Beach Baptisms Provide Opportunity to Witness

Source: Baptist Press

This past Sunday, May 15, 2022, the East Lake campus of Calvary Church held public baptismal services for more than 130 people.

The annual program is part of an evangelistic initiative of the church that has led to more than 2,882 baptisms since its inception in 2012. Pastor Willy Rice said, “Our normal rhythm is twice a year. The May one is always a response to the build-up to Easter and then intentional evangelistic efforts afterwards.”

During the event, all four campuses of Calvary Church united to witness the baptisms of individuals of all ages ranging from teenagers to youth representing a diverse group of ethnicities and backgrounds.

This year’s program was special because the digital members who connected with the congregation virtually during the pandemic were baptized and have since moved to the area.

Additionally, the weekend’s event brought a father, who had come to support and witness his daughter’s baptism, to connect with one of the local pastors and accept Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.

Pastor Rice said, “You just never know how God will show up.”

Sunday’s events capstone a monthly long evangelistic initiative where the church was trying to help members of its community connect after being distant for more than a year after the pandemic.

“Witnessing like this is only possible when we connect and witness as the church,” said Rice.

Currently, Calvary Church offers both in-person and hybrid options for worshippers seeking to take advantage of the new technological innovations that the pandemic brought that have helped hundreds of churches around the globe stay connected. If you are interested in learning more about Calvary Church and its evangelism ministries, you can visit their website at

Source: Baptist Press