"Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."
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And we must say we're excited to have you visiting with us here.
Our central focus and motivation
is our LORD Jesus Christ. What we do in Calvary B-P Church is all about Him and His Word.
To our many first-time visitors, we hope this and subsequent drop-ins will translate to a personal visit eventually so we can welcome you with a warm smile and handshake.
For our members, we equally bid you a warm welcome to an extension of the church resource center for updates, notes and sundry information.
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Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. - John 4:35
The year was 1969.
Western Singapore was an enclave of growth: factories, offices and high-rise apartments were mushrooming. Officially named as Jurong, people from all over gravitated toward the area where jobs and business opportunities abounded. However, there was not a church available to meet the spiritual needs of a growing population.
Our founding chairperson, Rev. Dr. Tow Siang Hwa was burdened to meet this need. On a visit to Jurong one day, God gave Rev. Philip Heng of Galilee B-P Church a vision of human beehives that reminded him of our LORD’s words “Lift up your eyes and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest (John 4:35).” As an elder and member of the Session at Life B-P Church, he affirmed to the Session there was a need to start a work in Jurong. This was enthusiastically received and the gears were in motion.
An application was made and approved by the authorities and Calvary B-P Church was built and inaugurated January 1, 1973 at the corner of Corporation Drive and Tao Ching Road.
The first service had 34 faithful worshippers, comprising young people from Taman Jurong and other B-P churches.
Right about that time, Rev. James Chan, who already had a home-based Bible Study ministry in effect, joined the church to help advance the Gospel work.
Rev. Philip Heng was appointed as part-time pastor of the new church that grew steadily as our LORD brought in the people.
As God gradually increased the number of Mandarin-speaking worshippers, the Church Session felt the need to start a Mandarin Worship Service for them. By God’s grace, the Calvary Mandarin Worship Service was inaugurated September 3, 1974.
As the overall congregation continued to grow rapidly, the leaders prayerfully sought to start a new work in another part of Jurong.
In 1979, Calvary Bible-Presbyterian Church expanded with the addition of a new church at Pandan Gardens and called it Calvary Pandan B-P Church, supported by a third of Calvary members that formed its initial group of congregants.
Rev. Philip Heng returned to Galilee as their full-time pastor. He was succeeded by Rev. Edward Paauwe, who was a lecturer and Dean of the Far Eastern Bible College.
After three years, by God’s grace and provision, Rev. James Chan was appointed full-time pastor of Calvary and continued to shepherd us for the next two decades.
He was eventually succeeded by Rev. Isaac Ong in 2010 who is our current pastor co-labouring with Rev. Peter Tan, Rev. Frank Low and Rev. Daniel Tan.
Pastor Isaac & Rebecca Ong
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Pastor Frank & Grace Low
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Pastor Daniel & Mary Tan
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.