<p>Internationals at Calvary<br />
Learn more about our community</p>
Internationals at Calvary
Learn more about our community


Bienvenido    Bem vinda    أهلا بك    Herzlich willkommen

До̍ропож̌лов̌т    欢迎来到    Velkommen!    ようこそ!

Vælkomin!    स्वागत हे    Kuwakaribisha!    வரவேற்பு

Hoan nghênh!    환영합니다!

United in Christ, the Calvary family is exceptionally diverse, representing more than 40 countries and dozens of language groups.

No matter your background or language, we invite you to join us to worship our great God and grow and serve alongside brothers and sisters in Christ.

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    ESL Classes
    English as a Second Language
    Register for Spring Semester!

    Calvary ESL (English as a Second Language) classes help internationals learn to speak English and understand American cultural expressions.

    We offer multiple proficiency levels plus pronunciation and discussion groups to improve vocabulary and conversational skills. New students take a placement test to determine their class level.

    ESL classes are offered at Calvary on Monday and Thursday mornings in three semesters: Fall (September), Winter (January), and Spring (March). Please see the current schedule below.  

    The cost is $55 per semester, including books and materials. Childcare is not provided.

    Spring Semester

    • New Student Placement Tests & Book Distribution
      Thursday, March 14  |  9:00 AM–Noon, Room 300
    • Spring Classes: March 18 – May 23  No classes April 1–4
      Mondays & Thursdays, 9:00 AM–Noon


    Winter Semester

    • Winter Classes: January 8 – March 7
      Mondays & Thursdays, 9:00 AM–Noon


    • Monday & Thursday Classes
      9:00–11:00 AM, Room 300
    • English Pronunciation
      Mondays, 11:15 AM–12:15 PM
      Room 242 — Levels Intro–2
      Room 402 — Levels 5 & Advanced
    • English Pronunciation
      Thursdays, 11:15–12:15 PM
      Room 401 — Levels 3 & 4
    • Windows to the World
      Thursdays, 11:15 AM–12:15 PM
      Room 242 — Levels Intro–2
    • Bridge to Life
      Mondays, 11:15 AM–12:15 PM
      Room 401 — Levels 3 & 4
    • Life Discussion
      Thursdays, 11:15 AM–12:15 PM
      Room 402 — Levels 5 & Advanced

    Contact: Pastor Sibu Rajappan, 704.341.5336, srajappan@calvarychurch.com or Kelli Van der Hoeven, ksvanderhoeven@gmail.com




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    Winter Elective Bible Studies
    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    Join us for Module 2

    Join us on Wednesdays

    6:30–8:00 PM

    Are you truly growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ? Are you open to what God is teaching you? We invite you to grow in your knowledge and understanding of the Bible and apply biblical truth to your life. Come be part of an elective Bible study on Wednesdays at Calvary!

    Module 2: February 14 – March 20 (five sessions with a break for Missions Conference)

    Check out the course descriptions below.

    Elective Courses 

    You may join at any time. Just sign in at your first class!

    A Study in Colossians
    Pastor Jim Cashwell | Room 238 & Zoom

    The supremacy of Christ is the message of Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae. Above all human wisdom and tradition, Christ stands supreme. Join us as we look at our wonderful Savior, who is preeminent and sufficient for all and in every circumstance.

    Let Your Kingdom Come
    Pastor Sibu Rajappan | Banquet Room & Zoom

    What should we make of all the turmoil in the world, especially with Israel? Is there a future for Israel? What is God doing with Israel, and why should believers in Jesus Christ be concerned? We will seek answers to these questions from God’s Word as we survey God’s unchanging covenants to His people and biblical prophecy regarding His Kingdom.

    Ecclesiastes: The Wisdom of Solomon
    Pastor Jim Pile | Room 402 & Zoom

    The kingly sage warns us that a life lived apart from God is futile emptiness. He declares in Ecclesiastes 1:1 that “All is vanity” to express that all earthly goals and ambitions, when pursued as ends in themselves, lead to disappointment and frustration. True wisdom, on the other hand, involves seeing life from a divine perspective! Trust God in the face of apparent futility and lack of purpose. Join us for this riveting study of the book of Ecclesiastes as Solomon provides wise counsel for living in a world of vanity. 

    Grace-based Parenting: How to Shepherd Tweens, Teens & Strong-willed Children
    Pastor Nathaniel Pearce | Room 226 & Zoom

    While parenting is a calling from the Lord, loving and leading our children when they are pre-teens, teens, and strong-willed children becomes more challenging. Yet these stages of our children’s lives present incredible parenting opportunities characterized by grace, hope, love, and the Gospel. Join us as we explore the intricacies of shepherding God’s precious gifts, even as they transition through new phases of life and vie for autonomy. 

    Such a Great Salvation: A Theological Study
    Peter Farynyk | Room 240 & Zoom

    The salvation that God provides for us in Christ Jesus is perfect. It starts with God’s promises, crescendos in Christ’s death and resurrection, and culminates with our being glorified together with Him. Join us as we look into Scripture to see how God works salvation in the midst of the earth and how we should live in light of such a great salvation!

