In 1963, Rev. Robert McKinnies travelled to the west side of Flint, Michigan with a vision to build a church.
Over 50 years later, his vision lives on. Under the leadership of Rev. McKinnies’ son, Bishop Keith McKinnies, and grandson, Pastor Tim McKinnies, the church has experienced continuous and rapid growth. Hundreds have received the gift of the Holy Ghost and been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and countless lives have been changed.
The mission of Calvary Apostolic Tabernacle has always been the same: to reach the city of Flint and surrounding areas with the power of the gospel. We invite you to partner with us in this mission and experience the miraculous!
We value truth.
Jesus once said, “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32, KJV). Freedom always begins with revelation, and we’re convinced that a relevant church must preach relevant truths.
We value unity.
The Bible teaches that the church is one body made up of many different members (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12). In order to function properly, we must all be “in one accord” (Acts 2:1). When we’re bound together in purpose and vision, God can do incredible things.
We value family.
When you walk through our doors, we promise to make you feel right at home. We pride ourselves on being a friendly church with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
We value community.
We love to serve people. Whether it’s giving away chili dinners to those in need or making sure all children have a safe haven on Halloween, we strive to be what Jesus called “the light of the world… a city that is set on a hill” (Matthew 5:14).
We value diversity.
God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34) and neither are we. Our doors are open to people of all races, genders, nationalities and social classes. Come as you are!
We value compassion.
There are many hurting people in the city of Flint and our goal is to reach as many as we can. We want our church to be a hospital where wounds can be mended and lives are completely restored.
We believe in one God.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:4).
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).
“Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58).
“I and my Father are one” (John 10:30).
We believe that the God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament. His name is Jesus.
We believe that the Bible is His divine, expressed word.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
We believe that the Bible is the word of God and, therefore, the ultimate authority on all things.
We believe in repentance.
“Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death” (2 Corinthians 7:10).
“I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matthew 9:13).
“Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We believe that true encounters with God will always produce change.
We believe in baptism.
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16).
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:10-12).
We believe that baptism—by immersion, in the name of Jesus—is absolutely essential to salvation.
We believe that the Holy Ghost is for everyone.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38-39)
“He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” (Acts 19:2).
“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4).
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh” (Joel 2:28).
We believe that one must be born again, both “of the water and of the spirit” (John 3:5), to be saved. This spiritual rebirth happens when one is filled with the Holy Ghost, with evidence of speaking in tongues. Scripture clearly teaches that Holy Ghost baptism was not merely a tool for the first-century church, but a gift from God to be enjoyed by all people, of all backgrounds, for all generations.
We believe in holiness.
“For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44).
“Put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean” (Leviticus 10:10).
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
To be “holy” means to be “separate”. We believe that a true Christian must distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. Though we live in the world, we are not of the world.
We believe in freedom from sin.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).
“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” (Romans 6:18).
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
We believe that all people—regardless of past mistakes, struggles or circumstances—can be freed from sin. Jesus Christ has conquered death, hell and the grave. Through Him, we are victorious!