Second Baptist Church is the oldest Black Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio. Second Baptist is the Mother Church of ten Baptist churches: Russell Street Baptist, Hildreth, Memorial Tenth Avenue, Shiloh, Union Grove, Bethany, Oakley, Good Shepherd and, Greater Love. However, three of these churches no longer exist under the name initially established. Additionally, there are three new names, Pilgrim, Union and Beulah.
In 1847, as the United States suffered under the burning issue of slavery, Second Baptist’s Pastor, James P. Poindexter, became an articulate and enthusiastic voice against slavery within our community. Second Baptist continues to meet the needs of the church congregation and community as it continues to spread the gospel and serve the Columbus area.
A brief historical biography and list of spiritual leaders of Second Baptist Church follows: