Bishop Livingston Rolle
3/21/89 – 6/15/06 (Deceased)
Bishop James Brown
11/11 - Current
Our goal is to Win the lost, Teach them to be Fishers of Men and Encourage them to become Lifetime Advocates for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...
Walking each day in a More Excellent Way, obtaining a deeper life in God!
Mt. Calvary National Church of God, Inc. was founded by the late Elder Craven Ferguson, Sr. and his wife, Betty Victoria Ferguson on September 4, 1980 along with their four children, Veronica Ferguson Carter, Carolyn Annette Ferguson, Craven Ferguson, Jr., and Kenneth Lamar Ferguson, and spiritual daughter, Pethrona Morrison Campbell. Other founding members included Missionary Earlin Taylor, Missionary Margaret Taylor Williams, Missionary Steer, Missionary Jones & Family, Mother Edna Wilder, Brother Freddie & Sister Shirley Parks Jenkins, Brother & Sister Vincent Gibson, Sr. & Family, and Sister Lula Leggett and family. The church grew with leaps and bounds and additional members were added to the church within the next year.
Initial services were held at the South Miami Junior High School on Ludlam Road. However, seeds of this ministry had been planted in their spirits long before. They waited patiently on the Lord and on January 1, 1980 at 2:30 am, Pastor Ferguson received confirmation to start the ministry.
On June 14, 1983, the property located at 17500 SW 103rd Avenue was purchased and became the official location for the church. In 1987, Pastor Craven and Betty Victoria were ordained together as pastors by the late Pastor Paul Harris and Bishop B. Carter at the Bibleway Church of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. and in 1988, Elder Prince Ferguson, Elder Craven Ferguson’s brother joined the fellowship and became the Assistant Pastor. Elder Craven Ferguson became ill and shortly before the Lord called him home on March 21, 1989, Bishop Livingston Rolle was called to lead the church.
Bishop Rolle assumed responsibility of the ministry shortly after Elder Ferguson’s departing and served as Pastor until the Lord called for him on June 15, 2006. Under his leadership, the Mid-day and Intercessory Prayer services, and a summer camp were established. He continued with the development of church policies and annual meetings.
In addition he established the Mt. Calvary CDC, a faith based Community Development Corporation dedicated to assisting in the economic development and empowerment of area residents. He was successful in obtaining grants to fund the programs. The Mt. Calvary CDC, Inc. continues and is still committed to improving the quality of life in the South Miami-Dade areas by providing programs to educate, enrich and empower local residents. New programs include the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program sponsored by the IRS to assist in free tax preparation and a Photography workshop geared to train and prepare tomorrows’ photographers.
In July 2007, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Sister Melissa Scott as Pastor. Pastor Scott was installed in March, 2008. Under Pastor Scott’s leadership, the Outreach and Missions functions of the church were revived, Youth programs increased with an annual Youth Explosion, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School Review, a one hour Bible Study and a Neighborhood Prayer Watch was established from which souls have come to Christ, been reunited with the church, healed and/or delivered. In November, 2011, Bishop James Brown became our Bishop / Overseer. Elder Prince Ferguson continues to serve as the Assistant Pastor and Elder James Rollison currently serves as Associate Pastor.
The church has evolved to be an inspiration in the heart of the Perrine community and is affectionately known as “The Church of Genuine Hugs”.
We the members of the Mt. Calvary National Church of God, Inc. are a people united with one mind and one purpose and that is to do the will of our Father, the only true and living God.
Each of us are ambassadors of Christ and are ministers of reconciliation. Since Christ died for us, we are each obligated to live not for ourselves but for the Lord and to be His representatives in a world alienated from God.
We are committed to the Christian faith, to assist the believer in his/her quest to have a personal relationship with God, through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, till he comes to the fullness of Christ.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
Mt. Calvary National Church of God, Inc. was established to provide for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the Body of Christ, until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge and Son of God.
Our goal is to win the lost, and to teach them to become fishers of men. walking each day in a more excellent way to obtain a deeper life in God… till He comes!