Who we are

"Calvary Baptist Church is a multi-generational local church family striving to glorify God by worshipping corporately, growing personally, and making disciples of Jesus Christ. “

Our Services

"At Calvary Baptist Church we try to use every aspect of our ministry to point to God Himself. We have a strong emphasis on expository preaching. Our music is focused on congregational involvement that is both traditional in style and enthusiastic in vibrancy. Our goal in our services is not ultimately that we would know one another better (though this may happen), but that all who meet together with us would know the creator God better. Knowing God is what we desire to be the center of all we do. John 17:3 "This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent--Jesus Christ."

Our Leadership


Pastor Mark Cox


As the lead pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Pastor Mark preaches, oversees the teaching, provides visionary leadership and direction to the church, and works alongside the deacons to disciple the congregation by equipping them to be disciple-making disciples. Before Pastor Mark came to Calvary in September of 2015, he served as a pastoral intern at First Baptist Church in Troy, Michigan. Pastor Mark has a burden to help others know God more each day and then to be so overwhelmed by who God is that they cannot keep quiet about Him.
Pastor Mark married his wonderful wife, Grace, in February of 2016. Sierra Jane was born on December 31st, 2016, and Kattelynn came home to them in April of 2017. Grace serves as the secretary for CBC. When Pastor Mark is not working at the church, he is often spending time with his girls, singing, teaching music, playing a board game, hiking a trail, out hunting, or perhaps even doing some extra reading at home by the fireplace with a cup of smooth black coffee.
He may be contacted at pastorcbcathens@gmail.com or phone (570) 888 – 5324


Pastor Leland Thompson


Leland Thompson was the 7th of 9 children and has lived in the Valley most of his life. He married the former Carol Burnett on July 2, 1955. They have seven children, seventeen grandchildren and thirty-three great-grandchildren. He retired from IBM after 30 years service to go into the ministry, serving as assistant pastor/youth pastor in his home church, as well as interim pastor and regular pastor at various other churches. He also served as executive director for five years of PA Baptists for Life. He likes to paint artistically, read, and chat about his faith in Christ with anyone interested. He can be reached at 570-867-2772.

We Believe In…

That the Bible is fully inspired and is the infallible Word ofGod, II Timothy 3:16.
In the Trinity of the God-head; one God eternally existing in three Persons– Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I John 5:6-7.
In the personality, deity and work of the Holy Spirit, John 14:26, the third Person in the Trinity, I John 5:6-7.
In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, John 1:14, as the Son of God and God the Son, John 10:29-30.
In Jesus’ virgin birth; that He was conceived by the Holy Ghost and is, therefore, God manifested in the flesh, Matthew 1:18-25.
In Jesus’ substitutionary death; that the Son of God gave “His own life a ransom for many”, I Timothy 2:5-6, and “bore our sins in His own body on the tree”, I Peter 2:24.
In the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, Acts 1:1-3, that He ascended into Heaven, Acts 1:9-11, and that He is now at the right hand of God the Father as our Priest, Hebrews 10:10-12, and Advocate, I John 2:1.
In the visible, glorious, imminent, and bodily return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be pre-millennial, I Thessalonians 4:16-18.

In the reality and personality of Satan, Isaiah 14:12-15.
In the special creation of the universe, Genesis 1:1, and man, Genesis 1:27.
In the sin, fall, and depravity of the human race through Adam, Romans 5:12, therefore, in the necessity of regeneration by the New Birth, Ephesians 2:4-8.
In the Church organization as a body of baptized believers, Acts 2:41-42, gathered together by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of carrying out the principles and precepts of God’s Word, I Corinthians 2:12-13, and in the Church organism as the mystical body of Christ, of which He is the living head and of which, regenerate believers are members only, I Corinthians 12:12-27.
In the immersion of the believer in water as the only Biblical form of baptism, Acts 8:35-39.
In the partaking of the Bread and the Cup in the Communion Service as a privilege peculiar only to those who are in Christ, I Corinthians 11:26-28.
In the bodily resurrection and translation of the believer at Christ’s return,
I Thessalonians 4: 16-17.
In the bodily resurrection and judgment of unbelievers after the Millennial reign of Christ, Revelation 20: 1 1-15.
In the eternal security of the believer on earth, John 10:28-30, and in the eternal blessedness of the righteous in Heaven, Revelation 21 :1-4, and in the eternal existence and punishment of the wicked in the Lake of Fire, Matthew 25:41 and Revelation 20:11-15.

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