John Briley was fortunate enough to grow up in a Christian home, but did not personally recognize his sinful condition and accept Jesus till the age of 13. He remembers it well. It was May of 2005 at church camp on the first night. He got saved!
He always wanted to do God’s will for his life. He figured he would be happiest doing what the Lord had planned for him. Throughout his teenage years, however, he struggled with figuring out what God's will for him was. A year and a half after highschool he decided to go to West Coast Baptist College in search of God’s will for his life. It was there that he learned that God’s will is found only as we diligently obey His Word. With this attitude he began to make changes in his life - some big, some small.
While at Bible college he met his future wife, Bethany Perez. Bethany grew up in Uruguay where her parents are Baptist missionaries. John and Beth fell in love and decided to get married and serve God together.
During John's senior year he had the opportunity to interview with a few Baptist ministries across America and listen to their need for laborers. One of those interviews led him to Calvary Baptist Church in Fruitland Park, FL. He and Beth dropped all other plans and moved to Florida believing God was leading them through an open door. Since joining Calvary in 2016, the Brileys gave birth to their first child - Levi.
We believe the Bible to be the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. We believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. We believe that God not only inspired every word, but that He has preserved them through the ages. We believe that the King James Version is the preserved Word of God for the English-speaking people and is the only acceptable translation to be used in this church. (Psalm 12:6–7; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe in one God; Who is eternal, self-existent, infinite, and immutable. We believe He has one nature, one essence, and one substance; yet manifests Himself to man in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; 1 John 4:4)
We believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Saviour of mankind. We believe Jesus Christ to be eternally God and to possess all the attributes of Deity. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was virgin-born, that He was God incarnate, and that the purposes of the incarnation were to reveal God, to redeem men, and to rule over God's kingdom. We believe Jesus Christ never relinquished any attributes of His Deity, but merely veiled them. We believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, at the end of which He was offered for all mankind as a substitutionary sacrifice for man's sin. This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the cross and was accepted by God upon His resurrection. We believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection to be seated at the right hand of the Father and is now waiting for the time of receiving His church at the rapture, which is followed by His return seven years later to earth to rule and reign as King for 1,000 years. (Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 43:11; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 1:3, 14, 18, 29; Romans 3:19-25; Romans 5:6-15; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:10-15; Hebrews 7:26, 9:24-28; 1 Peter 1:19, 2:2; 1 John 1:3; Revelation 20:1-6)
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person who has personality and all the attributes of Deity. We believe the Holy Spirit has always been involved in the affairs of mankind; however, we believe He has a special ministry that began at Pentecost and will continue until the rapture. This ministry includes reproving the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was also sent to regenerate, sanctify, seal, and fill all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:2; John 3:5-6; John 14:16; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:15; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 Corinthians 12:13)
Sin and Salvation
We believe all men were born with an inherited sin nature received from our common ancestor, Adam. We believe that because of his nature, man is a sinner by choice, and he is totally incapable of reforming himself or ceasing from his sin by his own power. We believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a turning to Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. We believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the cross can a man be delivered from his sin. We believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Saviour are already condemned to an eternity in the lake of fire. (Genesis 5:1-5; Acts 4:19; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:6-12; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Revelation 20:11-14)
The New Testament Church
We believe that the church began with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. We believe the local church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized according to the command of Christ, and have voluntarily united together for the purposes of worship, fellowship, service, and observance of the ordinances of baptism and communion. We believe all true believers will be taken up at the rapture, just prior to the tribulation. (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 1:15; Acts 2:41-43; Acts 11:15; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 15: 51-58; Ephesians 1:12-14; Ephesians 5:25-30; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Timothy 3:4-15)
The Last Days
We believe in the literal interpretation of the Scriptures in their grammatical and historical context. We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven-year tribulation. We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth and His literal rule of 1,000 years. Following this one-thousand-year reign is the Great White Throne judgment and then the new heaven and new earth. (1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-9; Revelation 19-22)
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations; and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings. (Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; Leviticus 19:28; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20)
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)
Sunday School 9:45
Sunday AM Worship 10:45
Sunday PM Worship 6:30
Peggy Jones is the administrative assistant and bookkeeper. She and her late husband retired from government service in Washington, DC in 1997 and moved to Summerfield, Florida.
After attending several churches, they finally came to Calvary and found it to be a family-centered church where they could serve the Lord. They joined the church in 2000. She was asked by the Pastor in 2004 to come and work in the office and became a member of the staff at that time.
Since her husband's passing, Peggy has been able to devote more time to serving the Lord here at Calvary. She has become a role model and great friend to all at the church. She has been a child of God since 1957 when she accepted the Lord as her Savior during Vacation Bible School at Riverdale Baptist Church in Riverdale, Maryland.
Ken Dembeck moved from Baltimore, Maryland to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in his late teens. While in Fort Lauderdale, he was saved and also married his wife, Kandice (Kandee). Ken and Kandee moved north from Fort Lauderdale and found Calvary Baptist Church. It was at Calvary that he was called into the youth ministry. A missionary to Korea came to the church and was speaking of the world being full of kids needing to hear about Jesus. "I told my wife I could do that," he said. The husband and wife team soon found themselves in Lynchburg, Virginia where both had received scholarships from Liberty University.
After the Dembecks graduated from Liberty University, Robert Mullis, Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, asked Ken to come back to Calvary to work with the teens for a little while. Ken and Kandee have been at Calvary ever since. Pastor Dembeck never felt called to go anywhere else. In January 2014, Ken Dembeck became Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. The founding Pastor of Calvary Baptist, Robert Mullis, passed the "mantle" of leadership to him.
Ken and Kandee have one son, Kollin, who is a student at Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, Florida.
The Dembecks live in Lady Lake, FL.
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