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?

We meet for Sunday Worship at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. We also gather together in smaller groups several times during the week. Depending on what you’re seeking for your own Christian experience and personal growth, there may be a group for you. Through our website, periodic emails, our Facebook page, Twitter account, and the Sunday bulletin, you can stay up-to-date with the activities of our Church family.

What is the worship service like?

Second’s worship experiences have 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 should I wear?

The Bible teaches that God looks at our hearts, not our clothes. So however you dress, whether you come in jeans, khakis, or suits, you will feel welcomed for who you are and fully supported while we all grow spiritually in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

What kind of people make up Second?

Second Baptist is open to any of God’s Children. Our Church Family ranges from infants, children, young adults, professionals and laborers, to golden agers. We are a congregation founded on love, kindness, unity and freedom from spiritual bondage.

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.”

What else is there to do besides Sunday Worship at Second?

Second Baptist seeks to find innovative ways of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through choirs, Bible studies, auxiliary mission groups, Mission Outreach efforts and other activities we seek to facilitate the growth and activity of our membership.  We have no monopoly on new ideas and seek to include new approaches to ministry whenever possible.

How can I get involved at Second?

Come visit us and become part of our church family. We welcome you to any of our worship experiences or church activities, to learn, fellowship and experience the joy and love of Christ with us.

Can I invite my friends?

Of course! You are welcome and we will welcome whoever you bring with you when you come.  We know that being by yourself in a new environment can be intimidating, so feel free to bring as many friends as you wish to share the services with you.  We have room in our sanctuary and plenty of room in our hearts.

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.