Calvary Bible Church began in 1980 as a small group of believers originating from the Bellevue Community Church, and going by the name of Wood River Christian Fellowship. The group met together in the Hailey Grange Hall for several months before moving to the Hailey Elementary School multipurpose room.
Mr. Kurt Bell served as interim pastor for the first two months and was then called to be the full time pastor. He served from 1980-1983. During this time the name of the church was changed to Calvary Bible Church and a building fund was established to purchase land for construction of a church building. Pastor Bell resigned in the spring of 1983 and moved to Texas to be near his aging parents.
In the fall of 1984, Tim Baker was called to serve as Pastor. After meeting in a number of locations, the church found themselves back in the Grange Hall in the spring of 1985. Experiencing both spiritual and financial blessing, the search for land and design of a building proceeded in earnest. The Lord led to what is now our current location, a five-acre parcel of land in a central location just north of Hailey. It was purchased debt-free and the all-volunteer construction of the facilities began in the spring of 1990. February 23, 1992, marked the special dedication service.
Pastor Baker resigned in 1994, and shortly thereafter an educational wing was added to the church building. Pastor Noel Olsen of Northwest Independent Church Extension (N.I.C.E.) filled the pulpit and ministered through the summer of 1994. In the fall, Mr. Mick Hill was asked to serve as elder/teacher through December 1995. In March 1996, Bob Rodgers, a N.I.C.E. missionary pastor in Keyport, Washington, accepted the call to be our pastor. A year later, the church built a parsonage on the grounds. In 2002, after six years of service, Bob Rodgers felt the Lord leading him towards a Field Director position with N.I.C.E.
On February 26, 2003, Ron Brown and his family arrived in Hailey from Oklahoma, after answering our unanimous call to serve as pastor.
Great potential exists to add to and build up the body of Calvary Bible Church. The Wood River Valley continues to experience growth. The church feels a need to be a stabilizing influence in a community with a tourist and somewhat mobile population. God has proven to be tremendously faithful in answering prayer and meeting our needs here at Calvary Bible. We strongly believe that our greatest years of ministry are yet ahead of us.
The field is ripe for harvest!