We believe a person’s eternal
destiny is forever sealed by their acceptance or rejection, in this lifetime,
of Christ and His work on the cross. Believers will experience eternity in the
presence of God in Heaven. Unbelievers will be in Hell, a place of suffering
and loss, eternally separated from the presence of God (Luke 16:19-31; John
3:16; John 14:1-3; Matthew 10:28).
We believe in
the personal return of Jesus Christ in the air for His Church and in the
pre-millennial coming of Jesus Christ to the earth with His saints to establish
His kingdom on earth. After this, Christ will establish His eternal kingdom,
where believers will live with Him forever (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation
20:1-2; Revelation 21:1-4).
Marriage and Sexuality
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one
meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God, which joins one genetic male and
one genetic female in a single, exclusive union as delineated in Scripture. We
believe that righteous living includes adherence to the establishment of
marriage by God (Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:4-6) as a lifelong covenantal
relationship between one genetic male and one genetic female (Romans 7:2).
Therefore, we can neither condone nor recognize “same-sex marriages,” civil
unions, or domestic partnerships, even if any or all of the international,
federal, state, or local governments and/or governing bodies pass laws
concerning their recognition of such unions (Leviticus 18:22-23; 1 Corinthians
6:9-11; Romans 1:18-32).
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to
only occur between a genetic male and a genetic female who are married to each
other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be
engaged in outside of a marriage between a genetic male and a genetic female
We believe that any form of sexual immorality
such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality,
incest, pornography, cross-dressing or any attempt to change one’s sex, or
disagreement with one’s genetically determined sex, is sinful and offensive to
We believe that in order to preserve the function
and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ and to provide a
biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative
that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as
volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement of Faith, specifically
including this statement on Marriage and Sexuality, and conduct themselves
We believe that God offers redemption and
restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and
forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
We believe that every person must be afforded
compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing
behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and
are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church.
Statement of Biblical Authority
This statement of faith does not exhaust the
extent of our faith. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of
God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper
conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For
purposes of church doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of
Deacons is the church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and
Calvary Baptist Church is part of Southwest Church Connection. You can find out more about SWCC at swchurchconnection.org
Ken Demeter, Senior Pastor, brings a wealth of experience to the position of senior pastor. He has degrees from Azusa Pacific University and Talbot Theological Seminary. Pastor Ken has experience with youth, families, counseling, discipleship, and missions. His Biblical and practical sermons provide the inspiration for spiritual growth, family strength, and Christ-centered worship. Pastor Demeter resides in Wickenburg, AZ, with his lovely and gracious wife Lori.
A note from 1970, on our church history...
On October 1, 1961, a new Baptist Church was begun under the leadership of Rev. Bert Follmar. Services were held in the American Legion Hall, and the first Sunday there were 22 people present.
Our first Wednesday prayer service met on July 11, 1962, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. W.D. Simpson. These were blessed times and we saw many miraculous answers to our prayers.
On May 6, 1962, an organizational meeting was held in the Legion Hall following a fine potluck dinner. At this meeting the church officially received the name of Calvary Baptist Church of Wickenburg. Rev. Bert Follmar was asked to continue as Pastor. Application was made to affiliate with the Arizona Baptist Convention and the C.B. [Conservative Baptists] of America. The first church officers were elected. Board of Deacons elected were Dick Savage, Jim Mickelson, Emil Barentine and W.B. Thomas. Church clerk Florence Thompson, Treasurer Katherine Barentine, Trustees Willis Estes, R. Shannon, Paul Carter, and W.D. Simpson. Dr. C.I. Tucker brought a challenging message to the new church.
In September of 1962 land was purchased from Dr. Brailliar for a church building. On October 19, 1962, Calvary Baptist Church became incorporated. The incorporators were Emil Barentine and W.D. Simpson.
Our first missionary speaker was the Rev. R. Phillips of Hong Kong.
Baptisms were held in various places such as the First Baptist Church of Glendale, Youngtown and the Flying E Ranch.
On Sunday afternoon, July 24, 1963, a potluck dinner and business meeting were held and Bert Follmar was called to pastor full time beginning September 1963. July 25th he resigned his teaching position and that same afternoon left on vacation in Canada. Bert and his wife Marjorie moved to Wickenburg in August to begin full time duties.
We had many blessed days in the Legion hall and many humorous incidents, such as cleaning the Legion hall early Sunday morning and placing pans in the areas where the rain came through the roof. At times the jukebox in the bar at the other end of the Legion hall became so loud we had to sing louder and our special speaker of this particular Sunday had to speak louder. Incidentally the speaker was Dr. Moffitt.
The Women’s Missionary Society organized on September 26, 1963, and have been very active working for our missionary families both home and abroad.
The planning committee of February 2, 1964, was dissolved and reinstated in June to form the building committee, consisting of Ted DeVries, H. Anderson, Dolph and Elzbeth Simpson, Vern Sien, Ed and Faith Krieble.
On October 11, 1964, a ground breaking ceremony was held and Al Barber and Dr. C.I. Tucker participated.
The big brass bell which you hear ringing out telling you it is time for services was donated to us by the Santa Fe Railway.
We will all remember the first wedding held in the church. The builders were not quite through and the ladies were trying to clean up and prepare for this occasion in which Mac Nixon and Sherri Shannon were to be wed in January, 1965.
The dedication held on February 28, 1965, was a big day for those who had engaged in this venture of faith. The building was dedicated to the preaching of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, beginning at Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria then to the uttermost part of the earth; for conversion of lost sinners and for the edification of the Saints. Dr. Claude Moffitt was guest speaker and Mr. V. Goodwin was soloist. Special recognition was given to Dolph Simpson and Vernon Sien, the contractors who gave of themselves in this labor of love, and to the members and friends for their many labors, prayers and gifts.
On September the 6th of the year 1970, the mortgage on the church building was burned.
We thank the Lord for His goodness to us, for His faithfulness to us and the many blessings which he has bestowed upon this people. This year has been one of spiritual reviving among our people. Many souls have been saved, baptized and many have rededicated their lives to the Lord. The Lord has blessed in giving talented leadership in all areas of the church. There has been such growth that additional space had to be rented for Sunday school rooms.
We are trusting that in the days that lie ahead that the Lord will continue to pour out His blessings upon this church and the congregation will continue to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ.