The Calvary Assembly of God is changing its name to Calvary Church.
“We think it has a broader appeal,” Calvary Church pastor Brian Campbell said. “We’re not changing who we are, our core values. We’re simply changing our branding to the community.”
The name change is part of a two-year, $300,000 renovation of the church’s buildings and grounds at 5067 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. Work begins this month. Campbell said the church will erect a new sign on Chamblee-Dunwoody and will install new landscaping that will include a stone wall, garden and waterfall at the church entrance.
“With the economy, this is a very aggressive project,” Campbell said.
Campbell said the 39-year-old Dunwoody church wants to raise its community profile.
“We’re a very well-kept secret,” he said. “When you drive by, you see four purple buses and a playground.”
With the new landscaping and signage “it will look like something of a different place,” he said.
The church’s name has caused confusion at times, he said. The Calvary Assembly of God has been active in community events such as the annual Fourth of July parade, he said, but some Dunwoody residents didn’t connect the volunteers with the 300-member congregation on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road.
“Our vision is to be very much a community church,” he said. “It’s just part of who we are.”
The church continues its affiliation with the Assemblies of God. “If anybody is looking for an Assembly of God church, we’re still listed,” he said. “Anyone looking for an Assembly of God church will find us.”
The new landscaping project will remake a large, open area next to the church’s daycare facility where the congregation once had planned to build a new worship center. Those construction plans were scrapped, Campbell said, after the church remodeled another building to include a worship center with 732 theater-style seats, large television screens and an updated sound system.