"Reaching Tampa Bay communities with love through
the Seventh-day Adventist message of hope and wholeness."
Who we are...
Mt. Calvary Seventh Day Adventist Church has had a strong presence in the heart of the
Tampa Bay community for more than 110 years. We are a bible-based church focused
on leading souls towards Calvary by evangelizing and spreading the gospel about
the three angels' message found in Revelation.
We have uplifting, spirit-filled worship services and dynamic ministries to meet
your spiritual, mental, and physical needs. We are a diverse congregation with
multicultural backgrounds from over 30 different countries.
Mt. Calvary is part of the worldwide Seventh-Day Adventist Church which has over 17 million members worldwide.
Curtis B. Crider
Humble, practical and dynamic leadership describes the Senior Pastor of Mount Calvary, Curtis B Crider. He has been a pastor for more than 20 years. His pastoral assignments have led him to various places: Wilmington, DE; Chester, PA; Bladensburg, MD, Philadelphia, PA; Jacksonville, FL; Ocala, FL. His educational background includes - Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theology and Physical Education, Masters of Divinity, and Masters of Business Administration. Pastor Crider is currently enrolled in Doctoral studies at Andrews University.
Pastor Crider's core ministry purpose is that of building a safe ministering community that will help individuals grow in understanding of purpose and go to the next level of mature excellence in accordance with Ephesians 4:11-13. "So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."
He spends quality time studying the Bible, reading books, fishing, exercising, traveling and playing keyboards. He values mentoring church and pastoral leaders.
Pastor Crider has been married for 29 years to his lovely wife, Audrey Crider. Their union has produced three children: Curtis II, Ashley, and Angela. His favorite passage of scripture is 1 John 4:4 “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
Pastor Yvette Parham is a native of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. She is the last of five children born to Jeremy C. Swan, Sr. and Juanita Christian. Her father is a Baptist Minister and retired Captain of the U.S.V.I. Police Department.
Pastor Parham was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church on the first Sabbath of January 1990. Prior to becoming Adventist, she attended the St. Croix SDA School and was part of the Peter’s Rest Church Pathfinder Club. She especially attributes being part of the church’s youth activities and small group home Bible studies to her joining and staying in the Adventist faith.
Upon graduation, she attended Oakwood University where she obtained an A.S. Degree in Nursing. The following semester, Pastor Parham returned to start her Pre-Med studies. During this time, she felt the call to ministry. After much prayer, she enrolled and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministerial Theology. During that time, she met Darnell Parham who was also studying Theology. After graduation, he proposed and the two were married the following year.
In 2003, they matriculated to Andrews University and began their MDiv studies. In March 2005, Darnell Parham II was born and spent many of his days listening to the lectures in the Seminary. Two years later, Alessandra Parham was born during their time in Champaign, Illinois. The members of the Champaign, Decatur, and Peoria, Illinois churches were a delight and made the Parham’s ministry enjoyable. They then received word in January 2009 that they would be moved to the Bethel and Summit SDA churches in Lansing and Jackson, Michigan.
Unfortunately, on the morning of March 9, 2009, as they were traveling to their new district, the Parham family was involved in a car accident approximately 20 miles outside of Chicago, Illinois. They were the last stopped vehicle on the highway lane within a construction zone when another driver drove straight into the car’s rear.
All suffered injuries but it was little Alessandra, just shy of 18 months of age, that sustained the most critical. It was uncertain during this time whether she would survive her injuries. Her little brain had suffered much trauma and required some removal. Prayers went up on her behalf throughout the Lake Region Conference and beyond. After brain reconstructive plastic surgery and rehabilitation therapy, Alessandra was released from care within a month’s time. The doctors proclaimed her a miracle.
The Parhams continued on to Michigan in between this time to settle down in the Lansing area. Upon Alessandra's release from the hospital, they restarted their ministerial efforts in their new district. As the family seemed to finally heal from the tragedy behind them, a new one would surface. It was just a year after the accident that Pastor Darnell Parham Sr would hear the diagnosis that he had Stage 4 cancer. Ten and a half months later on February 8, 2011, he would finally rest in his battle with the disease.
During the middle of the year 2012, Pastor Yvette Parham then began to seek out God’s plan and leading for her and the children. After much prayer, she moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia seeking nursing work. After none of her job interviews produced results, she took the time again to pray and seek God’s will further. It was during this time that she was led to move to the Valdosta, Georgia area.
Upon arrival, she met up with an old friend, Pastor Winston Taylor, who was the current pastor of the Grace Fellowship Church. Needless to say, she remained there volunteering her time, skills and talents to the work of the church as an elder. She had recently taken up duties as the church’s administrator in 2015 when the call to join the Ministerial Team at Southeastern Conference was extended. Pastor Parham graciously accepted.
She was then placed at the Patmos Chapel Church in Winter Park, FL for a short time under the mentorship of Pastor Samuel Dade. After which she returned to the Seminary at Andrews University to finish her MDiv. While there, Pastor Parham has been involved with the Seminary Worship Team, Seminary Student Forum Leadership Team, First the Blade Ministries and evangelism at The Grace Place Church in South Bend, IN. She considers it an honor to have done evangelistic/community outreach under the mentorship of Pastor Hyveth Williams. Pastor Parham is thankful for her time at Seminary and is ready to return to ministry in the field.
Her favorite text is Revelation 21:4, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Pastor Parham cannot wait for this text to become a reality.