In 1980, God called Dr. James E. Daniels to begin a ministry for the English speaking population in the town of Carolina, Puerto Rico. Dr. Daniels responded to the call and January 1981, Calvary Baptist Tabernacle Ministries (CBTM) was constituted as an independent fundamental local New Testament Baptist Church. Since then it has been a missions-minded church desiring to reach the Caribbean people and regions beyond with the Gospel of Christ endeavoring to fulfill Acts 1:8 "... Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”.
In 1983, as the church grew, a Christian day school began for the purpose of training children to live for the Lord. The English speaking Calvary Baptist Christian School (CBCS) began with 17 students … now, a present enrollment of almost 350 students grades K-12. The school's goal is to prepare students academically, spiritually and emotionally to serve the Lord in the areas where He leads. Thousands of students have attended the school; many receiving Christ and some have become part of the faculty and staff. Recently the school added the Child Development Center for one- and two-year olds.
God has enabled Calvary Baptist Tabernacle Ministries to minister with a campus of seven acres of land, a complete educational building and recreational facilities in Barrio Martín González, Carolina, Puerto Rico.
In 1995, the Lord placed a burden on Pastor Daniel's heart to initiate the Calvary Baptist Bible College (CBBC) for training students from the neighboring islands of the West Indies. To date the college has prepared people from 18 different countries to serve the Lord. To name a few countries – from nine islands of the Caribbean: Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico; from South America: Bolivia and Venezuela; from Africa: Kenya and Zimbabwe; from Europe: Ireland; from the Pacific islands: Yap Micronesia and students from the United States.
Calvary Baptist Bible College offers three Bachelor of Arts degrees: Deaf Ministries, Elementary Education and Pastoral Theology. Minors are offered in Biblical Languages, Deaf Ministries, Elementary Education and Missions. Many graduates are serving the Lord as pastors, teachers and in other fields. Several graduates have partnered with Evangelist Tom Farrell and established Bible institutes in the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada and Haiti.
In 1999, a Spanish ministry was added to Calvary Baptist Tabernacle Ministries. Up to that time, the church was only an English speaking ministry. Because a number of Spanish speaking people were won to the Lord each year the necessity of a Spanish language ministry was realized.
In 2000, a ministry to the deaf community was started. Now, there are currently two deaf ministry graduates from the Bible college ministering in their home-countries.
Recently, regarding the continent of Africa and the need to train pastors (and that most Western Bible colleges are expensive by African economic standards) Calvary Baptist Tabernacle Ministries purchased 100 acres of land in Zimbabwe in order to start a Bible institute in that country. Students presently enrolled at Calvary Baptist Bible College are praying about ministry work in Zimbabwe.
With a growing English and Spanish congregation at Calvary, a Christian school, Bible college, Spanish ministry, deaf ministry and a worldwide outreach in missions, Calvary Baptist Tabernacle Ministries under the leadership of Dr. Daniels is poised for even greater opportunities in the ripened fields. It is exciting to see how the Lord is increasing the ministry.