Pastor

First Lady

Assistant to the Pastor

Church History

Vision


The foundational supports of our vision for the Second Baptist Church established since our inception in 1848 have arrived in the twenty-first century still strongly intact. We are committed to the substantive principles of our founders which include church growth, church and community development, membership education, and service to God.

The fulfillment of our church vision over the years is seen in our five areas of focus. These areas of ministry which are designed to help us to accomplish our mission and fulfill our vision are Worship, Fellowship, Membership Care, Christian Education, and Missions. These pillars of faith support our twenty-first century mission statement: “The purpose of the Second Baptist Church is to give visible form to faith and fellowship to which God has called His people”. Second Baptist Church has a mandate from God to continue to be a positive catalyst for social and spiritual progress in the local and national community by being a Bible-believing congregation for the divine purpose of community transformation.

Church Leadership


The leadership of the church consists of two types of boards: the Governing Boards and the Advisory Boards.

Governing Boards

The Governing Boards of Second Baptist Church are the Board of Deacons and the Board of Trustees. These boards govern together as the Joint Board of the Church.

Board of Deacons

The Board of Deacons is responsible for all spiritual and ministerial matters of the Church.

Members of the Board of Deacons are:
  • James C. Shird, Chair
  • Vaughn Bennett
  • Lena Bradley
  • Carrol A. Jackson
  • Sharon Malone


Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for all the business and financial matters of the Church.

Members of the Board of Trustees are:
  • Vernelle Hamit, Chair
  • Willie Dunham, Vice Chair
  • Rhoda Shorter, Church Financial Secretary
  • Lena Bradley
  • Sharon Malone
  • Geraldine Sumpter
  • Mariessa White

Advisory Boards

The Advisory Boards of Second Baptist Church are the Board of Deaconesses and the Board of Christian Education.

Board of Deaconesses

The Board of Deaconesses is responsible for assisting the Board of Deacons in spiritual matters of the Church.

Members of the Board of Deaconesses are:
  • Wandra Brown, Chair
  • Geraldine Sumpter, Treasurer
  • Ernestine Bartley
  • Elsie Hammond
  • Angela Heath
  • Patricia Ireland
  • Sheila Jackson
  • Myrna Jolly
  • Ozella Mitchell
  • Elaine Nolton
  • Rhoda Shorter
  • Mary Terrell
  • Georgia Thomas
  • Janice Tyler

Board of Christian Education

The Board of Christian Education is responsible for all educational matters of the Church.

Members of the Board of Christian Education are:
  • Wandra Brown, Director
  • Grace Davis
  • Vernell Hamit
  • Angela Heath>
  • Sharon Malone
  • James Shird
  • Geraldine Sumpter
  • Rev. James S. Terrell
  • Mary Terrell
  • Georgia Thomas

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Second Baptist Church


Location

Second Baptist Church
 816 Third Street NW
 Washington, DC 20001

 Telephone: 202-842-0233
 Fax: 202-842-4573
 Email: sbcnwdc@verizon.net

GUEST FAQs


How do I get there?

Located on 3rd STREET NW between H and I STREETS NW in Washington, DC at:
 816 3rd STREET NW WASHINGTON, DC 20001

FROM WASHINGTON DC - near Union Station

Second Baptist Church is five minutes from Union Station.
 From Union Station, go towards H STREET NE, make a LEFT onto H STREET.
 Cross NORTH CAPITAL ST. NW. Cross NEW JERSEY AVENUE.
 Bear RIGHT towards 3rd STREET.
 Turn RIGHT onto 3rd STREET.
 The church is located on the left side of the street in the middle of the 800 block.
 End at 816 3rd STREET NW WASHINGTON DC

FROM MARYLAND – Silver Spring

Take US-29/GEORGIA AVE.
 Turn LEFT onto BLAIR RD NW
 Turn RIGHT to stay on BLAIR RD NW
 Turn SLIGHT LEFT to stay on BLAIR RD NW
 BLAIR RD NW becomes N CAPITOL ST NW/
 N CAPITOL ST NE
 Turn LEFT onto HAWAII AVE NE.
 Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto N CAPITOL ST NE.
 Turn RIGHT onto H ST NW.
 Cross NEW JERSEY AVENUE.
 Bear right towards 3rd STREET.

FROM MARYLAND – Baltimore 295

From 295 going South, bear right toward NEW YORK AVE, Route 50 WEST.
 Stay on NEW YORK AVE, cross BLADENSBURG RD NE, cross FLORIDA AVE NE.
 Turn LEFT onto N CAPITOL.
 Turn RIGHT onto H STREET NW.
 Cross NEW JERSEY AVENUE.
 Bear RIGHT towards 3rd STREET.
 Make a RIGHT onto 3rd STREET.
 The church is located on the left side of the street in the middle of the 800 block.
 End at 816 3rd STREET NW WASHINGTON DC

FROM VIRGINIA

Take the 14th Street bridge, by heading north on I-395 toward WASHINGTON
 Remain on I-395 and take the exit toward MASSACHUSETTS AVE.
 Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto 2ND STREET NW
 Turn LEFT onto H STREET NW
 Bear RIGHT towards 3rd STREET.
 Turn RIGHT onto 3rd STREET.
 The church is located on the left side of the street in the middle of the 800 block.
 End at 816 3rd STREET NW WASHINGTON DC

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Where do I park?

Second Baptist has a parking lot located adjacent to the church on the North Side of the building. Additional parking is located on the street. On Sundays, worshipers are allowed to park on both sides of the street. Worshipers are also allowed to park at the parking lot located at the corner of 4th and K STREET NW. The church is a short one block walk from the lot.

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Where do I go?

There are 3 entrances to the church. You can enter the church from the North side front steps which are closest to the church parking lot. You can also enter the church from the South side front steps. The Holloman Hall entrance is wheel chair accessible and a door bell is available when assistance is needed. Enter the Holloman Hall and turn left at the first hallway to enter the lower auditorium.

Sunday School is located in the lower auditorium, down the stairs from the foyer of the North and South side entrances.

The Main Sanctuary is located up the stairs, from the foyers at the North and South side entrances. The Ushers are at the entrances to the Main Sanctuary on both the North and South sides to greet you and answer any questions.

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What do I wear?

No matter what your personal style, you’ll be comfortable at Second Baptist Church. If you prefer dressy, business, or casual attire, chances are there will be others dressed much like you no matter when you visit. Yes, Sunday mornings are a time when many prefer to dress up a bit, but most of all, we want you to be comfortable in your style as you worship with us. Naturally, Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons are more casual than Sunday mornings, but remember, we want you to be comfortable during your time with us.

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Can I meet the Pastor?

The Pastor would love to meet you! Rev. Terrell is available in the back of the church after worship every Sunday morning to personally greet everyone. Take a moment to say hello after the morning church service.

If you would like a more in-depth visit with the Pastor, please call the church office to set up a time for a personal visit or phone call.

The church office is available Tuesdays from 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M & Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Call 202-832-0233 to schedule a visit. 

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How do I become a member?

We invite you to become a member…

You may become a member in one of the following ways upon the recommendation of the Board of Deacons and the vote of the Church.

  • By Baptism – A person professing faith in Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Savior and adopts substantially the views of faith and principles of Second Baptist Church.
  • By Letter – A person who is in substantial accord with the views of faith and the principles of Second Baptist Church may be received by a letter of transfer from any Christian Church.
  • By Experience – A believer of worthy character who has formerly been a member of a Christian Church, but who is in substantial accord with the views of faith and principles of Second Baptist Church may be received upon his/her statement of experience.
  • By Restoration – A person who has lost membership may be restored to membership.
  • By Watchcare – A person who is a member of another Christian Church but sojourning in this area for a brief period of time may be received into membership of Second Baptist Church for a period up to one year. College students may unite under watchcare while they are enrolled in a local institution of higher learning.

You may express your desire to become a church member by:

  • Going forward at the conclusion of the Sunday morning sermon during the invitation to Christian Discipleship.
  • Scheduling an appointment to meet with the Pastor and later going forward during the invitation to Christian Discipleship.

What's next? You will be seated at the front, and the Pastor will introduce you to the Church Clerk. The Church Clerk will ask your name, address, etc. The Pastor will then present you to the church family for a recommendation from the Board of Deacons and a vote by the church family.

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