Welcome to Calvary Road!
We are thrilled that you have found our online presence. We hope you will consider joining us this Sunday for a Worship Service or one of our many Bible Classes. We offer our Worship Service at 9:30 & 11:00 AM and an extensive list of Bible Classes to choose from at the 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 AM.
Please browse our website for more information on our select offerings for Early Childhood, Elementary, Junior High, and High School ministries. We also have an active Women’s Ministry and Men’s Ministry that will complement your spiritual growth.
At Calvary Road we don’t say, “Welcome to Church.” We prefer, “Welcome Home!”
Meet Our Pastor
Pastor Dave grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia. When he was 14, he accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior at Thomas Road Baptist Church, where Dr. Jerry Falwell was the pastor. In 1974, he graduated from Lynchburg Baptist College, now Liberty University. Upon leaving Lynchburg, he served on staff of churches in Salem, VA and in Huntsville, AL. In August 1977, God gave to him peace to start a church in Northern Virginia. He and his family moved to the Alexandria area where they began New Life Baptist Church. In 1979, New Life Baptist Church and Calvary Road Baptist Church merged into one congregation and Pastor Dave has been the senior pastor of Calvary Road Baptist Church since 1979. Pastor Dave and his wife Linda have five children and 15 grandchildren.
Meet Our Ministry Team
Minister of Music
Administrator, Calvary Road Christian School
Frequently Asked Questions
Your children (birth through Grade 6) will be taught the Word of God by trained teachers who are spirit-filled believers. All of our children’s volunteers have been screened through a national criminal background check. A volunteer will never be alone with your child; there are at least two volunteers assigned to each classroom setting. We have Sunday School classes by age/grade at the 9:30 hour and we have second hour programming for preschool and Children’s Church for Grades 1-6 at the 11:00 hour. Further, your children (Grades 1-6) are welcome to attend a worship service with you at any time.
Getting connected at Calvary Road will provide an opportunity for you to grow in your faith and in relationships with others. After all, you were created to be with others. We offer Connect Groups for adults and students, and Sunday School classes for children and pre-school aged children. No matter where you are in life, we have a group for you.
At Calvary Road, we encourage you to come as you are. God sees our heart and that’s what He cares about; it’s not about the style of clothing we choose. Just so you’ll know, most people attend wearing business-casual attire. Don’t be surprised if you see a few suits and ties, as well as many people wearing jeans.
We believe that the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God, a divine, supernatural revelation (II Tim. 3:16, II Peter I:20-21). We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the original writings of the Scriptures, and that as thus given they are wholly without error of any kind. God has divinely preserved the Holy Scriptures down through the ages; thus, today, we have the complete Word of God.
We Believe in one Triune God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit (I Peter 1:2; Matthew 28:19). We believe that they are co-equal in power and glory, identical in their essential natures, attributes, and perfections and that they are co-eternal (Genesis 1:2; John 17:5). In His essential nature, God is Spirit as opposed to material (John 4:24); as to His essential attributes God is absolutely holy, embracing the sum of all moral perfection (I Peter 1:16); as to his essential character, God is love (I John 4:16; John 3:16).
We Believe that Jesus Christ “being the eternal Son of God, became man” (Hebrews 2:16; John 1:14; Luke 1:35), and that he continues to be the God-Man in two distinct natures, and one person forever (John 1:14; Romans 9:5; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 13:8). We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, thus being True God and True Man.
We Believe that He died upon the cross a vicarious substitutionary death, thereby making atonement for the sin of the world (John 1:29). We believe that He is the only Redeemer (Acts 4:12), and that His atonement is sufficient for the sins of all the world (Hebrews 7:25; I John 2:2), and efficacious for all who believe (John 3:16 and 26; Isaiah 45:22).
We Believe that He bodily arose from the dead, that He ascended into Heaven, that there in His state of glorification He is now the interceding High Priest, Intercessor, and Advocate for all believers (I Corinthians 15:20; Luke 24; Acts 1:3; Hebrews 7:25; 4:15, 2:17; I John 2:1).
