Water Baptism

What is water baptism?

After repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, Calvary encourages obedience to the Lord’s command of Water Baptism by immersion (Mt. 28:18-19). This act symbolically declares that a believer’s old sinful life died with Christ and that a new spiritual life with Christ has been raised. Therefore, in order to be considered for baptism, a person's life should reflect their new life in Christ and their commitment to obeying his Word. Please note: In that marriage is a biblical standard, couples who are living together and not married do not qualify to be baptized until conforming to Scripture.

When can I be baptized?

The next water baptism opportunity will be during the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services on April 22, 2018. 

How can I participate?

Adults and children (grade 4 and older) are welcome. You will need to attend a 20-minute baptism orientation/registration meetings prior to being water baptized. Orientations will be held following each service on April 15. 

 If you need more information about being baptized in water, please email us or call 630-585-3279.

Baptism Testimonies

Baptized February 11, 2018

Shekia Baker

I grew up in the church. I've discussed getting baptized with my father numerous times. My father sat down with me before he died and told me that I need to give my life to the Lord. I decided it was time.

Lauren Banda

I am deciding to get baptized as an adult because I have been walking with Christ for quite some time now. I was once baptized as an infant in a Catholic Church, however, I no longer belong to a Catholic Church and as a young adult, I wasn’t always living and leading a Christ-filled life. February 11 will mark my 27th birthday, and I feel it wasn’t a coincidence that Calvary decided to host water baptisms on this particular day. I know in my heart that God lead me to this decision and it will be a significant milestone in my life. I am honored to partake in this public baptism to re-declare my faith, proclaim my mission to be a servant of the Lord, and honor Him all the days of my life.

Mikal Bey

I am 14 years old, and I have been attending Calvary off and on for about 3 years. I am giving my life to the Lord because I know that is the only way. I have learned from attending church and reading the bible that Jesus is the light and the way. As I commit my life to the Lord and confess my sins, he will forgive me my trespasses.

Gabriel Boyd

I always believed that baptisms were only for those who are holy, for saints. I knew I wasn’t like those people, and continued to convince myself of that. However, that changed after I went to breakaway. God stirred something in my heart each and every night of that retreat. I felt that God was calling me to more. and I believe being baptized was the next step.

Aylani Castro

I'm 15 years old and, as a baby, I was baptized in the Catholic Church. I went to Catholic mass my whole life, but I never felt my connection with Christ. I knew God was so great, and I wanted to make him number one in my life, so I came to Calvary to hopefully gain a better understanding of who God was. As soon as I came in July, I felt the strongest connection I've ever had with God. I wanted to immediately get baptized and publicly show myself committing my life to Christ. God has given me the greatest purpose in life and shown me the greatest love. I am doing this to be cleansed of my sins, and to have a fresh start so I can be the best disciple I can be.

Araceli Dantzler

I was baptized as a baby in the Catholic Church. I attended mass here and there, but still felt empty, and I never had a close relationship with Christ. I've been coming to Calvary Church for about 9 years, and I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I am ready to get baptized and continue my journey to be more like Jesus and less like myself.

Marianne Flores

I am 21 years old and have been attending Calvary church for around 3 years. Two good friends of mine from high school always invited me to come, but I never really stopped to actually go to Calvary. I always admired the way they talked to other friends with such faith, and I realized how happy they always were. I wanted to be like that too. As a teenager in high school, it is very hard to follow the right path. You are always faced with temptation and peer pressure around you that misleads you from hearing the word of God. After high school, I dedicated myself to work and became distant with my family. Nothing was going the way I wanted, and I was not accomplishing the Goals that I had set for myself. As I was going through a hard situation, I came across a verse in one of my journals. It was Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you." This verse made me realize that no matter what I'm going through, God already has plan for me and I don't have to worry. What I need to do is open my eyes and follow His way. Latter, I realized that if something didn't go the way I wanted it to, it was because that's not what He wanted. When I left everything to Him, I saw many doors open my way and I became more thankful for the things that didn't turn out right. I know God has a great future for me, and I know I can do all things through Him that gives me strength. With this baptism, I know that my eyes will open to a new reality and my faith will grow stronger in a relationship with God so that I can be able to share His love to others.

