About Us
OUR MISSION:

Lead all people to become devoted
followers of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20)
 
By Reaching Up
"God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24)
 
By Reaching After
"if anyone would come after me (Christ), he must deny himself and take up his cross
daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23b)
 
By Reaching In
"Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." (1 John 4:11)
 
By Reaching Out
"Day after day...they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus
is the Christ." (Acts 5:42)
 
By Reaching To
"...the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a
ransom for many." (Matthew 20:28)
 
 
OUR HERITAGE:
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In 1967, a small group of Christians began meeting in the home of a layman in the
Strathmore section of Matawan, NJ. The group was led by Jesse Dilday, Missions
Committee Chairman of Monmouth Baptist Church, Eatontown, NJ. With financial
assistance from the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, we were
able to call our first Mission Pastor, Jack Kinney. We moved our meetings into the
Strathmore Elementary School and named the group: Calvary Baptist Mission. Within a
year we purchased the property at the corner of Lloyd Road and Church Street, where
we now gather., The property consisted of a three-bedroom brick house and a two-car
garage. Worship services were held in the expanded garage and the entire house was
used for education purposes. These facilities were a much better environment for
teaching and sharing God's Word. They offered immediate growth potential, but
presented real limits for future numerical growth.

In the fall of 1968, we called Jon F. Meek, Jr as our first full-time pastor. Pastor Meek
led us into constituting the Mission as a Church on September 21, 1969. He left after
two years to become Missions Director of the Baptist Convention of New York. Jerry
Scruggs served as Interim Pastor followed by Bob Sanderson who served as Pastor
for seven months in 1971.

Pastor Bill Caine served from 1971 to 1977. Under his leadership, in 1974 we began a
Mission in Colts Neck, constituted as Colts Neck Baptist Church, now known as Colts
Neck Community Church. In partnership with Colts Neck, we went on to plant another
congregation in Howell, NJ. In 1977, we participated in "Here's Life, America," an
evangelistic campaign which greatly enriched our fellowship through the harvest of new
believers and training in evangelism.

Elmer Volgelsang became Pastor in 1977, and led us to a new level of discipleship
and deeper commitment. Through the faithful leadership of Bill Townsend and Roger
Menefee and with the help of "Builders for Christ," Calvary Baptist Church and 81
members of First Baptist Church (FBC), Columbus, Mississippi, erected our present
worship, fellowship and education facility, in just two weeks. This "miracle" amazed the
community and drew many to visit Calvary. In 1981 thirty members of CBC journeyed to
Columbus to help the Miracle Builders of FBC build their new educational building.
Under Pastor Vogelsang's ministry, the church grew greatly in numbers and in love. Our
expanded two-car garage became a Youth Building, where Wednesday evening Youth
activities and Sunday Bible School youth classes are held. The Brick House continued
to be used to supplement the educational space in the main building until 2010.
In July of 1982,

Jon F. Meek, Jr., returned to begin serving as Interim Pastor and in February 1983, he
was called to be our Pastor for the second time. In July of 1983, Timothy R.
Wommack began serving as our Minister of Education, Singles and Youth for 18
months. Michael D. Walston was called as Associate Pastor/Minister of Education, in
November of 1986, and served until June of 1989.

We called Pastor Melvin O. Bryant Brown II (Mel), to be our Minister of Youth and
Outreach in June of 1991; he served for three years. In December of that same year,
Jon Meek accepted a position with a church in North Carolina. John Barbee, a chaplain
at Fort Monmouth, shared the preaching responsibility with Deacons Jack Randow and
Sid Vanderland in the interim, until Jason Brown was called to be Pastor of CBC in
1994. Pastor Brown served until the fall of 1997.

Steven Oswalt was called by CBC to be our Pastor In the spring of 1998 and served till
2002. During this same period Andrew (Andy) Arnette was called to serve as youth
pastor from 1999 through 2001, after which he and his wife Amy Beth were called to
serve as missionaries in Southeast Asia.

Kenneth Bledsoe (Ken) was called to begin his ministry as Senior Pastor here in
March 2004. Joshua Keeran (Josh) was called to serve as the Youth Pastor the
following year. In these years, the first Praise Team was formed to lead in worship
under the leadership of Bob Vignes. Pastor Ken served faithfully at CBC for 15 years,
teaching and preaching the Word and equipping the body, until he was called to be
pastor of a church at Big Island, VA in November 2018. Through these years, CBC
continued a close association with Solutions Health and Pregnancy Center, inspired by
the leadership of Lorrie Erli, who was the Executive Director at Solutions
for many years.
 