We Believe that as in His first advent He became incarnate and dwelt on earth personally, bodily, visibly, in an earthly tabernacle of flesh, “the body of His humiliations,” even so in His second advent He will return personally, bodily, visibly, but in the body of His glorification, to set up His kingdom and to judge the world in righteousness (Acts 1:9, 11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15).
We Believe that man, created in the image of God, fell into sin through the sin of the first Adam and thereby brought upon himself death both physical and spiritual, and that all human beings share this guilt and inherit this sin-nature from the first Adam. In order to secure salvation and restoration, man must be born again. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree” (I Peter 2:24). We believe that the punishment of the wicked and unbelieving and the reward of the righteous are everlasting, and as the reward is conscious, so is the punishment. (Genesis 1:26-28; Romans 3:10; John 3:16; Acts 4:12; 13:38-39; Matthew 25:46; II Corinthians 5:1; II Thessalonians 1:10).
We Believe that there is a devil named Satan, a being of great cunning, who can exert vast power only so far as God suffers him to do so, and who shall ultimately be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone (I Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:10; Ephesians 6:11).
We Believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, indwells all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 6:19), baptizes them into the body of Christ, and seals them unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13). The Holy Spirit convicts and “reproves the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment” (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18-20; John 16:8-11).
We Believe that the local visible Church is composed of baptized born-again persons banded together for fellowship, teaching, and the propagation of the gospel. The two ordinances of the Church are baptism (Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 28:19-20) and The Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:23-33). The two offices of the Church are Pastor and Deacon (I Timothy 3:1-13). The Church will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air prior to His appearing to set up His kingdom (I Thessalonians 4:16-18).
We Believe that the invisible Church is the body of Christ, a spiritual organism composed of all born-again persons in this present age, that the primary mission of the Church is to witness concerning the Head, Jesus Christ, and to preach the gospel among all nations, and that the Church will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air prior to His appearing to set up His Kingdom (Ephesians 1:3-6, 22-23; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Matthew 28:19-20; I Thessalonians 4:16-18).
We offer New Member Classes at different times of the year, and prospective members are encouraged to attend. The class is led by our Senior Pastor, Dave Rhodenhizer, and he will share with you information about the ministry of Calvary Road Baptist Church. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.
Calvary Road presents a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with a diverse blend of people who attend. For the children, we have a safe ministry with an automated check-in system. We have greeters at our main entrances who can help you find your way around.
History Of Calvary Road Baptist church
Calvary Road Baptist Church had its origin with the adoption of its church covenant in November 1870, under the name Beulah Baptist Church. In March of 1957 the church was reorganized, and in November of 1971 the name of the church was changed to Calvary Road Baptist Church.
In June 1979, New Life Baptist Church merged with Calvary Road Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor David M. Rhodenhizer. Under his leadership, the church had a fresh enthusiasm. The theme at the time of the merger was “Two Like Spirits – One Great Vision.” It wasn’t long before they were “One Like Spirit – One Great Vision.”
Pastor Rhodenhizer led the church to go beyond its walls to reach our neighbors with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The church, deep in debt, and after years of dwindling attendance, began to see the attendance start to grow. Also, by using good stewardship principles, the church became debt free. In 1986, there was a ground-breaking and construction was begun on an extension of the sanctuary, as well as additional Sunday School rooms. This space was completed without incurring any debt, and a dedication service was held in 1986. In the years to follow, the church purchased four additional pieces of property. In 1997, the bus garage was converted to a Student Center. In 2005, a new parking lot was constructed, as well as some property configurations. In addition, the infrastructure was added for a new educational building and worship center.
Over the years, Calvary Road Baptist Church has served its neighborhood with a Christian school, an annual Christmas in Kingstowne presentation, and many other activities. In addition, Calvary Road has launched six churches. Yet Calvary Road has never lost its fervor to reach the neighborhood, community, state, country, and many nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.