Era Of Rev. Stevenson Alfred Williams

The prayer and search for a resident pastor came to a successful end when the church finally appointed Rev. Stevenson Alfred Williams. Rev. Williams is an African American from Philadelphia USA. He was trained in a conservatory of music and Bible College. Before accepting the appointment with Calvary Baptist Church, he was already in Ghana as the choir Director of Hour of Visitation and Evangelistic Association. (HOVCEA).

An Impressive installation service took place on the 30th October, 1977. Present at the ceremony were the following; Rev. Atiemo, Rev. Boadi, Rev. Barron. Rev. Bullington and Rev. Frierson. Rev. Bullington and Rev. Frierson did the laying of hands and Rev.  Williams gave the pictorial response.

ACHIEVEMENTS OF REV. WILLIAMS

Rev. Williams did a lot for the development and expansion of the church. He initiated and implemented a number of programmes and activities that brought about tremendous benefits to the church. Notable amongst them was his programme for training and encouraging people to develop their potential.  It is worth noting that among the many who formally benefited this programme where Rev. Fred Deegbe, Rev. Phillip Lutterrodt, Rev.  Wisdom Dafeamekpor, Tim Brew,Daniel Mensah, Divine Kuma and Nana Ampadu. As a matter of fact, the entire Congregation derived benefits from the ideas and activities of Rev. Williams.

WORSHIP

Hitherto, Calvary Baptist Church followed Orthodox Protestantism as practiced by the Southern Baptist Convention missionaries. In contrast to this, Rev. Williams changed CBC into a dynamic assembly. He introduced Baptist in the Holy Spirit and the use of the spiritual gifts.  This led to loud congregational prayers, singing, clapping and dancing during worship service as well as speaking in tongues. He also introduced a number of revival meetings. Indeed Rev. Williams raised the standard of praying, music and preaching in the church. He drew crowds with his preaching and impressive marriage ceremonies.

He started the Male Voice Choir and Mass Choir. He encouraged the youth to sing and this led to the establishment of the Gospel Missionaries. It was Rev. Williams who introduced conventional choir robes. He started the band and acquired a good organ for the Church. He established a church newspaper, Calvarian. He encouraged the church to participate in a lot of social action and this had the effect of publicizing Calvary in Accra and beyond.

PHYSICAL EXPANSION

With success comes a lot of responsibilities. Rev. William’s pastoral activities draw a lot of people to the church. To effectively take care of the challenges that come with a rapidly expanding Church, he undertook a number of projects. First was the physical extension of the auditorium to include the balcony. Also a pressing need was how to fund the various activities of the church. To meet these needs, He created awareness of the biblical principle of giving tithes and offerings in church. By so doing he raised the standard of giving in the church.

ADMINISTRATION

It became obvious that the existing administrative arrangement was no longer able to cope with the work of administering the affairs of the growing church. In response Rev. Williams laid the foundations for a more effective administration. He appointed the first Church administrator in March 1984. However, much of the routine work of the church had to be planned and executed by committees and auxiliaries as well as the church council apart from the already existing body of deacons.

Rev. Williams also took steps to ensure that Sunday school materials were produced locally. Initially it was a more economical to acquire Sunday school material from Nigeria. With the growth in membership, it became imperative to produce Sunday school materials locally. Rev. Williams also realized that the expanding church was gradually losing its former close fellowship so he instituted the sheepfold meetings. The sheepfold meetings were meant to help church members know and assist each other in their various localities and achieve better fellowship. All these activities of publicized the name of the church both in and outside Ghana.