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Our History

Second Providence was organized in 1949 by Essie Fogle.  The Holy Spirit spoke to her to plant a church.  Together with six other people, including her husband, Lucious, her daughter Martha, her son Philip and Rev. and Mrs. J.E. Baker they organized the Fogle Stone Mission. Shortly thereafter the Fogle Stone Mission petitioned the Council of Baptist Churches and Ministers, to be recognized as a Baptist Church.  The Council granted the request.  The church was renamed The Second Providence Baptist Church and located at 10 west 115th St. J.E. Baker was the first Pastor.  Rev. Baker resigned after serving for several months and Rev. Albert Lee Wilborn was called.
 
It soon became apparent that a larger edifice was needed due to the increase in membership and the Church moved to 1800 Madison Avenue.  Rev. Wilborn would later resign due to health problems.

In 1954, Rev. Felix Johnson received the call to the Pastorate of SPBC along with his wife Mary who became the church pianist.  Under Pastor Johnson’s leadership God blessed SPBC with tremendous growth and again a larger edifice was needed.  In 1958, the Church moved to 104 West 127th Street and then again 107 West 128th Street.  Rev. Johnson served faithfully for 33 years.  In 1987 he passed from labor to reward.

In 1989, the Reverend Lawrence T. Graves received the call to the Pastorate of SPBC.  Under his leadership the Church again came to outgrow its edifice and in 1996 SPBC purchased a new home at 11-13 West 116th Street.  Pastor Graves believed that ministry must be relevant and under his Pastorate SPBC established ministries addressing Education, HIV/AIDS, Teen Pregnancy, Drug/Alcohol Treatment and Poverty.  Pastor Graves passed away in 2004.
 
In 2007, the Reverend Kyshawn C. White received the call as the fifth Pastor of SPBC.  Pastor White established a new theme for the church “First Things First”.  Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

The church immediately saw an amazing shift due to Pastor White’s anointed teaching and preaching.  In Pastor White’s first month SPBC held it largest Baptism service at that point, with 10 souls being baptized into the body of Christ.  Pastor White has brought a Bible based approach to the ministry.  The Lord placed a vision within Pastor White for SPBC which is “Faith, Family, and Community”.  This vision centers on the building of personal faith, to build one's personal life and family, and the faith that builds the personal life and family will build the community.