Constructing A Church Building

On November 18, 1971, Rev. Foster wrote to Belmont Heights Baptist Church, Nashville Tennessee U.S.A, for their seal and constitution. This was part of the requirements needed to acquire the land and to register the trustees of the church. The seal was presented to Calvary Baptist Church and duly adapted. On 30th June the trustees of the church were registered.

The brief for the building plan was first made by Rev. Carlin and attached to his initial application for land on 2nd June 1971. This building plan covered the following:

(a). Teaching rooms made up of a block of eight (8) classrooms for bible teachings and worship.

(b). A sanctuary with a seating capacity of 1000 people;

(c). Office space

(d). House for a care taker

(e). parking area.  Rev. Carlin based this plan on the facilities of a Baptist Church in Ibadan Nigeria.

In May 1973 when Rev. Foster was finalizing the arrangement for the building, some changes were made on Rev. Carlin’s original plan. The new plan was a church with a sitting capacity of 300 and later a balcony with a sitting capacity of 100, a two storey educational block which contains classrooms for Sunday school and Training activities.

The sod cutting ceremony for the commencement of work was done on 3rd June 1973. Present at the ceremony was Rev. Carlin, Deacon Obeng and other members of the church. Rev. Carlin left Ghana soon after the ceremony.

The church engaged the services of an Italian Contractors, BG Builders Ltd to construct the building. They worked pretty fast thus by the end of the year, the first phase of the of the project, that  is, the auditorium to seat 300 people fixed with decorative screen of kink glass from Italy and ground floor of the educational building was completed.

The cost of building the first phase was $40,000. The Ghana Baptist Mission bore 80% and Calvary Baptist Church (CBC) bore 20% of the cost. This includes funds which Rev. Foster solicited from American foreign mission organizations such as Oldham Little Church Foundation of Houston, Texas, USA. The foreign Missions offered their help in obedience to the great commission (Matthew 28: 19) and not because they had any control of the affairs of CBC the church was autonomous in its entire entirety. (PICTURES)