The people who gather together as Second Baptist Church have been doing so for a long time. In 1833, after the very first Baptist Church in St. Louis disbanded, a few brave souls founded Second Baptist Church. For more than 180 years, through various and sundry pastors, in several buildings, Second Baptist Church has remained faithful to its original calling - to be people of faith in this place.
We are open. We are open in our membership. We are open in our communion. And we are open in our acceptance. We believe that all people are children of God, and it is our privilege to accept anyone who comes into our fellowship. Jesus said, “Come to me,” and we extend the same invitation. You are welcome at Second Baptist Church if you are rich or poor, married or single, gay or straight, black, brown or white, uptown or downtown, insider or outsider, conservative or liberal, together or a mess.
We are progressive. Second Baptist Church chooses to look forward with confidence that God is indeed building a Kingdom wherein we are citizens who practice grace, love and mercy. As one person has said, “The currency of the Kingdom is love. Spend it freely.”
At Second Baptist Church we are not as concerned that we all agree as that we all love each other and challenge each other and care for each other.
We have no litmus test at Second Baptist Church. Rather, we practice a generous orthodoxy that encourages folks to seek Jesus and His Kingdom.