Meet Pastor McFarland
Pastor "Mac", as he is affectionately referred, is a Bible preaching, teaching, minister of the Word of God. Speaking the truth as plainly as possible, he helps people meet Jesus. Not just on Sundays, but everyday of the week and in all circumstances you'll find him sharing God’s Word and its practical application.
Dr. Allen R. McFarland is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Evangelical Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia. Dr. McFarland is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He attended South Carolina State University before moving to Washington, DC, where he attended Washington Bible College. He received a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from Liberty University and a Masters of Divinity, a Doctorate of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia. Recently in the Black Christian News Network (BCNN1), he was honored among the Nation's 70 Most influential Black Christian History Makers who are living today and are serving Jesus Christ with their various gifts and talents.
Dr. McFarland is a Board member of the following Organizations and Institutions: Trustee at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA; Liberty Church Planning Network, Lynchburg, VA; Association of Baptist for World Evangelism (ABWE), Harrisburg, PA; Atlantic Shores Christian Schools in Virginia Beach, VA; Kids Across America, Branson, MO; and the Former President of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association, Kansas City, KS; Dr. McFarland was elected as President of Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia.
Pastor "Mac", as he is affectionately referred, is a Bible preaching, teaching, minister of the Word of God. He worked ten years for the Federal Government as a Program Specialist. His journey in the Ministry began in 1972 when he read Isa. 52:7 by which he answered the call to preach the Gospel. He was Licensed in 1973 and Ordained in 1974 at the Evergreen Baptist Church in Washington, D. C. He also served six years as an Evangelist while attending Bible College and Seminary. In 1982 he accepted the call to become the Pastor of Calvary Evangelical Church in Portsmouth, VA. Under his leadership, the church changed its name to Calvary Evangelical Baptist Church. He is founder and Chancellor of the Angelos Bible College. Dr. McFarland exemplifies his passion and belief that the only road to successful Christian living is the direct application of the Word of God to one’s life.
Pastor McFarland and Doris, his wife of more than fifty years, are the parents of four daughters and one son and the proud grandparents of 16 grandchildren. Allena and husband, Gary Bell have four children; Tres, Chandler, Avery and Grayson. Dorena and husband Chris Williamson also have four children; Dante, Christa, Chase and Charis. Matina and husband Baron Taylor has one son Aaron and they resides in Little Rock, Arkansas. Regina and husband Jua Robinson have four children; Jordyn, Josiah, Joy and Jeremiah Allen. Philip, the only son, and wife, Stefani have three boys; James, Timothy and Matthew.
Pastor McFarland acknowledges and is strongly persuaded that "whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."