OUR MISSION VISION
Calvary Protestant Church supports missionaries and mission organizations on a regular basis. Special donations are made to specific missions projects and missionaries as needed.
Calvary believes that the spreading of the gospel in our community and around the world is urgent. The gospel is desperately needed everywhere in the world! The fields are ripe for harvest and we can be part of God's harvest team. It is our desire that an increased percentage of our members become personally involved with the work of missions through prayer, giving, writing to our missionaries, and going on short term missions trips.
Calvary Church is home to Peg and her husband, Tom. Commissioned to the mission field by Calvary Church in 1984, Tom and Peg spent the first eight years of the Trans World Radio (TWR) missionary service in Sri Lanka. They moved to the Caribbean Island of Bonaire in 1992 and in 1997 moved to Miami, Florida to establish TWR's Latin America regional office there. In 2000 another move took them to North Carolina where Peg spent 16 years at TWR's office in Cary, North Carolina as International Program Coordinator for TWR's women's ministry. Tom and Peg now reside in Baldwin, New York, where she continues to serve with TWR remotely as part of TWR's Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships team.
John and Nancy DeValve, S.I.M., Niger
Nancy first went to Nigeria in 1982 to teach missionary children, and John arrived for his first term of service in Niger in 1984. The two met in Africa and were married in 1986 in Binghamton, NY. John and Nancy have served together in Niger, West Africa with SIM since 1987. From 1987 to 1992, they worked in Niamey (the capital of Niger) teaching missionary kids, working with African youth, and helping start an urban church. In 1992, they moved to the isolated town of Téra where for sixteen years they engaged in a ministry of evangelism and discipleship amongst the unreached Muslim Songhai people. Since 2008, they have been back in Niamey working in a variety of roles. Nancy serves as the SIM Niger personnel officer while John teaches at the SIM theological college, assists Nancy in the orientation of new missionaries, and helps newcomers with language and culture learning.
Nancy was born of missionary parents in Jos, Nigeria and lived overseas until she was 11. She is a graduate of Cedarville College (OH) with a bachelor's degree in elementary education (1981). John was born in Ankara, Turkey and spent almost half of his childhood overseas in Turkey and Nigeria. He received his bachelor's from Houghton College (NY) in math and Bible (1981) and a master's degree from Columbia International University (SC) in inter-cultural studies (1997) with an emphasis on Islamic studies. Currently he is working on a doctorate in applied missiology from Middlesex University, London, England, through its partner, the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. He hopes to finish the thesis and defend it sometime in mid-2016.
John's dad, Robert Henry DeValve was born in Baldwin, NY and attended Calvary Protestant Church as a child and a youth. He passed away in 2010, but John's mother, Jean, currently lives in Cromwell, CT. John's grandfather, Herbert DeValve, was a life-long resident of Baldwin until just before his death in 1994. John's grandmother passed away in 1974.
John and Nancy have two children: Daniel (born in Niamey, Niger in 1989) and Suzanne (born in Scranton, PA in 1991). Both children graduated from Sahel Academy in Niamey, Niger and then attended Cedarville University in Ohio. Daniel received his bachelor's degree in international studies in 2011, and Suzanne got her B.A. in early childhood education in 2013. Both of the DeValve's children married in 2012, Daniel to Kelly (Hammond), and Suzanne to Theophilus Hines. Daniel and Kelly live in the Washington, DC area, and Suzanne and Theo live near Dayton, OH. Suzanne and Theo have recently announced the impending arrival of their first child, due in early August 2014. This will be John and Nancy's first grandchild.
Chris Studley was blessed to discover Northern Frontier as a Stockader at the age of 10 and is thrilled to now be the director! Over the years, he has served on NFstaff in a variety of positions, (counselor, water front director, battalion program director) and was happily joined by his family for eight summers. Chris spent 18 years as a teacher in Trenton, New Jersey. He loves the outdoors and all thing rock climbing. God has given him a heart for discipling boys and men to understand who God created them to be and to use their gifts to bring Him glory. He loves combining these two passions at Northern Frontier! During the year, he and his wife, Kelly, who serves as the NF secretary, live in Yardley, PA with their 3 kids, Rileigh, Hudson, and Rowan. At homw, they are involved in their church where he serves as an elder and in their community where he can usually be found on the soccer field coaching.
Brian and Jenny Maret, S.I.M. USA, Charlotte NC
Brian grew up in Calvary Church and was also ordained through the church in 1957.
After schooling they served in Somalia for almost 5 years and then 13 years in Ethiopia.
Brian and Jenny left Ethiopia in 1976 due to overthrow of government. Since then they both worked in the S.I.M office in N.J. and now in N.C. Brian continues to work in Purchasing and Shipping buying and shipping supplies for missionaries, schools and hospitals. Jenny at the present works for Derek Prince Ministries in Charlotte part time.
