Calvary Baptist and New Hope Baptist Partnership

Article in NonProfit Colorado Magazine About This Partnership Can Be Viewed By Clicking Here

Mission & Vision  

As two congregations that share Baptist heritage, New Hope (NHBC) and Calvary (CBC) partner together:

  • to build relationships as we seek to be a part of the work of racial reconciliation in Denver

  • to engage in our community around an area of shared social justice concern 

  • to learn from one another through meal fellowships, panel discussions, educational and artistic events, and shared worship experiences 

Both congregations are committed to this partnership for the long-haul. We understand that racial reconciliation is hard work and requires trusting relationships that develop over time. Through this partnership, our vision is to help break the silence about racial justice in our country, be a faith-based model of justice for communities within our city, and transform individual lives within our own congregations as we recognize and understand our implicit and explicit biases. Learn more about New Hope:

Click here for a detailed timeline of the history of our partnership. 


  • Pastors: Rev. Dr. Eugene Downing, Jr. (NHBC) and Rev. Anne J. Scalfaro (CBC)

  • Leadership Team Co-Chairs: Christine Flug (CBC) and Deacon Roy Smith (NHBC)

  • Leadership Team Members: Comprised of members of both Calvary and New Hope

Upcoming Opportunities


  • Sat., Mar. 9 – 9:00 a.m. – Women’s Day Brunch at New Hope Baptist Church (3701 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205).  The Women of New Hope Baptist Church have invited the Women of Calvary to join them at their 67th Annual Women’s Day Brunch. The brunch, which is open to the larger community, will feature a panel discussion on the topic of Women Working in Traditionally Male-Dominated Roles. There is no cost to attend the brunch; however there will be a free-will offering. We are hoping there will be a strong response from our Calvary women at this event; considering going with a group of friends from your class, circle, or small group. Please RSVP to the office (303-757-8421/ by Monday, March 4th to let us know you are attending so that Pastor Anne can let New Hope know how many to expect. 


  • Joint Women’s Choir for New Hope’s Women’s Day Weekend. All women are invited to sing in the 2019 Woman's Day Community Choir at New Hope. We willminister in song at New Hope Baptist Church's Women's Day Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, March 9 (9 AM) & Women's Day Service on Sunday, March 10 (10:45 AM).Colors are Navy, Sky Blue & Gold.A collection of lyrics & recordings of WCC music will be provided in the coming weeks in time to put it in your "shondo" BEFORE rehearsals! You can sign-up by emailing nhbcworship14@gmail.comand a link will be sent. Our scheduled rehearsals are listed below. SPREAD THE WORD! Thank you in advance! ~ Joslyn

2019 NHBC Women's Day Community Choir Rehearsal Schedule:

Tuesday, 2/19 @ 7 PM

Tuesday, 2/26 @ 7 PM

Tuesday, 3/5 @ 7 PM

Thursday, 3/7 @ 7 PM

Note: All rehearsals are at New Hope BC (3701 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205) and will begin ON TIME. Please be in the room PROMPTLY and prepared to start at the aforementioned time. - New Hope Annual Women's Day Community Choir, Joslyn Ford Keel, Guest Director


  • On Sun., Mar. 10 at 10:45 a.m. Calvary will join New Hope for Worship (3701 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205). As Calvary and New Hope deepen our partnership, this will be an exciting day as our congregations join together for the first time for a shared worship experience. As part of their Women’s Day Weekend focusing on Deborah’s story in the book of Judges, Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque (a friend/colleague of Pastor Anne and Pastor Mary) will be preaching and a combined women’s choir will be singing. Regular church school will take place at Calvary from 9-10 a.m., then you are encouraged to carpool to New Hope with others, or if you would like to reserve a spot on the church van please RSVP by calling the church office (303-757-8421/; space on the van is limited and seats will be reserved on a first come first serve basis. Please note: there will be no morning worship at Calvary on this Sunday, as this is a church-wide worship event.


  • Joint Good Friday worship service at 7:00 p.m. April 19, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church

Ongoing Community Engagement Emphasis: Education


We partner with Denver Public Schools (DPS) and related organizations to support students, families, and teachers in a variety of capacities. Our long-term goal is for CBC and NHBC to adopt a school together. The current volunteer opportunities in our partnership with DPS include:

1) One-on-one reading with students through the POWER LUNCH literacy program. After discussion and discernment with various opportunities within Denver Public Schools, Calvary and New Hope are pleased to announce that we began our partnership with Ms. Romero’s 3rd grade class at Stedman Elementary School in Denver, Colorado on Friday, January 11, 2019. This opportunity allows Calvary members and New Hope members to build relationships as part of the work of racial reconciliation through engagement with our community. The POWER LUNCH literacy program unites 30 Calvary and New Hope volunteers every other Friday to read with a classroom of 3rd graders. Each volunteer pair (one Calvary volunteer and one New Hope volunteer) is paired with a child, allowing us to model relationship building across generations and diversities.Training provided; background check needed. Learn more here. Interested in being a POWER LUNCH reading volunteer? Contact Christine Flugor Pastor Anne Scalfaro. They will put you in contact with DPS Volunteer Coordinator, Brenda Vasquez, and POWER LUNCH literacy coordinator, Katie Wienecke.

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2) Serving as a host at CBC or NHBC for a Parent Teacher Home Visit: Home visits are meetings between school staff and families focused on building positive relationships. Home visits are 20-30 minutes long, voluntary for both staff and families; hosted somewhere outside of school (home, park, library, faith community, etc.); and based around the question – what are your hopes and dreams for your child? When a home visit is scheduled at CBC or NHBC, a host from the respective church will greet the parents/guardians and the teacher, show them to their room, and provide basic hospitality for them before and after the visit. The host is not involved in the visit itself, rather the host serves as point of welcome and hospitality for the church. No background check necessary; training provided. Learn more: Interested in being on a list of those willing to serve as a host? Contact Christine Flugor Pastor Anne Scalfaro.

3) Joint Group Projects with CBC and NHBC Volunteers: On occasion, Denver Public Schools has need for a larger group of volunteers to assist in a variety of projects such as staffing a field day, painting a classroom, cleaning up a playground, etc. No background check necessary; no training necessary, just a willingness to serve! To sign-up to be notified about group project opportunities contact Christine Flugor Pastor Anne Scalfaro.