On May 16, 1985, Pastor Calhoun answered the call into the gospel ministry. After much contemplation and council from his pastor, the late Dr. W. L. Wilson, he preached his initialsermon on July 30, 1985 at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Upon being called to the Corinth Baptist Church in Union, South Carolina as interim pastor, Rev. Calhoun was ordained by the Spartanburg County Baptist Association on January 27, 1986. He was installed as pastor on July 13, 1986. As Pastor Calhoun was led to Corinth under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, his pastorate has been built on that foundation with much success. Among his accomplishments, Corinth is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; she has seen a complete renovation of the sanctuary and has built a new Fellowship Hall and classrooms. In addition, Pastor Calhoun has established a non-profit organization, Corinth Community Development Corporation which involves itself in community outreach programs, one of which is in Partnership with the UNITED WAY of PIEDMONT and the DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE, and the "STILL I RISE...", which serves the youth of the community.
Reverend Calhoun is a member of the Pacolet River Baptist Association, of which he serves as Dean of the Congress of Christian Education in SC, and is also Treasurer, The Baptist Education & Missionary Convention of South Carolina and The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Pastor Calhoun's early professional education allowed him to seek comprehensive training in the fields of Radiology and Nuclear Cardiology. His ministerial training has led to a Master of Ministry Degree, graduating from Andersonville Theological Seminary.
Reverend J. Archie Calhoun is a native of Troy, South Carolina (Greenwood County). He is married to the former Rubye H. Kendrick. They have been blessed with two extraordinary children, Dr. James Kevin Calhoun of Snellville, Georgia and Mrs. Kimberly Calhoun-Odom, a very fine son-in-law Mr. Aaron Odomtwo grandsons Andrew Demetrius Odom and Kendall Cole Odom, all of Charlotte N.C..