Gracie Ghosh

I've been going to Calvary since as far back as I can remember. I was born into a strong Christian family and have been in Christian education for the majority of my life. I committed my life to the Lord at an early age and I have been following Him for a very long time now. I always looked forward to church and never felt like my parents had to make me go because I enjoyed it. Calvary is like my second home! My parents never asked me when I wanted to get baptized because they wanted it to be on my own timing. It wasn't until recently that it really became a thought for me. I went to the high school retreat at Calvary and came back feeling like God told me it was time for me to own my own relationship with him. Getting baptized to me is saying just that. I am deciding to wholeheartedly follow the Lord for all of my life because He is the only way.

Abigail Gonzalez

I’m 14 years old, and I have been attending Calvary since I was in 6th grade, but I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at a very young age. I like to think that I represent Christian character in the way that He wants. I started high school this year and went to my first high school retreat with NXT. I truly felt God ask me to create a better relationship with my friends, family and with him. Now it’s my turn to make a decision; I am deciding to wholeheartedly follow the Lord with every part of me because I know that God is the only Way.

Faith Hill

I started out not knowing God at all. Though not knowing anyone or anything about Calvary, I soon learned a lot and gained new friends. My mom started taking me to Missionettes, and in Missionettes, I became an Honor Star. I memorized a lot of bible scriptures, I did a lot of activities, and had a lot of fun learning about God.  I felt so happy after earning badges. It was not one moment that lead me to Christ but a progression of learning more and more of about God. God has helped me to be more confident and less shy and nervous. I know that He’s with me all the time.

Jared Jablonka

I accepted Christ into my life at age 14. I am 15 years old now. It has been an amazing journey so far. I have been learning the right way to handle certain situations. I have felt like a new person since accepting Christ. The Lord has been so good to me. I thank the Lord in prayer often. I thank the Lord for everything He has done and is doing for me. I love the way the Lord has been working in my life. The Lord had a message for me in the Bible that I received months ago. When I was younger, my Nana prayed for a verse to give me, and she said the Lord lead her to Deuteronomy 5:33. The Lord is amazing! Being baptized was the next step for me in my journey with Christ. Doing the right thing makes me happy and I know it makes Christ happy. Doing what is right is what I want to try to do every day. Even though I make mistakes, I can learn from them and try to do better.

Kayla Jablonka

I am 13 years old. I accepted Christ into my life about a year ago. Being baptized was the next step I wanted to take in my life. I wanted to be baptized because having a strong relationship with Christ means everything to me. He has done so much in my life, and I want to live by His Word and do my best in this world.

Rita Medina

In 2002, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Through the years, I've felt like there was never the right moment to start committing my life Him. I thought that once I got it all figured out I would do just that: commit to Him. I've decided to stop making excuses. I know in my heart that He accepts me for who I am, so today is the day that I will start my walk with Jesus. From this point on, for the rest of my life, I will serve Him for His higher purpose.

Michael Petillo

I started going to Calvary in May. The second I walked into service, I saw a community of people worshipping God in a way I have never seen. Coming from a Roman Catholic upbringing, I have never been part of a service that had so much energy—it was simply beautiful. To be able to see people having a moment with the Lord took my breath away. After months of attending, I was given the opportunity to serve as a leader in this year's Breakaway. I was able to create memories that weekend that molded how I will live the rest of my life, and I will never forget that. God tore every wall I had down, and I was able to finally come to terms with a lot of tragedy I have faced from a faith perspective, knowing that God has always been on my side. I was able to feel love like I never have before. I felt like I had matured in my faith and could more fully understand the community I fell in love with that one Sunday in May. I could not be more blessed to have had the support and love from my friends and family that I have at home and here at Calvary. I am forever thankful. God is good!

Kinja Richardson

My whole life, I have been told to believe in God but I never knew why until later as an adult. I had a rough childhood, and when things went wrong, I knew to pray but I didn't understand why. I now know that God has guided me through everything good and bad I've been through in life and has been right by my side. I feel his presence, I know his love, I understand the sacrifices made to make me whole, and I want to do everything in my power to make sure that the power and strength he has given me serves in his name forever and ever and always.

Darren Verhage

I am 14 years old, and today is my birthday into the family of God. I desire with all my heart to be born again and show my love and faith in Jesus and in what He did to show His love for me. I plan to be a missionary and travel the world sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ so that others can be saved and born again in His holy and wonderful name.

James Watts

I grew up in a home where my mother was a believer and was baptized as an infant.  I knew Christ at an early age and consistently listened to Moody radio. John MacArthur's teachings particularly impacted me and still do. After college, I recommitted my life to Christ. I recall reading Psalms, chapters 1 through 40. Psalm 34:1 is sort of my life verse: "I will extol the Lord at all times, His praise will be continually on my lips." I am married now for 34 years and we have 4 grown children. All in my family decided to get baptized as believers. God has led me to this point to make this declaration for Him. My wife and I love Calvary Naperville!

