• What We Believe
  • What to Expect
  • Next Steps
  • FAQs

What We Believe


Calvary Baptist Church is a community of Christ-followers falling deeper in love with God, His Word, His family, and His mission all to bring glory to God.


We know that the gospel changes everything and desire to see all people be impacted and transformed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Simply put, the Gospel is:

  • We are worse off than we could ever imagine
  • What Jesus Christ did is greater than we could ever know
  • We who are in Christ are better off than we could ever dream

“Teacher, what is the greatest commandment?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Matthew 22:36-39

For more information on the Doctrine of Calvary Baptist Church, please take a look at our Statement of Faith.

Statement of Faith

Calvary's Statement of Faith


We believe that all Scripture is given by divine inspiration of God and that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to both the Old and New Testaments.  (II Timothy 3:16).  They are complete and are of supreme, final authority in faith and life (Mark 12:26, 36).

We believe that God, the Supreme, Eternal, and Unchangeable One has revealed Himself in Three Persons, the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit and that these three are one God (John 10:30); having the same nature, attributes, perfections and commanding the same worship, confidence, and obedience.  (II Corinthians 13:14)

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 2, 14; 10:30) that He was begotten of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20), and born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:21) and is very God and very man (Colossians 1:15).  We believe that His death on the cross was substitutionary and representative (Romans 5:6-8), and sufficient payment for the guilt of all men (Romans 6:10, 14, 17, 18).  We believe that He was raised from the dead in bodily form (Matthew 28:5-7) and ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11) where He lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:22-25).  We believe in the personal, bodily and pre-tribulational return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His Church (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 3:10), and after the Tribulation, His return with the company of redeemed to judge the nations (II Thessalonians 1:6-10) and establish worldwide kingdom of righteousness and peace (premillennial, Revelation 11:15-19).

We believe in the divine personality of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16; 15:26) that He represents the Lord Jesus Christ in His absence (John 16:13, 14), and that His ministry consists of convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8-11), that He is the source and power of all acceptable worship and service (John 15:26, 27).  We believe that He takes up His residence within the believer at the moment of salvation (I Corinthians 6:19), baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13), teaches scriptural truth (John 14:26) and enables the believer to live a godly life (Galatians 5:22, 23).

The Universal Church, which began at the day of Pentecost and will continue to the Rapture, is made up of born again believers.  At the Rapture, Christ, who is the Head of His Church, will come to take away His Bride (I Thessalonians 4:16, 17).  The Holy Spirit baptizes each believer at conversion into His Church, the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13), and imparts to each believer a certain gift or gifts for His service (I Corinthians 12:11).  The Universal Church is instructed to allow the Holy Spirit to produce His fruit both collectively and individually so that the unsaved will see the transformation of their lives as well as hear the claims of our Lord Jesus Christ presented as mankind's only hope of salvation.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church:  Baptism and the Lord's Table (Communion).  We believe the obedient believer publicly identifies with the Lord's death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-11) by immersion in the water in the name of the triune God (Matthew 28:19, 20).  We believe that the Lord's Table was instituted by Christ (Matthew 26:26-29) for commemoration of His death.  We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (I Corinthians 11:23-26)

We believe that our salvation is solely by the grace of God, through personal faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.  It was not accomplished by anything we have done (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  We believe that Jesus Christ paid the complete penalty for all the sins of mankind through the shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary.  (I Peter 1:18-20; 2:24).  We also believe that the salvation of all believers is sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), an is so secure that nothing can separate the believer from the love of God.  (Romans 8:35-39)

We believe that man was created in the image of God by a direct act of creation (Genesis 1:26, 27); that he sinned (Genesis 3:6) and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Romans 6:23).  As a consequence of this disobedience, all mankind is declared by God to be totally depraved, having inherited a sinful nature and having become sinners in thought, word and deed.  (Romans 3:10-23)  We believe that there is the absolute necessity of the new birth for an individual's salvation.  (John 3:3, Galatians 3:22)

What to Expect


We know that walking into a brand-new environment isn't always the easiest thing to do. So before you make a visit, we'd like you to know where to go and what to expect at Calvary.

Getting to the Church
The church is located at 43065 Joy Rd, Canton MI. If you are familiar with the area, that is right between Lilley and Morton Taylor Roads.

