About Us

Our heart, our story… Calvary is part of the Church of the Nazarene which has its headquarters in Lenexa, KS. The Nazarene denomination was born out of the Wesleyan Revivals. The Nazarene Church as over 13,000 organized churches located in over 140 countries with a membership of over 1.3 million persons.

The Mission of Charlotte Calvary Church of the Nazarene is to win the lost to Christ and disciple them into effective ministry to help God build His great kingdom. We are committed to equipping Christians to change the world through irresistible lifestyles and influential works of service through:

  • seeing our people passionately committed to Jesus Christ
  • measuring our lives by the Biblical standard
  • establishing family-centered ministries
  • exemplifying morally pure lifestyles
  • being evangelistically bold as we share our faith with the world
  • becoming socially responsible to help meet the needs of all peoples

We believe in one God-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.

We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.

We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.

We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.

We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.

We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.

 Calnaz Church

Calvary Church of the Nazarene Local Church History:

The idea of a fourth Church of the Nazarene in Charlotte originated with Dr. Lloyd B. Byron, district superintendent, and Rev. William H. Benson, pastor of Charlotte First Church. A message was sent out for all persons who would go to any area of Charlotte and start a church to meet with pastors and the district superintendent at the Public Library on February 2, 1965. Five laymen attended this meeting, and shortly thereafter two prayer meetings were started with a possible church in view. Mrs. Paul Richmond and Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Self  started prayer meetings in the south side of town; and Mr. & Mrs. Earl Freeman with Dr. Byron started prayer meetings in the east side in the Champion Map Company office of Mr. John Croasmun on Central Avenue.

Mr. Croasmun took an active interest in the new church venture and initiated the Charlotte One Hundred Club.  The goal: to enlist 100 persons to pledge $3.00 per month for 3 years in support of the new church.  Ninety (90) persons responded to this program, and their faithful support was a valuable assist.  On August 1st, 1965 the first Sunday service was held in the Chantilly Elementary School.   On November 28, 1965, CALVARY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE was officially organized in the Chantilly School auditorium by Dr. Lloyd B. Byron, district superintendent.

The church name, suggested by Earl Freeman, was unanimously approved by the twenty-four (24) charter members:  Founding pastor Rev. J. McCray Holmes, and wife (June),  Kathy Holmes,  Dr. Lloyd Byron, D.S., and wife (Helen), “Mother” Annabel J. Byron, Earl Freeman and wife (Myrtle), Floyd Craig and wife (Marlene), Charles Spivey and wife (Mary Ellen), Fred Farmer and wife (Nancy), James Farmer and wife (Mary Ann), Henry Reid and wife (Myrtle), Ila Corzine, Neil Corzine, Edythe Benson, Daryle Benson, McCray Benson, and Mrs. Harvey Porter.

A few months later, this dedicated group– ranging in age from eight (8) to ninety (90) years– with only twelve (12) wage-earners, located the property of 11+ acres we now occupy, floated a $50,000.00 bond program and began to grow and build.  Since completion of the first unit, the church has gone through three expansion programs.  The culmination of these expansion programs is the beautiful sanctuary we now worship in, built under the leadership of Pastor Elmer Wilson.



Rev. McCray Holmes (Founding Pastor) 1965-1974 & 1977-1983

Rev. Charles Savage 1974-1976

Rev. Lamar Brantley 1983-1988

Rev. Alan Queen 1989-1992

Rev. Elmer Wilson 1993-2011

Rev. Timothy Lichtley 2011-2014

Rev. John Bremer 2014-present

North Carolina Church of the Nazarene District Superintendent: 

Dr. Greg L. Mason

Past District Superintendents:

Dr. Lloyd B. Byron

Dr. Terrell C. Sanders Jr.

Dr.  Bill M. Sullivan

Dr. Oval Stone

Dr. Eugene Simpson

Dr. Mark Barnes


Church of the Nazarene history.  Click here.