Fairfax Baptist Temple has a congregation of more than 1,000 which worships in the massive meeting-house that looms…More over the nearby Fairfax County Parkway. The church buildings sit just off of Burke Lake Road and are located on a 28-acre multi-use facility that includes playing fields.
Fairfax Baptist does a great deal to support the arts, starting with the fantastic orchestra, choruses and various musical ensembles it offers parishioners on Sunday mornings.
Local residents gather before the Sabbath's 10am worship service to share coffee and conversation in the church's grand, welcoming lobbies and corridors.
Members of the congregation make considerable efforts to make outsiders feel welcome, providing informative reading materials to guests during the service and a coffee hour with the church pastor afterwards, for example.
In addition to 9am Sunday Bible study and 5pm Sunday worship services, the church provides many distinct ministries, including a nursing home ministry and a Hispanic ministry. It also hosts numerous Bible study fellowship meetings for teens, singles, couples, seniors and other groups. Fairfax Baptist was founded in the 1970s by the current pastor's father, Dr. Bud Calvert.
Calvert's son, Dr. Troy Calvert, is a superb preacher - a fact doubtless reflected in the size of his flock; his sermons can be heard on the church's web site.
His wife, Becky Calvert, plays the piano and sings during worship services.
The congregation is primarily white, but other ethnic groups are well-represented; the church claims more than 250 Hispanic members. Members of this evangelical church are doing missionary work all over the globe; the flags of many nations hang symbolically over the sanctuary.
The church provides a sign-language interpreter during services.
Fairfax Baptist also has an affiliated K-12 Christian school called Fairfax Baptist Temple Academy, and the church is also a satellite campus for Virginia Baptist College.