    A Pivotal Week in All of Eternity
    Bob Boogaard  |  Room 233 & Zoom

    For Christians, Easter represents the most important event in all of human history — the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.  In this class, we will examine Scripture to study what is commonly known as “Passion Week.” We will look in detail at each one of these incredible days leading up to the crucifixion of Christ. Join us as we follow the Lord’s footsteps on the way to the place called Golgotha.  

    Discernment in an Age of Deception (Women Only)
    Aimee Haessly | Room 222 & Zoom

    How do we recognize error when it sounds so much like truth? To arm us against Scripture that has been “twisted,” we will learn the importance of context when studying the Bible (2 Peter 3:16). Using a side-by-side comparison of Holy Scripture with the published writings of unorthodox religious movements, we will discern the error in doctrines that have been extracted from biblical context. The goal of this study is to learn how to identify errors when they arise so that we are not misled. Then, we can help guide others toward God’s truth. 

    Non-Module Groups

    Teaching the Word: Fanning the Gift into Flame
    January 10 – March 20 (10 weeks)
    Pastor Rob Reece & Marc Martens  |  Room 401 (In person only)

    Do you wonder if you are being called to teach? If so, come and explore this possibility! The best way to determine if you have the gift of teaching is to ENGAGE — start doing it! Designed to help you develop and cultivate the spiritual gift of teaching, this class will include topics such as Spirit-filled teaching, learning and developing the basics of communication, lesson preparation and delivery, and basic theology (centering on our Articles of Faith). This class is also for current teachers seeking to refine and improve their teaching skills. For those interested (not required!), there will be an opportunity to develop a short lesson, present it, and receive feedback in a supportive and encouraging environment. Open to men and women.

    Divine Design: God’s Complementary Roles for Men & Women
    January 10 – March 20 (10 weeks)
    Shadon McAuley | Room 232 & Zoom

    Men and women are different. Yet, why is there so much confusion concerning gender roles? For decades, our culture has tried to blur the lines between the roles of men and women. In fact, in the name of equality, gender is becoming increasingly irrelevant. This ideology has crept into our marriages, homes, and churches. This class will consider God’s original intent for men and women. It will help you understand how your unique design can foster security, balance, and love in your marriage and family. Class participants are encouraged to purchase the book Divine Design — God’s Complementary Roles for Men and Women by John MacArthur. 

    Spanish Bible Study: Genesis  
    January 10 – March 20 (10 weeks)
    Bill Ogden | Room 227 & via Zoom Taught in Spanish with no translation

    Venga y estudie con nosotros el libro de Genesis.

    Wednesday Night Prayer
    Ongoing throughout the year
    Paul Hundrieser | Room 228 & via Zoom

    You’re invited to join us each Wednesday evening for prayer. We pray for each other, Calvary Church, our community, nation, and world. We meet continually throughout the year.

    Contacts: Pastor Rob Reece, 704.887.3696, rreece@calvarychurch.com & Debbie Bordwine, 704.341.5328, dbordwine@calvarychurch.com




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    ALGs for Internationals

    International Fellowship
    Sundays at 11:15 AM | Room 241
    Teacher: Sam Speights

    With members from around the globe, our multi-national group brings diverse testimonies of God’s grace and shares a deep love for the unifying truth of God’s Word. We enjoy quarterly fellowships, often filled with delicious international flavors! All nationalities are welcome; the group is taught in English.

    Hispano ALG
    Sundays at 11:15 AM | Room 237
    Teacher: Bill Ogden

    Meditamos en la palabra de Dios y la aplicamos a nuestra vida personal y familiar a la luz de nuestra experiencia Latinoamericana. This group is taught in Spanish without translation. 

    Slavic ALG
    Sundays at 11:15 AM | Room 328
    Teacher: Dar Hanjiev

    Добро пожаловать! This group is for those with Slavic backgrounds. Our focus is practical Bible teaching with a discussion-based format and application to our daily lives. Meetings include prayer, singing, and fellowship together. This class is taught in Russian without translation.

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    Worship Service Translation
    Spanish, Russian & Chinese
    Sundays at 9:45 AM by phone

    On Sundays, our 9:45 AM worship service is translated LIVE into Spanish, Russian, and Chinese.

    We also provide translation at selected holiday services and concerts.

    Get instructions here:






    Calvary has phone numbers that allow you to call in and listen to the service live or on-demand.

    Here’s how it works:

    • Call on your mobile phone or any telephone and listen:
      • Chinese — 877.748.3414
      • Russian — 877.734.4341
      • Spanish — 877.740.3413
    • To be notified when our worship service goes live, press “1” to receive a phone call before the service begins.
    • Please bring headphones or earbuds to use if you listen to the service live in the Sanctuary.
    • To listen to the translation during the service Livestream, connect to the Livestream on a mobile phone/device/computer and call the translation phone number using another phone/landline.
    • If you miss the live service, you may call the number at any time to hear the most recent sermon on demand.

    Questions? Contact: Pastor Sibu Rajappan, 704.907.7497, srajappan@calvarychurch.com