Tyler Woods

I was baptized as a baby in a Presbyterian church, but never felt a connection with God growing up. When I moved to Naperville three years ago, I began to attend Calvary. I started seeing God’s work in my life and my faith has continued to grow each week. I’ve decided to put God first in my life, and that’s why I chose to be baptized again.

Baptized November 5, 2017

Kumbirayi Makoni

I was baptized when I was a baby in the Catholic Church. Ever since I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, I have always wanted to be water baptized. I am excited to make the proclamation of my faith publicly on my own. We chose this special day for our whole family to get water baptized: my wife and our three children.

Katian Arenz

My whole life, my mom has always followed and trusted Jesus, even when we were going through some rough moments. Through the struggles, my mom never doubted her faith—in fact, it just made it stronger. Her love, faith and commitment to Jesus really showed me what a true believer looks like and how I want my relationship with Jesus to be. Even though I grew up as a Christian, I was never really committed until this past summer in IDT where God showed me the way to Him and told me that He had plans for me. Now I know who God wants me to be, and I want to live my life according to his teachings.

Nicolas Williams

I'm 11 years old, and the reason I want to get baptized is so I can have my sins forgiven and lifted from my shoulders and onto Christ. This year, I went to Kids Across America summer camp and it changed my whole perspective of how I look at the Lord. It made me feel that you don't have to be so serious and that you can have fun learning about Him, but not use the Lord as a crutch. I want to be baptized because the Lord is a very important part of my life and I need him to stay in my life.

Maud Makoni

I was baptized as a baby. As life has moved by, my Faith has grown. The Lord has told me: "It is time to be water baptized". So, I am being baptized as an act of obedience to the voice of God in my heart. I waited for my kids and husband to all come to the same place. It has taken this long. I praise God, my whole family will be baptized same day.  

There is no testimony without a test. In 2003, I lost my son during late term pregnancy. It was my first brush with death and left me shattered and depressed. On Mother's day in 2015, my mother suddenly passed and exactly four month later, we lost my father-in-law. My whole world collapsed right under my feet. In all this, l’ve experienced God’s grace and mercy. When David said “goodness and mercy will follow me,” he was right. In my struggle with grief, I leant to let go and allow the peace of God to win over my broken heart. I couldn't carry my loss alone, l had to depend on God. I let Him in my life and it was like having a friend walking with me. We walked together on the path to recovery while l talked with Him and He talked back to me. I grew to trust Him and became able to love Him through all the seasons of life. I know without a shadow of doubt that in my time of sorrow He was there to comfort me and to lift up my soul. For me, pain and sorrow actually produced a new person in me. To mark this important phase of my life and my relationship to God and to show my love to God, I will be baptized publicly in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Baptized September 3, 2017

Carly Alagna

I have spent my life walking down a path that always felt empty. I have always felt that there was something missing in my life. For over a year, before I gave my life over to Christ, I was getting signs from Him. I just didn't want to see what He was showing me. Finally, only a few months ago, God didn't give me a choice not to listen to him. He became all I could think about from the moment I woke up in the morning to the last thought in my mind before I went to sleep. I decided to reach out to a close friend of mine that goes to Calvary and who has been trying to get me to come for as long as we have been friends. I told her my situation, and all she said was just to come to church and see how it made me feel. I came to church that following Wednesday, and for the first time in my life, I felt completely whole. That night, I committed my life to Christ, and I haven't stopped ever since. I want to be baptized because I want to have what I said out loud to be finalized in God’s eyes.

Jennifer Calvillo
I grew up in a Christian home, and at a very young age I dealt with homosexual feelings. Then, at the age of 19, I found myself pregnant and married, and two years later, divorced. After that, I began pursuing women. During this time, God's word that was spoken to me as a child began to conflict with my desires. I was not aware that I had family constantly praying for me during this time, and trying to understand my views and struggles.

In 2014, on Easter Sunday, I was invited to church and experienced something I never had; I felt my insides expose and my heart convicted. I went up to the front and accepted Jesus in my heart. I never understood what the Holy Spirit felt like until that day. While I was still involved in a relationship with a woman at the time, by God's mercy, He allowed me to realize that by choosing sin, I was completely empty no matter my surroundings.

