After having returned to the USA for furlough from Zimbabwe, Rev. & Mrs. Philip T. List were asked to come to Nairobi, Kenya as missionaries to begin an International English speaking Church for those who might prefer services in English in Nairobi and other areas.
Through the enablement of the Holy Spirit Rev. & Mrs. List arrived in Nairobi in 1980. They studied Kiswahili and helped in the birth and the building of at least four churches in different areas of the city of Nairobi.
When Rev. & Mrs. List began the ministry, World Missions Ministries of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church provided most of the money to purchase property on Riara Road, Nairobi, which is the present site of Calvary Worship Centre. Services first began in the Stone House on the property.The church grew quickly through prayer, house visitation, Bible studies and hospital ministry. A wall was removed in the house to accommodate more people and at the same time a temporary building was erected. Not long afterwards, the temporary building was enlarged, while plans were drawn for the present permanent church building.
Calvary Worship Centre was officially dedicated to the Lord in 1998. Many people were present and it was truly a day of rejoicing. The members of the church worked with their hands many times helping with the construction of the church. Several kinds of fund raising had been made. There were many churches and friends from the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in the USA who made donations generously to help.
Since the time of the dedication in addition to continual growth, the church has sent many students to Bible School and they became pastors. Four students became National missionaries to other people groups in Kenya and other countries.
Conferences and seminars are often held at Calvary Worship Centre now for the benefit of the Pastors and church leaders in the six IPHC conferences in Kenya. It also presently serves as the International Headquarters for the IPHC World Missions Ministries for East Africa.
In addition to the English speaking ministry, we hold weekly services in Chinese, Arabic, Amharic, and Kinyarwanda/Kirundi. The church is also very involved in Missions outreach and supports at present 7 missionary families in Kenya and South Sudan.
Although Rev. Philip T. List, passed away in 2012, we continue ministry using the motto, “Forward with the Gospel” “Injili Mbeli”. To God be all the glory. The ministry continues under the leadership of Pastors and Missionaries, Rev. and Mrs. Ronald Wooten.