Arizona Mission Offering at Work: A base for ministry for Calvary Parker
By Noah Jaeger, Photos by Robert Smith | Aug 1, 2022
Because you give to the Arizona Mission Offering, the Arizona Southern Baptist Mission Network has given site grants to four church plants across the state so far in 2022. These grants help church plants acquire or remodel property so their ministries in their communities can flourish.
“[The site grant] helps a church plant reach its community when they have a space to do seven-day-a-week ministry, and while this grant won’t be the total of what they need, it communicates that Arizona Southern Baptists believe in the work of the Gospel they are doing in their community,” said Monty Patton, director of Send Network Arizona.
One recipient of a $20,000 grant was Calvary Baptist Church in Parker. This grant was for remodeling their recently acquired property.
Calvary Parker has strived to bring faith-based resources, such as a food pantry, Celebrate Recovery ministries and youth nights to their community. This grant further advances their vision of ministering to their community and leading people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus.
In 2019, Calvary Baptist Church in Lake Havasu City launched the Parker Campus. As Calvary Parker’s influence spread, they needed more resources and facilities to continue their work. They were meeting in a local school, which limited their potential for ministry.
However, upon witnessing Calvary’s potential outreach to Parker, First Baptist Church of Parker — which had been struggling to survive and was in the process of closing its doors — gave its property to Calvary. River Valley Mission Network assisted First Baptist through the process of redistributing their assets.
The newly acquired property was built in the 1950s and needed much care. A renovation was necessary. The site grant from the Arizona Mission Offering will help the church reach their community and demonstrate that the church is digging permanent roots in the neighborhood.
“The reason the church planting team decided to give this grant to Calvary Parker is because they have already shown that they are engaging the community with the Gospel and people are giving their lives to Jesus,” Patton said. “We want to be part of helping a church plant that is already active in the Great Commission expand its opportunities.”
As church planters, Calvary Parker’s Pastor Ruben Magdaleno and his wife, Johanna, greatly felt the encouragement and support from the generosity of Arizona Southern Baptists. Such a grant allowed their church to better focus on their mission and vision.
“We have a generous sending church, a generous convention,” Ruben said. “Both see the vision and mission, and both want to be about it. I don’t have words for it. It’s encouraging, and uplifting, and reminds us that we’re not alone.”
Because of Arizona Southern Baptists’ gifts to the Arizona Mission Offering, Calvary in Parker will continue to be a place of hope in the Parker community.
Noah Jaeger, a freelance writer and photographer, is a member of North Phoenix Baptist Church and is the launch catalyst with Christian Challenge AZ.
Robert Smith, a freelance photographer, is family pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Lake Havasu City.