Calvary Baptist Church

 

               

                 It is with grateful acknowledgment assert that all the early Baptist Christians belonged to the Andhra Baptist Church in Rudravari Street, of Visakhapatnam City. It was Rev. E. L. Quirk who proposed to establish Baptist churches at different places in Visakhapatnam when there was only one Baptist Church. The mother church did not agree with the idea of starting new churches. There were no transport facilities available in the city, except rickshaws, hand pulled rickshaws, Jatakas, bullock carts and cycles. It was a very difficult task for Christians to go to the Church from the four corners of the city. In those days Miss. Blackdar started a Sunday school at Allipuram main road near a flour mill. People who could not attend the worship service at the mother church owing to lack of transpiration and uncongenial timings of jobs used to gather at this place and worship the Lord. Mr. Goli Sanganna as an evangelist was conducting prayer meetings. On 10-7-1947, the mother church, granted the permission to the members, for such prayer meetings/ worship services.

                 In the year 1948, the Baptist residents of Allipuram, Dondaparthi, and the surrounding areas could not go to the mother church for worship service on a Sunday because of heavy downpour. That day at the behest of Sri. G. Peter, Seven members gathered at 2 PM at the house of Mr. A. G. Israel the then Headmaster of C.B.M. Elementary Girls School and they all realized the dire need for a church to be founded at Allipuram. On the very day, seven people again gathered at the school at 6:00 p.m. and prayerfully started discussions about the establishment of the Church. And then the church was established.

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