The Church is more than a religious organization; it is an organization with Christ as the Living Head. The members differ from each other, yet they function as one in the will of God. If one member suffers, the whole body suffers; if one is honored, all are honored; and the members should use their spiritual gifts to minister to all in love.
(I Corinthians 2:1-3) To be a part of this church, you must be spiritually born into it. Jesus Christ has made a way for all; He said, whosoever will, let him come.
Our church, Second Baptist began with the thought that the lower part of Homestead was in need of a Black church. Clark Memorial Baptist Church, located on the hill was the only Black church in Homestead. God touched a local preacher, Brother Prince Cunningham in a vision in 1905, and a church in the lower section of town was started. This missionary church began with a few people and was located at 226 Sixth Avenue in 1905. This soul saving station moved several times and had several preachers in its beginning.
Reverend N. S. Lane petitioned a council of leading Baptist ministers in Western Pennsylvania to recognize Second Baptist Church. In 1908 this council voted to recognize Second Baptist Church as a power for God and as part of the Baptist denomination in Homestead. Reverend Lane soon left and Reverend Z. A. Jones became the next pastor. Reverend Jones too had a short stay as pastor. He too did not have a long stay with us as a pastor.
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