Calvary Baptist Church

Calvary Baptist Church (HM2HL3)

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N 30° 48.806', W 92° 21.131'

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Bayou Chicot

—Founded in 1812 —

Joseph Willis was the first Baptist minister to preach the Gospel
west of the Mississippi River. Between 1804-1805, Willis arrived in
Bayou Chicot, Louisiana, where he began evangelizing and meeting
with believers. This group did not establish an official "church" as Willis was denied ordination due to his mixed race heritage. Once
ordained, he chartered Calvary Baptist Church on November 13, 1812.



The church's original site is located 1 mile north of its
current
location at Vandenburg Cemetery. The congregation moved in the
mid 1800s and is the oldest existing Baptist church west of the
Mississippi River. The members of Calvary assisted in the formation
of several Louisiana Baptist churches, the Louisiana Baptist Association
(1818), and the Louisiana Baptist Convention (1849)
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HM NumberHM2HL3
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Year Placed2012
Placed ByLouisiana Baptist Convention
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Date Added Friday, June 7th, 2019 at 8:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 561965 N 3409105
Decimal Degrees30.81343333, -92.35218333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 48.806', W 92° 21.131'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 48' 48.36" N, 92° 21' 7.86" W
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