The Calvary Story

Calvary Tabernacle was established in 1959 as Bro Charles Mitchell began to feel the call of God on his life.  As the Lord continued dealing with Bro Mitchell, he felt led to a small river town called Quincy, IL.  Since the 1920’s there had been an Apostolic effort in Quincy, but no permanent structure or pastor.  Bro Mitchell labored hard for the first few years, holding services in tents while literally buying and building the church’s first permanent location at the corner of 16th & Locust.  Even through a storm, which saw the first structure crumble, Bro Mitchell was determined to see a thriving, revival church in this city.  This building would be home to Calvary Tabernacle for the next 50 years.

In July 2009 the church moved to a leased space at the corner of 12th & Hampshire.  This new facility offered many new amenities such as parking, handicap access, more classrooms and more sanctuary space.  The next 7+ years spent at this location was an important time for our church and served us well until the building was sold in December 2016.

In January 2017, under the direction of pastor Greg Wilhelm, the church board of directors began discussions with the leadership staff from River of Life church located at 2901 Payson Rd.  After a series of meetings and discussions, River of Life opened their doors to us and we signed a short-term lease to rent their building in a ‘shared’ agreement.  With an current average unique attendance each week of 95-110 people, this facility has just enough space to fit all of our needs for sanctuary and classroom space as well as handicap access and adequate parking.  We have a good working relationship with River of Life and they allow us access most any time that we need but we must work towards a permanent location of our own.  

Calvary Tabernacle has been and will always be a safe place where children, families and adults come together to learn from the Word of God and feel the presence of the Lord.  Through outreach events like Adopt-a-block and through personal evangelism, we must reach our community.  We wholeheartedly believe that our message is one that needs to be shared with the people of Quincy.  With God’s help, we will lead people to experience more!