Welcome to The Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America

Who Are We?

We are a Pentecostal denomination comprised of member churches across North America, South America, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom.


Believing in God’s Word and Spirit

The Founder of this great church was Bishop Brumfield Johnson, a young, spirit-filled minister, associated with the United Holy Church of America and serving as pastor of the church in Summit, New Jersey. In 1928, Bishop Johnson and Elder Robert Pugsley traveled to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to conduct a revival. Approximately 250 persons were saved at this revival, and many of these new converts desired a church home shepherded by Bishop Johnson. The Winston-Salem church was officially incorporated in 1929, as Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America.

Bishop Johnson continued the work started in Winston-Salem. During a conference in Summit, New Jersey in 1929, twenty other ministers joined him. Bishop Johnson then traveled with an evangelistic team to Huntington, Long Island, New York where a great revival was held and many were blessed, healed, and saved. This led to the establishment of the Mt. Calvary Holy Church in Huntington.

Bishop Johnson and his fledging group of ministers then traveled to Boston, Massachusetts where they adopted the principles adhered to by the Mt. Calvary Holy Church. It was there that the church was chartered on July 27, 1929, with the following persons signing the charter: Bishop Brumfield Johnson, Bishop Lee R. Ligons, Rev. Van T. Pope, Rev. William Bryant, Bro. Augustus A. Granville, Sis. Josephine M. Spencer, Sis. Bessie L. Lipscomb, and Sis. Nancy Hall.

In the early 1930s, Mt. Calvary began to spread her wings as churches were planted in various cities across the country, including Staten Island, New York, Durham, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio. The first Headquarters was established in Baltimore, Maryland and later relocated to Buffalo, New York in 1942. The Headquarters was then moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1960 after the Buffalo church was destroyed by fire. The National Convocations were held in Boston until the International Headquarters was established in Washington, DC in 1991.

On February 15, 1972, Bishop Brumfield Johnson, went home to be with the Lord. Just weeks before his death, Bishop Johnson appointed Bishop Harold Ivory Williams to serve as his successor. Bishop Williams led the church for over 37 years as Senior Bishop. Under his leadership Mt. Calvary grew to include churches in over fifteen (15) states and many foreign countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

On August 14, 2008, Mt. Calvary entered into a new season of ministry as Bishop Williams chose to take emeritus status and elevate his spiritual sons, Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr., to the office of Presiding Bishop and Bishop Hansel H. Henry to the office of Executive Vice-Bishop. Bishop Owens becomes the third Presiding Bishop in the eighty-year history of this great Church, and Mt. Calvary is now looking forward with great anticipation to all that the Lord will continue to do. In the words of our Founder, “Let the heavens drop, let the skies pour out righteousness, and let the earth bring forth salvation.”

Our Values

Believing in God’s Word and Spirit

  • Holy living, as exemplified by a lifestyle that is lived in conformity to standards of holiness based on the bible and the moral guidelines of the organization.
  • Strengthening the family, as exemplified by honoring the scriptures in promoting family as being first before ministry and by offering programs and activities that support the whole family.
  • Training and development of people, as exemplified by our focus on offering classes, programs and opportunities for people to develop their skills and increase their efficiency in every area of their lives.
  • Excellence, as exemplified in the culture of our churches and in the way in which we treat and respect all people, along with the way in which we are committed to demanding excellence on every level of functioning.
  • Compassionate towards others, as exemplified in our basic love for mankind and demonstrated in our commitment to engage in missions on both a local and international level.
  • Addressing the spiritual and social needs of humanity, as exemplified in our efforts to help meet the needs of humanity through our giving of our resources and through our servitude.
  • Fellowship of the believers, as exemplified in the mutual sharing with one another in prayer, in worship, and in the celebration of all during times of being together as a body of believers.
  • Economic development, as exemplified by our empowerment of people to facilitate change, by our investment of our financial resources to demonstrate change, and by our giving of our tithe, time and talents to participate in change.