Relocation and growth were main themes of the 1980’s at Meadow Hills Baptist Church. Led of the Spirit, Pastor Greg McLaughlin, with deacon support, decided that the original building (constructed in the 1960’s and added to and renovated over the years), no longer met the needs of the expanding congregation. With the Lord’s obvious leading, the original building was sold in 1983, and the church purchased a larger, already constructed church facility. Concurrently, the decision was made to change the name from Meadow Hills to Calvary Baptist Church. The congregation had its first service in the new location on Christmas Day, 1983.
As the congregation grew, a new gymnasium was constructed, additional property was purchased, and plans for a new auditorium were underway, to be completed in 1991. More families meant more children; with this in mind, the Patch the Pirate ministry began in 1988, thus meeting the special spiritual and creative needs of CBC’s youngsters.
The faithfulness of the congregation shone forth in 1987 when CBC held its first Faith Promise Missions Conference. Commitments of $22,000 revealed a dedication and love for missions and faith in God’s provision.
Hope and trust in the Lord’s blessings in future growth continued as the church on Sparkman Drive broke ground on its new auditorium, drawing to a close the decade of the 80’s for Calvary Baptist Church.