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        My name is Pastor John B. Cartwright, and I serve as the Senior Pastor at Calvary Independent Baptist Church. God led me to found this church in 1977, when my family and I moved here to Delaware County. God has wonderfully worked through the years to bring many people to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and also to help many to take new steps of discipleship in their walk with the Lord. I pray that God will bless you richly as you visit us; and that if you do not know Christ as your Savior, that you will receive Him into your heart today (Romans 10:9-10). 

In Christ's great love and mine too, 

Pastor John B. Cartwright 
Phil. 1:6


If you have any questions or need prayer, please reach out to me by calling the church office or sending me an email. I would love to be of help to you!

(610) 328-4330 (Calvary Independent Baptist Church)

My Story

        John Cartwright graduated from Sharon Hill High School in 1964. He was a scholar-athlete, earning ten varsity letters in football, baseball, and basketball. John received offers from over thirty colleges and universities, and from the then Kansas City (Oakland) Athletics. He chose to further his education, and his athletic career, at the U.S. Naval Academy. In his sophomore year, John succeeded Roger Staubach as quarterback. He went on to break 13 of Staubach's records, and set 7 other records of his own. In 1968, John was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy. That same year, he married his childhood sweetheart, Thelma Themens, and began his tour of duty, which included a long deployment in Vietnam.

        In the early days of Liberty University's existence, John became assistant football coach under Lee "Rock" Royer, and succeeded him as head coach at Liberty in 1973, after Rock's sudden death in a plane crash. He graduated from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 1976. He returned to his native Delaware County in 1977, and founded Calvary Independent Baptist Church.

Unshackled: Testimony of John Cartwright

      Each episode dramatizes the true life testimony of people that have been Unshackled by God’s grace. Radio episodes include the life stories of baseball great turned evangelist, Billy Sunday, international banker turned homeless vagabond overnight, Dominic Mance and Navy football great turned pastor, John Cartwright. 

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