Second Baptist Church of S.B.'s 100th Anniversary Celebration

Commemorate the centennial anniversary of the church's first service in 1910.

When: Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, 3 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Social: Meetings


Second Baptist Church has served Santa Barbara and surrounding communities for a 100 years, come join us commemorate this special day of celebration.

We are expecting a large number of people to attend our celebration, in anticipation services and reception are located at:

Where: First United Methodist Church -- 205 East Anapamu Street,
Santa Barbara, CA (at the corner of Garden and Anapamu St.)
When: September 12, 2010
Time: 3:30 PM

Second Baptist Church was established in 1910 by a small group of African American families, who wanted to worship and practice their faith in Santa Barbara, California. This is exactly 100 years after the first worship service was held in the living room of one of the groups worshipers. Rev. H.B. Thomas, within a short period of time, became the first pastor. He served as pastor for almost forty years and during that period of time he performed as the organist, Sunday School Superintendent, and teacher. The church was initially named Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, but was later renamed Second Baptist Church on April 28, 1924. Rev. H.B. Thomas, was also an accomplished architect, he was primarily responsible for rebuilding the church in 1925 following an earthquake, that demolished the church. As a civil rights activist, he worked tirelessly to helped many in the community to prevail in lawsuits involving civil rights and property issues.

Over the past century Second Baptist Church has been a beacon in this community and beyond. During his 35 years tenure, the late Pastor Leander L. Wilkes, 1969-2004, developed several programs. Such as providing care packages for the homeless, he helped to establishment a learning resource center, that provided after school individual tutoring, along with other church and community base activities.

For the past four years, under the faithful leadership of Pastor Wallace K. Shepherd, Jr., Second Baptist is effectively commitment to serve Santa Barbara’s communities. Pastor Shepherd has create an outreach programs – supplying students with back to school materials, scholarships, an annual picnic/carnivals in which games, and prizes are given to all children who attended. Pastor Shepherd has acted as Chairperson on the Board for the Dr. Martin Luther King annual celebration, along with Second Baptist Church sponsoring the event concurrently for the past three years. In 2006, he reinstituted the food distribution program and established a food pantry. He was instrumental with the church’s participation in the Environmental Coalition of Faith Organizations (ECOFaith). ECOFaith’s mission is to create a green enviornment with fossil free energy by 2033 – Second Baptish is comitted to becoming green, we are educating our congregation, our community, to think green in our personal lives. We look to the furture with plans to create a six unit senior residence on church property at 1032 East Mason Street, Santa Barbara.

Come join us as we look forward to the next 100 years of winning souls for Christ.

Phone: 805-636-8133

Event posted Aug. 31, 2010
Last updated Aug. 31, 2010


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