I began finding myself having conversations with God, and slowly those conversations became more intimate. With the help of many people, I have been able to work through the process of releasing sin and committing to God. I now go to church consistently and read my Bible and study it. Getting baptized is more than obedience for me; it is a public demonstration that I am free. I now understand the definition of love and the splendor of knowing God in a deeper way. I want to know Him more, and I want to be a healthier mom and woman. I also pray that my testimony help others who are struggling with sin that seems to be defying their life.

Carolina Conde
I was raised in a Christian home and was always taught to trust in the Lord. When I was expecting my 1st child, 13 years ago, the doctors told me she would not survive because I had 2 tumors that would require surgery during my pregnancy. During that time, I was in an abusive relationship, I was struggling to put food on the table and had no money to pay my rent. God has been with me every step of the way. Now, 13 years later, I married a man that loves my daughter as his own, I have 2 other children with him and I am happy to say I am tumor free. God has given me the strength and the ability to go after my education, and I now have an MBA and an amazing job He has provided to me. I have always had faith in the Lord but now I want to devote my life to him.

Sarayna Conde
The moment I knew Christ was with me was when there were horrible people saying unbelievable things about me to others. The things that were said would bring me and down and I would let myself believe I was all those things. I would cry everyday and needed God in my life, so my parents and I went to church and were prayed with. The more I prayed the less stressful my day was. Since that day, I've never stopped praying for me and others every night. I know God loves me, and I'm ready to begin this journey for God to forgive my sins and to be by my side. I'm ready to be baptized and give my life to the Lord.

Tyler Kuehner

I have been attending Calvary all my life, from Kids' Connection to Royal Rangers to NXT junior high, where I am now. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at a young age. I try to live my life following His commandments and His word. I am choosing to be baptized as an act of obedience. I want to show others that I am choosing to follow Jesus all my life.

Gerald Marrero
I first learned who Jesus was while in my Freshman year of high school, but I never truly accepted Jesus into my life until Junior year. Throughout high school I considered myself to be on a spiritual high; I was on fire for the Lord, but I was in an atmosphere where I was not challenged in my beliefs. Since graduating, I realize how easy it is for the devil to confuse you and to make you question everything you know. I have been feeling farther and farther away from God, and I don't want to feel this way anymore. I want to make a declaration not only to myself but to all my family and friends, but more importantly to God, that I want to end my old sinful life and start this new chapter in my life.

Andrew Mitts
I'm 13 years old. I have my ups and downs in life and I have made mistakes that I would like Jesus to forgive me for. I want to do this to follow him and ask him to stay with me on this journey in my life. I want him to keep on protecting me and my family. I want to be a true follower of Christ.

Matthew Mitts
I am 9 years old. I want Jesus to forgive me of my sins and I want to be a Christian and follow the Lord. I want to be baptized to show Jesus that I love Him and believe in Him.

Kayla Moss

Something unique about my story is that I was adopted from Russia. My wonderful parents decided to adopt me in 2001, and brought me to Calvary Church. I have been in a Christian home my whole life, but I still came up against life’s as I grew up and started making my own choices. When making plans for my future, I realized I was lacking the one thing that would really get me through everything: God. In the summer of 2017, I decided to do IDT for another year, and I also signed up for war week for the first time. This was the best decision of my life! It helped me really know that I am loved by God and taught me to feel the burdens of others. That second night, I decided to commit everything to God. I'm proud of my faith and excited to pass the good word to everyone around me. I want to get baptized because I think the best time to do it is with this flame kindling in my soul ready to spark a fire to spread God's love.

Raymond Odom

My mom dedicated me to the LORD after she and my father adopted me. At 8 years old, I dutifully followed my father's advice to be baptized. However, by adolescence and young adulthood, l was pursuing sin with reckless abandon. I married my wonderful and loyal wife, Joan, in 1980, and when she became pregnant with our first child, I realized that my life was out of control. That summer, 2 high school friends confronted me about being saved. We read key verses from the Bible and when we got to Rom 10:9, they asked if I believed in my heart that that God raised Jesus from the dead and I affirmed my belief and prayed to receive Christ as my LORD and Savior. God removed the years of pornographic images from my brain the night I prayed for forgiveness.

After that, my faith went to my head, but not to my heart. I enjoyed being "right" and proving others “wrong.” I wanted every accolade on my "resume for heaven." I became a youth Sunday School teacher and then a deacon. My blind loyalty to doctrine caused me to emotionally abandon my wife in her time of need, and soon I found myself having periodic but predictable "relapses" in my pornography addiction. This hurt my wife even more. I realized that my addiction to lust was strong enough to endanger my marriage and family.