They have 4 children and 10 grand children. They have been supported by Calvary for 56 years.
Brian has actually retired but he continues to volunteer full time in Purchasing and Shipping.
Born in Rhode Island, Gary was raised in a Christian family. He accepted Christ at a Good News Club and, at the age of 14, felt a powerful call to ministry. After completing his education, Gary pastored a church in New Hampshire while also teaching as a seminary professor.
Karen grew up near Philadelphia and gave her heart to the Lord at a young age. Early in her teen years, she sensed that God wanted her to work cross-culturally. God used many fellow Christians from church, youth group, Christian high school and college to mentor her in faith and service to others, especially through education and music.
After many years of ministry in the United States, the Lord called Gary and Karen to learn Spanish and begin to minister in Latin America. His leading came step-by-step over several years, beginning with Gary teaching occasionally in Romania. This culminated in a decision to go overseas full-time.
Just as North America enjoys a huge surplus of resources compared with Latin America, so too it is rich in theologians, Christian writers and seminaries. Gary and Karen work in an area where it is difficult to get a sound Bible education, even when the student is motivated. Part of the Shogrens reward is to work in a field where there is this greater need.
For Gary, the most exciting aspect of mission work is working with people who love the Lord and who come to the table hungry for His Word. To Karen, the best part of being a missionary is serving God and his people in many kinds of situations.
MIKE and CARYN DIGENA, EFCA Europe, Lyon, France
Mike and Caryn DiGena are career missionaries to France. Both were headed for the mission work in France before they met. When the Lord brought them together, it was a great confirmation as to the Lord's calling on their lives. Caryn is from Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia) and is a member of the First Baptist Church in Doylestown, PA. Michael is original from Irvington, NJ and came to know the Lord when he was a junior at Montclair State College. He is a member of Calvary E.F.C. in Essex Falls, NJ.
Mike and Caryn ministered in Lyon, France for three years and relocated to Montpellier, France in 2000. In July the returned to Lyon. They have been blessed with two sons, William and Alexander and a daughter Elisa.
Mike and Caryn have been led to church planting. For the past two years they have been a part of the Lyon City Team in establishing church plants in the area of Lyon where only 0.2% of the population are evangelical believers. Their vision is to multiply healthy communities of worshippers among all people for the glory of God. Mike & Caryn have also been active members in a French Church plant originally initiated by colleagues. Mike serves as the City Team Leader.
MISSIONS PROJECTS WE SUPPORT:
The Eastern District Association of the Evangelical Free Church of America purchased the property in 1972 known as Camp Orchard Hill. The camp was purchased to provide a more centrally located camp for the churches in the southern part of the district. An apple orchard was located on the property, hence the name "Camp Orchard Hill".
Camp Orchard Hill is open year-round. The camp is available for church groups to rent the facilities. It is dedicated to the Lord for the teaching and training of people with the Bible as the central teaching material.
Camp Orchard Hill continues to improve facilities, programs, activities, and staff so that we can meet the physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual needs of our guests. We are becoming a center for effective ministry by creating and maintaining a community of "learning by doing". The result is a multi-tiered ministry where participants receive blessings from a well run and God directed program and the staff increase in their competence to do ministry and discover the specific purpose God has for them in life
Was started in 1943 by J.J.D. "Daddy" Hall and Creighton Dunlap, street evangelists operating out of an apartment on 45th Street. When they purchased their present location on 51st Street in 1945, their focus shifted to training Christian workers and reaching out to the local community and to the homeless of the Times Square District. Today's Executive Director, Rev. Shandra J. Velez, started serving at St Paul's in 2000.
St. Paul's House operates as an independent mission house, with the same goal of training Christian workers. This goal has developed into the JJD Hall Internship Program. Student residents are invited to live at St. Paul's for 6 to 12 months, and during their stay, they receive discipleship training and hands on experience in urban ministry and overseas missions. The interns are responsible for running all the various outreach programs of St. Paul's House. Their programs include, Heart Beat Youth Ministry, Little Rascals Puppet Theatre, Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry, Morning Gospel Service, Senior Computer classes, Back to Work Clothing Program and Dominican Republic Short-term Mission Trip.
Christian Service Brigade
We accomplish our mission by: Training, equipping and encouraging men for ministry in general and ministry to young men and boys specifically.
Empowering men to use their own gifts, talents and experience to teach the truth of God's Word with insight and enthusiasm.
Encouraging young men and boys to grow in Christ-likeness through relationships with godly men, through fun Bible-related activities that are exciting and relevant to them, through applying Scripture to daily life, through opportunities to serve Christ together, and through memorizing God's Word.
Providing materials that give men a practical, fun and dynamic way to disciple young men and boys for Christ so that they develop mentally, physically, spiritually and socially.
Fostering the skill of fathering through mutual father/son experiences.
II Timothy 2:2, Proverbs 22:6, Luke 2:52, Titus 2:6-8