Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get there and where do I park?

Second is located in downtown Detroit at 441 Monroe St. between Beaubien and Brush.  We are across the intersection from the Greektown Casino, across the street from Fishbone’s Restaurant and next to Firebird Tavern.

Free self-parking is available at the Brush Street Parking Garage at 1001 Brush Street (between Lafayette and Monroe across from the Atheneum Hotel). Enter the garage with a valid credit or debit card placed into the entry slot. No ticket will be issued to you. No charge will be incurred at entry time. Request a parking validation card at the church to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Free self-parking is available at the Greektown Casino parking structure on the I-375 Service Drive and Monroe (you must be 21 years of age to enter the garage).

Free valet parking is available at the Greektown Casino Valet Parking entrance at 555 Lafayette and at the valet parking structure at 1200 St. Antoine between Monroe and Macomb across from the Greektown Casino Hotel. (You must be 21 to go through the Casino to get to the Church).

What time is Worship?

Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Fill out the Visitor's Card before you come !

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What is the worship service like?

Second’s worship experiences has something for everyone. We enjoy singing songs of praise, contemporary Christian music, as well as the traditional hymns of our faith.  Prayer and music are a central part of each worship experience. All of the messages delivered from the pulpit by Second’s Ministerial Staff are based in the Bible, relevant to modern life,and intentional in teaching God’s word in Spirit and Truth, while delivering souls and bringing new believers to Christ.

What kind of church is Second?

Our Church is a spiritual home which nurtures social and spiritual growth and the identification of one’s spiritual gifts. We encourage and support our members in their life endeavors, dreams and goals. We look to each other for Christian fellowship and friendship and ways to help one another to edify GOD each and every day of our lives. Our church was founded out of the Baptist tradition. We believe in the public acceptance of Jesus Christ as one’s personal Saviour.

Who leads Second?

Second is led by Reverend Doctor Cornelius Williams our Interim Pastor since Rev. Dr. Kevin M. Turman, our pastor since 1988, retired.  Our Deacon and Trustee Boards provide spiritual and fiscal leadership for our congregation.  Our auxiliaries give diverse expression to the variety of gifts within our congregation for the benefit of our community.  Together we are the “priesthood of believers” and each of us is an important part of the one body of Christ.

What activities does Second have for children & young adults?

Our Church has an array of activities for children of all ages.   Our activities include mentoring and social groups specifically designed for young men and ladies. We have monthly age appropriate meetings with Pastor Turman, Children’s Choir, a Liturgical Dance Ministry, Bible Study, Junior Church, Kiddie Korner and Youth Sunday (fourth Sunday of each month) to name a few. We make it a point to teach the word of God to our children while empowering them to learn, lead and live as heirs to “The Kingdom.”

​​​How old is Second?

Second was organized in 1836.  Shortly thereafter, members of the church began participating in the Underground Railroad which helped runaway slaves escape to Canada.  Since then Second has played a significant role in the social progress of Detroit, the state of Michigan and indeed the world.  The first school for “colored” children was held at Second; the first “colored” school teacher was a member of Second;  more Presidents of the Detroit NAACP have come from Second than any other congregation; the first African American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Ralph Bunche, was baptized at Second.  We continue to embrace the legacy of spiritual force and social action.​