Calvary Baptist Church History 1952 St. Matthew 16:18
The late Rev. Charles F. Etheridge organized Mount Calvary Baptist Church
in 1952. The church was then located at 31 Ege Avenue Jersey City, NJ. Because
of its continuous growth, in 1969 Mount Calvary Baptist Church moved its location to a larger facility, located at 93
Linden Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07305.
The first Deacons to serve: the late Karo Sturgis and Robert Fields.
The Officers serving: Trustee Louis Paul Givins and Jesse Robert Lee, Sr. The Scripture states where there are two
or three in my name there will I be also; the members: Mrs. Winnie Bunch, Mrs. Bell Sanford, Mrs. Pauline Givins, and Mr.
Sammuel Greene. Mount Calvary grew spiritually and financially under the leadership of Rev. Etheridge. In October of 1959 Rev. Etheridge was called to a better home.
The Auxiliaries that was formed: The missionary of which the sunshine band and the Red Circle were under
(for children and young people mission.), The church School (Sunday School Department), Pastor’s Aide Usher Board, Willing
Workers Helping Hand Club, Choirs Serving, Gospel Chorus, Senior Choir and Junior Choir.
Sister Maude Walker was the first church musician
In 1960, The Rev. Isreal Burrough, a native of South Carolina, (Church home: Monumental Baptist Church
Jersey City, NJ) became Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church. He served for three years. The Deacons that served this
administration were Ralph Spencer (Chairman of the Deacon Board), The late Billie Staggers (Trustee) Isiah Staggers
(Chairman of the Trustee Board), Sister Susane Ann McCluney (Church Clerk) Randy Johnson (Church Musician). In the year 1963
Deacon Ralph Spencer was called to ministry, and later Pastor of the Pilgrim Green Baptist Church, Jersey City, NJ (our First
Son In The Ministry.)
In 1964 Rev. Rufus B. Brown of Montclair, NJ became Pastor. During his administration the Inspirational
Choir was formed. (Young Adult Choir), Willie Etheridge (President of the Celestial Youth Choir, a community choir, (known
as The RJ. C.Y.C) and the R.C. Brown Choir was fromed. The church musician was Mrs. Ann.
During the administration in 1969 Deacon Billie Staggers was called to
ministry. Brother George Scott was the trustee, and Rev. Grady Cooper was the
overseer. In early spring of April 1979 Rev. Willie W. Wilson a native
of Albany, GA (Church home of Mount Olive Baptist Church Jersey City, NJ) was called to pastorate. From this administration the Deacons that were ordained was: George B Scott, Phillip Wilson, Gregory
Wilson, Jimmie Sullivan, Perry Jones, Thomas Murray, Johnny Frazier, Roy Davis, Eugene Austin (deceased), Eddie Harris, Norwood
Smith, Steve Walton, and Henry Rivers.
Trusteeship: Reba Jenkins, Viola Washington, Susane Richardson, Virginia
Price, Joan Kendrick, Curtis Butler, Henry Rivers, Norwood Smith, Isaiah, Staggers, Nathaniel Lewis, Perry Jones (deceased)
Edna Lee, Frank Johnson, William Peake. The Former Junior Trustees were: Karen Scott, Authur Bule, Johnnie Miller,
Tiffany Wilson, and Toyna Harris. The Junior Trustees were Owenia Johnson, Etonia
White, Kenneth Rivers, Scott Rivers and George Mathis. The Church Clerk was:
Bessie M. Woodham.
L. Wilson, the first son (under Pastor W.W Wilson’s administration) was called into the
ministry. He pastured Ebenezer
Baptist Church, Jersey City, NJ and is now
Pastor of Grace Chapel Baptist Church. The second son Rev. Alfred Dingle, The third son Minister Roy
Davis, the fourth son Rev. Barron Wilson, the first daughter Evangelist
Lois Wilson, the fifth son Minister Tony Staggers, and the sixth son Rev.
Gary Floyd. Pastor Wilson believes in the church. While under his administration the church served twenty (20) auxiliaries and six (6) choirs. All which played an active role.
After his dedicated service of twenty years Pastor Willie W. Wilson retired
as pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church. He returned home to Georgia, and not
long after his return he was called to Pastor New Oak Grove Baptist Church in Cordele, GA.
In March of 2000 Rev. Barron O. Wilson a son of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and a native of Jersey City, NJ (Church
home Union Baptist Church South River, NJ) became Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church.
In September 2002 Pastor Barron Wilson married Tamica Chisolm .
This administration has ordained four Deacons: Malcom
Pinckney, Leslie T. Simmons, Alphonso Lynch, and Michael Lynch.