Pastoral Search Team and other Updates

Calvary and The Church at Hamilton family,

As announced in the Sunday services, Jim Visser is the chair of the Search Team. This team is currently being finalized and will be commissioned and prayed over during the Thanksgiving Praise service on Sunday, November 19.

We will have a special offering for the Haggai Project during the Thanksgiving Praise service on November 19 at both campuses. This is a project still in process, as we renovate and update our facilities. The Church at Hamilton campus was able to be renovated over a year ago now because of funds raised through the Haggai Project. We believe the Lord would have us finish this project before a new pastor is in place. Let's join together and complete this project!

New roles and responsibilities have become a reality during this transition. We want the congregation to know well that all of our staff and leadership are available to you during this time. We invite you to communicate with the church office any needs you may have, counseling you may need, or conversation you may want to have with one of our pastors. Moving forward, Pastor Trent will be serving as the "acting lead pastor." Pastor Dean has come on board as our Executive Pastor. We will be officially installing him during the service on Sunday, November 19. Pastor Ben will continue serving as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor, while assuming a more present and greater role as the Campus Pastor at The Church at Hamilton.

One of our great needs at this time is unity and time together. Answering the call of that need, we are going to resume having one service at Calvary starting December 3. We will still be having Equipping U and Sunday school classes during the 9:00am time period, with the one service at 10:30am.

We invite you to use this as an opportunity to reconnect with those whom you may have lost contact with due to attending different services, and an opportunity to get even more plugged in to the community here.

What this means for The Church at Hamilton is live preaching! Starting December 3 we will be offering live preaching in Hamilton. We believe this will enhance our ability to minister well in the Hamilton community.

One last point of update is we will be hosting our annual business meeting on December 10. This meeting will take place at both campuses following their respective services. If you are a member of Calvary Baptist Church or The Church at Hamilton please plan to stay after the service on December 10 for this brief meeting.

1 I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth
2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, 
and let us exalt his name together
-Psalm 34:1-3

 

Welcome to the Team!

Calvary and The Church at Hamilton Family,

It is our desire through this transition to communicate well and clearly. There will be many decisions to make, changes that will come, and opportunities for miscommunication. This blog is going to be the hub for new information and communication during the search process. With that in mind we would like to tell you about a new member coming on board with us.

A couple months back when Pastor Ed and Tina transitioned to serving in Israel, we began a search for a new Executive Pastor. Our Leadership Council met in September and approved a candidate that our staff and pastors have since offered the job to. 

We would like to welcome Pastor Dean Parham to our pastoral team! Dean is coming on staff as our Executive Pastor. The plan is to formally call him to the role and commission him through the laying on of hands during the service on November 12. In the meantime, you are sure to see Dean and his wife Linda walking around the halls at Calvary and The Church @ Hamilton. Extend a hand of greeting and take some time to get to know Dean and his family.

Learn more about Pastor Dean and his wife Linda.

Dear Calvary and The Church @ Hamilton Family

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

For as long as I have been part of Calvary (over 20 years now) and The Church @ Hamilton, we have been a missions-minded church. We have prayed for the world; we have supported missionaries, sent out missionaries and missions teams, and hosted critical missions events. God is now giving us a new opportunity to continue this legacy.

While serving our church, I have for the last several years also served on the board of ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism), a powerful missions organization supporting 900+ missionaries in more than 70 countries. Calvary supports several missionaries serving through ABWE.

This last weekend, the Board of ABWE asked me to become their next president.

As Martha and I thought and prayed over this opportunity, we realized we have sensed God’s hand of preparation for something like this. From the beginning of our marriage, Martha and I have served the Lord through the American church, but we always expressed to the Lord that we would be open to missions if he ever called us. Several times we even sought the Lord about this. Only now has God opened a door we felt we had to walk through.

Martha and I have decided to accept the role of ABWE President as a call from the Lord to serve him, be a light to the nations, proclaim Christ, and encourage Great Commission participation around the globe.

While it will be hard to stay connected to Calvary and TC@H from a distance, it is our desire to not “leave” but rather to be sent out and launched from Calvary, perhaps as a unique extension of her missionary family. With this hope, on Sunday October 15th we will begin the several-week transition process from Lead Pastor of Calvary to President of ABWE.

God has prepared our church as he has prepared us for this next season and I am convinced that God will continue to abound in supplying leaders in and for our transition. He has always proved faithful and gracious to our church.

We have deeply loved our 20+ years serving the Lord here and ask that you might pray for us as we will pray for you. We leave with nothing but joyful memories and hearts filled with anticipation to see how God will supply our every need.

 

With a deep and abiding love,

Pastor Paul & Martha Davis