We came to Calvary Church on the first Sunday that Pastor Ross preached as the new pastor. We loved the diversity, and our children became actively involved in the church. It has been a catalyst for their spiritual journeys. I eventually found a Sunday School class that dealt with lust, and I attended the class for years. About 3 year ago, God began to slowly show me through the scriptures what being a disciple really means. I thought discipleship was just a program for new Christians, and I figured those verses about giving up your life only applied to the "serious" missionary-type Christians. When I found a group using the term “disciple” to refer to new Christians, I met with some of their leaders and they asked if I had ever really repented of my sin. It became clear to me that I had not repented of my sins of intellectual pride, sexual lust, and love of the world. I began to seek genuine repentance, and God began to break my heart for the depth and damage of my intentional pattern of sin.

About that time, God also lead me to attend a group for men who were sexual addicts. Oh, how hard it was to walk in to a room of self-professed sex addicts! It was so very hard to admit that that label could apply to someone like me. This group has allowed me to see the true reality of God's love and the call to follow Jesus. I realized that I needed to make a decisive and clear commitment to follow Jesus in every way. Instead of just believing in Jesus—I now BELIEVE JESUS. I believe everything He did and everything He said. I have now been free of pornography and masturbation for over a year, and I finally see the fruits of repentance in my life through the GRACE of God. I met someone from Calvary for about 9 months of counseling, and he emphasized the need for me to love my wife through a changed heart. I finally came to see that a "changed heart" is by the GRACE of God through repentance and faith—Faith that God is willing and able to do for me what I could not ever do for myself.

I hesitated being baptized again because I did not know if my family would understand why I was being baptized yet again. But God has repeatedly confirmed to me that taking this public stand of obedience after repentance and commitment to follow Jesus is what I must do.

I am sorry to have written such a long testimony, but I wanted you to be able to see why an ordained church leader was getting baptized for a 3rd time. For me, the beautiful confirmation of God's call in my life to be baptized was when I went in to the orientation and saw the shirt that said, "I have decided to follow Jesus." I cry each time I think of that moment. Oh, how I thank God that He loved me enough to allow me to turn from my sin so that I might decide to follow Jesus! My baptism will be the public testimony of this unwavering decision.

Ashton Phillips
I am 11 years old. I have chosen to be baptized in the name of the Lord. I’ve wanted to be baptized since I was a kid, and have always followed the path of the Lord. I realized, as I started middle school, that God is stronger than anything and will lead you to success in life. I feel that this baptism will make me stronger in my relationship with the Lord, and His relationship with me.

Bruce Pusateri

I’ve always believed in God and I knew that Jesus died for us. I had the head knowledge, but my life was centered around "me." I would reach out to Him as I needed. It wasn't until I went through the most difficult time of my life when I recognized my sin and was broken to the point of despair. I realized it wasn't about me! I have been truly redeemed! I now live for Jesus and not myself. I am a disciple for Jesus Christ, and I am so thankful for God’s grace. I now live to glorify Jesus and share my experiences to advance His kingdom. I am so excited to publicly share that I have repented and want people recognize that Jesus is my Lord and Savior!

Xari Robinson
I grew up going to Christian schools and moving around a lot. It took me a while to realize why God was taking me on these bumpy roads that made me question my faith. For a while, I was holding back during worship. I didn't want to, but I could feel I was not praising with my whole heart. I was afraid of what people would think if I started jumping or putting my hands up. It felt like I was trapped, except I was the guard keeping me there. It wasn't until I started going to NXTJHI services that I knew God had a plan for me. I knew He was testing my faith, but still helping me along the journey. God is still working in me, but now I know who I am and who God wants me to be. Now I share God with my friends at school and bring them to church events. I know where I stand in my faith.

Cameron Solberg

I'm 17 years old, and I've been attending Calvary for the majority of my life. I went to Calvary Christian School from 1st grade to 8th. I gave my life to the Lord at an early age, and have been loving and serving Him longer than I can remember. I was baptized in the Catholic church as a baby, and being baptized again never really crossed my mind until recently. I am at a place where I can say with my whole heart that I will delight in following the Lord in all ways, because He is the only way. As an infant, I definitely did not have the same stance (or any intelligent thought for that matter), so I am making this declaration today: I will commit to the life of wholeheartedly loving the Lord my God and following His commands.

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