Pastor Ken led us in reaching out into the community, caring for others in crisis
in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, summer meetings in the local parks, partnership
with Athletes in Action to bring the good news of Jesus to our neighbors through soccer
clinics, and ministries to The Willows nursing home and other shut-ins. Pastor Josh led
the church in ministry both to and by the youth of Calvary: providing discipleship and
training in the WORD youth group; opportunities for growth and fellowship at retreats
like Camp of the Woods and for ministry through Mission-Fuge in Philadelphia, PA;
involvement in church ministries like Vacation Bible School and outreach events;
participation in the Operation Shoebox ministry of Samaritan’s Purse; and the beginning
of our AWANA program. Pastor Josh went to be at home with the Lord in February
2020, and he is dearly missed.

In the time between pastors, capable laymen and other pastors from sister churches
continued to lead Calvary Baptist Church in furthering the Gospel and in growth in
spiritual maturity. Notable among them was George Russ who served as interim pastor
from 2002 to March, 2004, and David Persson, Director of NJNet, who was called to
serve as our Interim Pastor in January 2019, and still serves in that capacity today.

Calvary has been a faithful supporter of missions: directing a tithe of its offerings to the
Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention; faithfully partnering in the
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering that support
missions work at home and abroad. Under Pastor Meek's leadership, Calvary
sponsored four foreign language mission groups: Arabic, Korean, Philippine, and
Spanish-speaking. Calvary also provided a temporary home for the Chinese Christian
Fellowship before they moved to their own facility. Other local mission projects supported by
Calvary have included the Bowery Mission, Graffiti's Free-Lunch-in-thePark
(both in New York City) and the Helping Hand Pregnancy and Post-Abortion
Counseling Center in Shrewsbury (now called Solutions Pregnancy and Health Center).
We currently participate in the Matawan Food Pantry ministry with other local churches.

Calvary has benefitted greatly from a strong emphasis on studying and applying God’s
Word. Sunday morning Bible study program with classes serve the needs of babies
through adults. Through the leadership of lay leader Barbara Stinson, the Thursday
Morning Women's Bible Study and monthly luncheon was begun. Suzanne Parmelee
reinvigorated the women’s Bible study and discipleship group in the still active Tree-ofLife format,
now led by Barbara Outcault and Laura Abrahamsen. An evening Bible
study provides mid-week opportunities for fellowship and Biblical encouragement for
men. Wednesday evening “Family Night” was started in 1987; A reasonably priced
dinner was served, followed by activities for all age groups: Royal Ambassadors for
boys, Girls-in-Action for girls, and Mission Friends for preschool boys and girls, Youth
Group Bible Study, Youthworks Drama group, God's Lovin' Hands puppeteers led by
Ann Benson, and Prayer Meeting for adults, over the years.

Calvary's music ministry is a generous gift of the Father to this body, one in which our
members have willingly shared through solos, duets, trios, and quartets, the Choralaires
(ladies ensemble), the Preschool, Children, Youth and Adult choirs, instrumentals, and
now, our Praise Team worship ministry. Suzanne Parmelee has long been a gifted
and faithful lay leader in this ministry.

CBC celebrated our 50th Anniversary in September 2019 with a Family Fun Day of
outreach activities offered to our Aberdeen and Matawan neighbors, followed by times
of praise and worship; sharing of memories; and fellowship dinners. The personal
testimonies of many members of CBC were recorded in a video presentation, Jesus
Makes All the Difference, produced by Nadine Abbott and David Lunde, and which is
available at the calvaryaberdeen.org website.
 

OUR VISION:

From a group of twenty in 1969, to a membership of over 300 in the 1980s to a reduced
size in the 2000s, Calvary’s numerical growth is far surpassed by its spiritual growth.
This is reflected in the hundreds who over the years, have come to a saving knowledge
of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the more than two dozen members who have
committed their lives to full-time professional Christian service.

The ministries we’re involved in reflect the love we have for one another which is rooted
in love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with
all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your
hearts to God. And whatever you do, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:15-17
 
 
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