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There is ample parking available during our Sunday service both in the front of the church on Pennsylvania and Baltimore Avenues or in the parking lot behind (and left of) the church. There is also an accessible ramp at the rear entrance. 


Church Office Hours     410-825-3360

Monday - Friday         9am-2pm


At Calvary Baptist Church we are a community of God’s people, united in love for God, who gather to worship and glorify God, in the welcoming tradition of our Baptist faith: sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as guided by the Holy Spirit, through discipleship, Christian education, and community outreach. 


We believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Trinity). We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, was virgin born and took on human flesh. We believe that He died on the cross to pay our sin debt in full (past, present and future). We believe that He rose on the third day and has conquered death and all those who believe in Him and confess Him as Lord have been given the free gift of salvation. We believe that to be saved and justified through the saving grace of Jesus Christ one needs to be born again. We believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, written by men but divinely guided by God. We believe that the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to sinful man. We believe in the Believer’s Baptism (full immersion) and the Lord’s Supper as instituted by Jesus Christ Himself. We believe that Jesus will come again to gather His church home. We believe in having a personal relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ rather than just a rule and regulation-based religion. 


Calvary Baptist Church has a long history in the heart of Towson. Our current location has been in use since 1914, and the building has been standing on the corner of West Pennsylvania and Baltimore Ave since 1929. However, the church body goes back all the way to 1889.


In December, 1889, the Reverend A. C. Dixon, pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle, held a Baptist worship service in a small room located over a blacksmith's shop in Towson. By February, 1890, a Sunday School program was being conducted in that upper room. On August 15, 1890, twelve members of that Sunday School signed the charter, founding Calvary Baptist Church.


The membership of the new Church grew rapidly. A Church building was constructed, and in 1892 the congregation moved into a simple frame sanctuary constructed on the present property at 120 West Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson. In 1929, that small structure was replaced by a modern sanctuary, and an educational wing was added in 1960.


It is important to remember that a Church is not a building of wood or stone, but a group of people called to serve God in the whole world. Through the years, Calvary Baptist Church has been blessed with many dedicated people who have given months, years, or lifetimes to further the Kingdom of God through our ministries.



The Reverend William H. Hubbard


Mr. & Mrs. Frank K. Tyler


Miss Laura Merryman


Mr. & Mrs. John C. Watson


Miss Mary Watson


Miss Fanny Watson (Mrs. John Schaeffer)


Mrs. A. J. Rowe


Mr. Charles E. Thomas


Miss Agnes Stieber (Mrs. Watson)


Mr. John P. Leland




Dr. William Sean Lee and Sarah Lee 2013-2019


Frederick K. Weimert 1977-2013


Leland Higginbotham 1955-1981


John Henry Day 1953-1955


George Arthur Clarke 1944-1953


Thomas G. Ellis 1942-1944


Archibald F. Ward, Jr. 1937-1942


Richard W. Wickes 1923-1936


John David Clarke 1912-1922


George Ross Wells 1909-1910


Benjamin B. Abbitt 1904-1908


William E. Robertson 1892-1903


William H. Hubbard 1890-1891

Church Timeline

1889 Dec 10 - First meeting of Towson Baptists in a room over Parlett's Blacksmith Shop


1890 Feb 26 - Bible School started with Mr. John P. Leland as Superintendent


1890 Mar 23 - Services moved to Temperance Tabernacle, corner of Virginia and Shealey Avenues


1890 Aug 5 - Twelve charter member organized Calvary Temperance Tabernacle


1891 - House on corner of Pennsylvania and Baltimore Avenue and adjoining lot purchased


1892 Feb 14 - Dedication of our first sanctuary, the frame church, built by C. E. Thomas


1914 Feb - Elizabeth Rider Stevenson donated money to buy land for church at corner of W. Pennsylvania and Baltimore Avenue


1928 - Parsonage moved over and work began on new church


1929 Jun 23 - Dedication of present sanctuary


1945 - Osborne-Yelllott property at 108 W Pennsylvania purchased for parsonage


1959 Feb - Parsonage at 108 W Pennsylvania destroyed by fire


1960 Jun 5 - New parsonage at 821 Trafalgar Road purchased


1960 Jun 5 - Dedication of Harrison Rider Memorial Sunday School Building


1964 Nov 6 - Burning of Sunday School Building Mortgage. Church entirely debt free


1981 - Parsonage at 821 Trafalgar Road sold


1990 - Calvary celebrated its centennial over an 18 month period


1990 Dec 24 - Memorial window dedicated at the annual Christmas Eve service


1997 - New organ purchased and dedicated

2015 - Calvary celebrated it's 125th Anniversary

Community Outreach Timeline

1897 Feb 16 - Govanstown Baptist, now Gregory Memorial, sponsored by Calvary and formed by Govanstown members


1965 - Sponsored Millie and Cesar Arce from Cuba


1980 - Sponsored 6 members of Dang family from Vietnam


1984 - Towson Calvary Daycare center opened in church facilities and ran until 2000


1985 - Assistance Center of Towson Churches opened in Bridgebuilders' Cabin to help the disadvantaged


1995 - Members of Calvary began work projects with Chesapeake Habitat for Humanities. 


1995 - Calvary sponsored the Agic family from Bosnia


1995 - Migrant Worker Health Kit project began


1997 - Our Daily Bread monthly cake baking mission started


2005 - CBC provided monthly meals to the Eastern Homeless Resource Center; Sarah's Hope, mission continued until 2013


2012 - CBC offered support to Akaolisa family from Burkina Faso in the process for U.S. asylum


2012 - Ground breaking for extension of the ACTC building


2015 - First Bible Give-a-Way at the Towsontown Festival

2018 - Participated in the Christmas Shoebox program operated by Samaritan's Purse 

2022 - Calvary opened its in-house pantry for members 

2022 - Collaborating with local police to collect shoes for the homeless shelters 

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