Second Baptist Church Reno was organized on June 17, 1946 with Rev. David B. Meadows officiating and Rev. Charles L. Dotson as Secretary. The first Pastor in 1946 was Rev. Sam Bell. Worship services were held at 765 North Street in Reno.
Rev. Slaughter was called to Pastor in 1948 and under his leadership, the property on 418 Toana Street was purchased. Rev. D. Faulkner carried on the worship services until his home going in 1964. Rev. William C. Webb, our current Pastor Emeritus, was called to serve in March 1964. Shortly after, we moved to our present location at 1265 Montello Street, where we started our building project.
During construction, the church conducted regular services at Glenn Duncan Elementary School. With a steady growth in membership, consisting of approximately 360 members, Second Baptist Church successfully paid off the mortgage in 1998. After forty-two years of service, on September 31, 2006, Rev. William C. Webb retired as Pastor of Second Baptist Church and Webb Legacy Day was recognized. Rev. Michael Randle accepted the call to serve as Pastor on May 18, 2008. Under his leadership, several ministries were developed including the Greeters Ministry, Program Planning Team and the Prayer Ministry.
Rev. Clarence Brooks, Jr., became the Interim Pastor in February 2015 to May 2017. Second Baptist Church celebrated Brooks Day on September 22, 2017 to thank him and Sis. Brooks for their dedication to the ministry and the Second Baptist Church family.
Minister DeSean Horne became Acting Pastor in June 2017 and in October 2017, he became the full time Pastor of Second Baptist Church.
Second Baptist Church, Reno has 22 active ministries working together to better serve the community and continues to empower its youth with the SBC and William C. and Violene Webb Scholarship, offered to students attending universities in state, and out of state to assist with tuition, books, room and board.
Second Baptist Church, Reno is committed to the community. We serve dinner to college students,
sponsor students to attend the HBCU tour of colleges and universities, feed the homeless with the Ministry Outreach, and support outside organizations such as the NAACP, NNBCAS, UNR BSO, Glenn Duncan Elementary. Crisis Pregnancy Center, and the Eddy House.
Those are a few organizations that share like-missions and goals; our collaborations with the community helps Second Baptist to be Committed to the Community and provide opportunities to: