Water Baptism

What is water baptism?

After repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, Calvary encourages obedience to the Lord’s command of Water Baptism by immersion (Mt. 28:18-19). This act symbolically declares that a believer’s old sinful life died with Christ and that a new spiritual life with Christ has been raised. Therefore, in order to be considered for baptism, a person's life should reflect their new life in Christ and their commitment to obeying his Word. Please note: In that marriage is a biblical standard, couples who are living together and not married do not qualify to be baptized until conforming to Scripture.

When can I be baptized?

The next water baptism opportunities are scheduled to take place during both services on Spetember 3, 2017.

How can I participate?

Adults and children (grade 4 and older) are welcome. You will need to attend one of our 20-minute baptism orientation/registration meetings following each of our Sunday services on August 20 and August 27 in the Guest Welcome Center.

 If you need more information about being baptized in water, please email us or call 630-585-3279.

Baptism Testimonies

Carly Alagna

I have spent my life walking down a path that always felt empty. I have always felt that there was something missing in my life. For over a year, before I gave my life over to Christ, I was getting signs from Him. I just didn't want to see what He was showing me. Finally, only a few months ago, God didn't give me a choice not to listen to him. He became all I could think about from the moment I woke up in the morning to the last thought in my mind before I went to sleep. I decided to reach out to a close friend of mine that goes to Calvary and who has been trying to get me to come for as long as we have been friends. I told her my situation, and all she said was just to come to church and see how it made me feel. I came to church that following Wednesday, and for the first time in my life, I felt completely whole. That night, I committed my life to Christ, and I haven't stopped ever since. I want to be baptized because I want to have what I said out loud to be finalized in God’s eyes.

Jia Carpenter

Hi My name is Jia Carpenter, I asked Jesus in my heart on Easter day 2012. The reason I asked Jesus in my heart was I wanted to be a better person, I wanted to be forgiven of my sins and have eternal life with God. I believe that having a relationship with God will tell me what my future holds.The bible is the important thing in my life because it's God's word, and I believe that if I read the bible everyday it'll give me knowledge and it'll give me a path to have a relationship with God. I believe that being baptized is a huge step to being closer to God, and what I've learn is baptism is a public way of showing that I am a Christian and I'm proud of it.

Liana Finch

I feel that I have reached a new stage on my walk with Christ. After attending Calvary, I now truly understand the importance of putting my faith in God during my trials.

Taya Finch

When I was younger, I didn't believe in Jesus Christ. Since I've been attending Calvary, I have a better understanding in my heart who Jesus is. Now I believe and have given my life to him.

Donald Kaczmarek
My wife and I wanted a full water batism for years and saw Calvary Church has a great process. We did it! Christ lead by example so we follow his direction. We enjoyed the whole process. Everything was well organized, which was totally awesome, and taking the plunge under the water was a truly wonderful experience. We recommend it for a closer walk with God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

Chance Rice

I am 12 years of age, and I have been wanting to get baptized for over a year and a half. I have wanted to do it because I want to devote my life to Christ. I feel like being devoted to Christ would help me find my pathway and find who I am.

Kylie Schmitt

When I was about five years old, I decided that I wanted to follow Christ. Since then, I've encountered a few bumps in the road in my relationship with Him. Thankfully, I was (and still am) in a Christian home, so I never strayed from church. When we switched to Calvary church, when I was in fifth grade, I was upset because I had to leave my friends from my old church; however, I ended up making new ones here when I entered into middle school. I also learned more about Jesus's love for me and His plan for my life. As my old friends grew apart from me and my new ones grew closer, God was always constant. I'd love to say that I didn't make mistakes from then to now, but alas, it's a sin to lie. I went through a time where I had a lot of anger in my heart, but I was able to put a prayer on the wall of the NXTjhi room one day, and Jesus healed my heart. Now, as I finish up my eighth grade year, I want to make a public declaration of my faith and enter into high school with God's word in my head and love in my heart.

Robert Wolfe
I am presently on a transformation journey and wanted to profess my faith in Jesus Christ. Recently my alcoholism has brought me to a place of brokenness. I've decided to be baptized as symbol of the old me dying and the new me being reborn with a deeper faith in Jesus!

Ursula Dumm

I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior as a young adult, as well as the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, however I was never water baptized. I'm excited to enter this new chapter in my walk with God. I believe that He is going to do a new thing in me, and return the hunger to serve and accomplish that which is His will for my life.

Adellin Fernandez

This past month has made me realize that I was running away from God because I wanted to have control over every aspect in my life. I finally understand that His plans are far greater than what I can imagine. By getting baptized, I get to surrender and live with my heart abandoned, knowing that I don't have to fear the future.

Letha Howell

I was originally baptized in 1996. Since then, I’ve had twin boys who are now 15, and I am going through a difficult divorce with their Dad. I wanted to rededicate my life to Jesus—and publically display my desire to do so—for my children, who are being baptized with me. We’ve been in Illinois for two years, and are trying to make it home, but connecting is difficult. We would like to find some friends and a new Church family. My boys are having a difficult time with the divorce, and I’m hoping that by drawing closer to Jesus, they will find comfort and strength.

Samuel Jacob

I was born in a Christian home, and was baptized as a child in accordance to eastern orthodox tradition. After my emigration to Canada, and then to the U.S., I came to have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and accepted him as my personal savior. There were several miracles in my life that clearly showed me the Lord’s hand. However, I was not sure about taking adult baptism, since I was already baptized as a child. God placed this desire in me last year to rededicate myself to Christ for the rest of my life, and in obedience to the word of God in Mark 16:16, “Those who believe and then be baptized will be saved.” I accept Christ as my Messiah, Lord and Savior, and looking forward to His kingdom.

Taryn Joseph

I can't wait to be Baptized! He has always spoken to me, and I chose to ignore. He has stood by my side for many years. He provided me and my family with many blessings, even through our deepest lows. I can no longer ignore Him. I give Him my life. I love you Father.

Gloria Mendoza

My visits to Calvary have been very uplifting. I feel the songs are chosen especially for me, and Pastor Ross's sermons speak directly to me. I have witnessed the positive changes in my daughter's and grandchildren's lives since coming to Christ and being baptized. They are much happier now. When I heard about the opportunity to be baptized, I also wanted to be raised with Christ into a new life.

Valentina Navarro

I was originally baptized as a baby in the Catholic Church. Since I now attend Calvary, I feel that it is the right time for me to get baptized for my own reasons. This time, I am the one who is making the decision to follow Christ and fully trust the plans that He has for me. Baptism, for me, means a fresh start in my relationship with Jesus. It is a symbol of washing away all my sins and being surrounded by the love of God. I'm hoping that after baptism, my relationship with God will be complete. I hope to fully devote myself to Him for years and years to come.

Moises Rodriguez

I have always been involved with the youth ministry at Calvary Church, and at times I found myself enjoying the company more than the sermons. I remember seeing all my friends getting baptized throughout middle school and high school, and I felt the pressure of being left out. This year, my freshman year of college, I have finally realized that while my friends and family were being baptized, God was shaping me to become completely devoted to my faith. Today, I stand firm in knowing that everything I do is for the glory of God, and every accomplishment is a testimony of His love and blessings towards me. I live for God and God alone. Philippians 1:21 says, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." God has shown me that I live to glorify him—not for self-profit. God is good, and his love endures always.

Ashleigh Rodriguez

I'm getting baptized simply because I love God. I'm so grateful for all that God's done for my family and myself. I've been through some incredible highs and intensely deep lows. Through it all, and everything in between, God has never left my side.

Annu Samuel

I was born in a Christian home in India and was baptized as a baby according to the Eastern Orthodox tradition. However, I never had a personal relationship with the Lord. After my marriage, we moved to Canada and then to US. God placed us in Naperville, and we began coming to Calvary where God gave us several bible-believing friends. After attending prayer meetings and faith based messages from our pastors, I was inspired to dedicate my life to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I am taking this baptism in obedience to the commandment the Lord gave in Mark 16:16. The word of God clearly tells us that those who believe and are baptized will be saved.

Micah Sheneman

I grew up in and around the church, and spent almost all of my free time at church, yet never felt a real connection with God. I was baptized when I was seven, and gave my heart to Christ at a young age, but I wasn't living out my faith. Over the past year or so, my relationship with God has gotten so much stronger, and I want to publicly declare my faith to my family and friends.

David Vaughn

I grew up in a Christian home, but like so many, I chose to not follow Christ. He never seemed real to me, so I walked away. My parents had me baptized when I was very young, but at the time I had no idea why, or what I was doing. I rededicated my life Christ about three years ago now, and I am running straight for Jesus. The blessings, signs and wonders He has done for me and those around me, show so much proof that God is real. Since giving my life back to God, He has given me my soon-to-be wife, He has guided my career path, and He has held me up through thick and thin! God is here to love and save us. Now I am getting baptized by my own decision, and I am so excited to share this moment with many others in front of my Calvary Church family.

Javier Villasenor

I am getting baptized because I want to publicize that I believe that Jesus died on the cross to save me from my sins.

Abigail Wahlgren

I've always felt like I had to believe and I had to go church because I was a Wahlgren. But on the Wednesday after Breakaway, for the first time in my life, I felt like I belonged there. I had a moment where it was just me and God, and He kept saying, “I want you for you. I don't just want your name and family.” That's when I knew I truly believed in him.

Alyssa Williams

I want to be baptized because I want God to accept and forgive me for all my sins, help me with my life, and do good things.

Water Baptism Testimony Form

Briefly share your testimony.