Calvary Fellowship will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2019, having been established as a Southern Baptist congregation by the Texas Secretary of State on May 19, 1949. It has remained at the same location on Cavitt Ave. for its entire history. From its beginnings in an Army barracks, Calvary has been steady in its leadership, with only 7 pastors in its 70-year history. The current pastor, the Rev. Ray Spradling, has been on the church staff for more than 30 years, becoming pastor in 2015.Major renovations in 1953, 1965 and 1995 have kept the physical plant up-to-date.
REV. RAY SPRADLING, PASTOR
Ray Spradling has been on staff at Calvary Fellowship since 1988, serving as associate pastor until becoming pastor in 2015. A native of Roswell, NM, he is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University and holds the Master of Arts in Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as associate pastor at University Baptist Church in Wichita, Kans., before coming to Calvary Fellowship.
Ray’s wife, Janabeth, is a speech-language pathologist with Robertson County Special Services Cooperative, and they have two children: Ben Spradling of Tacoma, Wash., and Melanie Karns of College Station.
PAIGE KELLER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Paige has been on the Calvary Fellowship staff since October 2015. She grew up in the Texas Panhandle but graduated from high school in College Station. She earned the Bachelor of Science degree in recreation, park and tourism sciences from Texas A&M University.
She is a Certified Event Planner and spends her weekends as an event coordinator.
GARY & CINDY BALMAIN
After serving 10 years as international missionaries in Argentina, it was a natural fit for Gary and Cindy Balmain to join the staff of Calvary Fellowship in 2015 to serve as Missions Pastor on a part-time basis. It was also natural for them to launch the church’s program to offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to both members and nonmembers. Today the program assists an average of 12-15 attendees not only to learn to speak English but has even helped participants earn their U.S. citizenship.
“Calvary Fellowship is just a very loving church that opens itself up to diversity – not only ethnically but also to people with a wide range of faith backgrounds. We have some who had not previously been churchgoers but who are very comfortable here. That’s just the kind of church this is.”
Maria Aquino emigrated to the U.S. from Guatemala in 2003 and could not speak English at all. Thanks to the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Calvary Fellowship, not only is she now bilingual, the church helped her become an American citizen on May 24, 2018. She and husband Jose have a daughter, Tania. She has been attending Calvary Fellowship for more than a year and a half.
Spanish is my first language, but I wanted to learn English. My grandmother and grandfather taught me about Christ before I left my country. I came to this church because the people are kind and God sent me here. I’m still struggling with the language, but I am where God wants me to be. I am so thankful for the program that has helped me learn.
BOBBY AND BARBARA LEBOW
The Lebows have been members of Calvary Fellowship for more than 45 years. After moving to Bryan shortly after their marriage in 1971, they settled at Calvary in 1973. They have been mainstays of the church ever since. They are active in children’s Sunday School, Bible Study Fellowship, and community outreach, including The Bridge food pantry.
When we were looking for a church home, there weren’t many small churches, so Calvary proved to be the perfect size. It was in our neighborhood, and the people were so welcoming. It’s the people who have kept us here and it felt like the Lord wanted is to be here. We’ve moved since then, and we now drive 20-25 minutes to be here, so it’s not as convenient as it was then. But this is were we need and want to be.
Shadell is a speech pathologist with Bryan ISD, who came to Calvary Fellowship at the invitation of Janabeth Spradling, a coworker and spouse of pastor Ray Spradling, more than 5 years ago. She moved to Bryan more than 25 years ago from Louisiana. After visiting for about a year she decided to join the congregation and now serves on the Finance and Missions committees. She brings grandson Ashton to Wednesday night activities.
Janabeth invited me to visit. I came here to learn more about God and I fell in love with my church family and the atmosphere. We have always felt welcome. I love what we do here – Wednesday night Bible study and the fellowship we have together after church. It’s the perfect place for me.
Hunter is a student at Texas A&M University, studying psychology with plans to pursue a master’s degree in mental health counseling at a seminary and become a Licensed Professional Counselor. He grew up in Rowlett, Texas. After attending other churches early in his college career, he landed at Calvary Fellowship for the opportunity to work with youth.
I have been involved with Baptist Student Ministries at A&M, particularly coordinating Bible study. I came to Calvary for the opportunity to work with youth. The people here are awesome – this is really a great place to be if you want to see the Lord at work. He puts new people in our path and it’s great to be able to shar Jesus with them. I feel like this is definitely where I should be.
“DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERY SITUATION, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD. AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS.”
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