Discovering Our Past
For over 80 years, First & Calvary Presbyterian Church has maintained a reputation locally and nationally as a vital community of faith. One of the largest Presbyterian Churches in Missouri from its beginning, the church has played an important role in Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly affairs. It is particularly noted for support of church missions. It is uncommon for two congregations to merge.
First & Calvary Presbyterian Church was born when the congregations of First Presbyterian Church and Calvary Presbyterian Church merged in 1930. Worldwide economic developments in the 1920s and 1930s heavily influenced the merger. The old First Presbyterian Church, encouraged by the boom of the 1920s, began constructing its new building in 1928. In October of 1929, when the new church was more than half completed, the American stock market crash occurred. The congregation soon found themselves in the midst of a depression with a beautiful new church building and a debt of $85,000. Old Calvary Church had a church building that could be sold for cash, plus a fine young pastor. This led to the merger and the birth of First & Calvary Presbyterian Church.
A wonderful book about the rich history of the church (found in the church library), written in 1987 by Duane Meyer and V. Marie Arnold, chronicles many of the major events and milestones in colorful detail through 1986.
First & Calvary has an active History Committee, chaired by Raynee Schweitzer. The committee continues to explore the roots of our church's ministry and looks forward to a future of growth and deditcation to God's mission.
Sheila Grisham Pippin, Director of Music Ministries
or call 417-862-5068, extension 232.