Our story

Church Downtown is the daughter church of Calvary Baptist Church of Staunton, VA. Calvary Baptist is a church that has a vision to plant churches in the Shenandoah Valley.

Our Lead Pastor, Rob Spencer, began serving on staff at CBC in January of 2010 as Family Pastor. After beginning a new modern-style service within the walls of CBC, Pastor Rob felt God leading him to work with CBC leadership to continue carrying out their vision of planting churches. So with the blessing and support of CBC, in June of 2012, Pastor Rob, Pastor Mike Nay, and a group of committed Christ-followers from CBC began meeting to pray and make plans for launching a new church in Downtown Staunton, Virginia. In February of 2013 our core group of about 40 – 50 adults began meeting separately for Sunday Morning Worship Services within the walls of CBC. 


On May 5, 2013, we held our first service with our core group in the Visulite Theater in Downtown Staunton. For the next three months we continued to pray and prepare for the mission that God placed before us. On August 25, 2013, we officially launched Church Downtown, with the mission of being authentic followers of Jesus Christ, reaching the unreached, and multiplying the Kingdom of God. We are excited to see how God will continue to write the story of His Church Downtown!