Most parking is located behind the building (south), but you can also park on the east side by the Barn. On Sundays we offer special parking on the backside of the building right next to the doors for our new guests just to make it easier getting you and your family into the building.

When to Arrive
If you are planning to visit for the first time, you will want to arrive about 10 minutes early. This will give you time to stop by one of our Information Centers, ask questions, find where you need to go, and settle in before things get started. Families bringing children should plan more time to drop their kids off at the nursery or their classroom.

Once in the Church
Please stop by any of our Information Centers and our greeters will help you find your way around. They are there to answer all your questions so ask away. They can point you to the auditorium or help you find classes for yourself and your family.

Next Steps


Many times we run into this scenario…."OK, step one….check, but what's next." We know the first thing we need to do, but after that is a little bit mysterious. Many times church can be the same way, but we'd like to help you find the next steps for you at Calvary. Whether you've been to one service, or you've been coming for years, we'd like to help you find the best place for you to connect.

I've attended Sunday worship services, what's next…
Once you've attended one of our Sunday Morning Worship Services, we'd encourage you to check out one of our Disciple U offerings to deepen your study of God's Word and help you further connect with people at Calvary.

 We have Disciple U classes that meet on Sunday mornings before the worship service from 9:30-10:30 am.  There are short term elective classes that study specific topics as well as regular class groups based roughly on life stage. These classes offer strong Biblical teaching and a group of people for you to get to know.

There are also Kid's Clubs, Youth Groups, and Adult Disciple U offerings on our Wednesday Family Night that meet from 6:30-8 pm.  We have Kid's Clubs including Tiny Tots, Cubbies (Pre-K),  Sparks (K-2nd Grade), Stockade (boys Grade 3-5), and Girlz Unlimited (girls Grade 3-5). Our Middle School meets in the church building while our High School meets in the Barn for music, games, teaching, and more.  After you get your kids connected, there are 2-3 Bible study options to check out for yourself.

So after that, what's next….
At this point, we'd love to encourage you to look towards becoming a member. Membership brings with it a few different privileges and responsibilities. Members are able to serve in various ministries at Calvary, they are able to vote in church matters, and they are expected to financially support the ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. The amazing thing is all three of these areas really are both a privilige and a responsibility. If you have questions about membership, please contact John Shinn.

Finally, we'd encourage you to invite your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. A simple invitation can be a great way to introduce others to relationships with God and with others that you have been able to enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions


We have compiled a list with answers to questions we think you might ask. If we've missed your question, feel free to contact us. We can get you an answer and possibly add the question to our list.

When should I arrive and how do I get there?
As a guest to our church, plan to arrive about 10 minutes before the service or meeting time is scheduled to begin.   This will give you time to stop by one of our Guest Ministry Centers, ask questions, find where you need to go, and settle in before things get started.  Families bringing children should plan more time to drop their kids off at the nursery or their classroom.  For complete details on how to get to the church, where to go when you’re here, and all service and meeting times, please check our directions page.
What should I wear?
Dress can be summed up in one word: comfortable.  In our services you will find people dressed in everything from jeans and t-shirts to a coat and tie—so come in whatever makes you comfortable and prepared for worship.
What is a typical service like?
Our services are designed so you can connect with God.  We use relevant music, creative arts and technology so you can know and understand Him better.  Each Sunday, one of our gifted pastors or guest speaker leads us into God’s Word to see what He has to say about relevant issues in our life.
What style of music do you have?
A live band leads each Sunday morning service in a mixture of music that emphasizes both who God is and our standing in Christ.  We strive to utilize music that is relevant to our church family and allows us to understand God better which includes both traditional hymns and modern worship songs.
Who is your head pastor and how can I learn more about him?
  Calvary is an Elder led church and our Board of Elders lead as we seek God's plan for us to effectively reach the community we are blessed to serve in. Dave Riddle is our Teaching Pastor and the person you are most likely to see on a Sunday morning. He is one of 3 Vocational Elders that serve on our Elder Board.
Are kids allowed in the service/what do you offer for my kids?
  Children of all ages are welcome to stay with their parents during the service. However, we do have nursery care and classes available for children of all ages during the Disciple U hour. 

There is nursery and children’s classes for infants thru Kindergarten during the entire worship service.  As well as children’s church available for 1st-3rd grade which dismisses half way thru the service.