SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH – OGDEN HISTORICAL SKETCH/SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
May 1971- Joseph Speech, Pastor of New Zion Baptist Church, left with sixteen (16) members (Church split)
July 1971 – Joseph Speech and the sixteen members met with the Executive Director (Darwin Welch) of Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention to discuss support for establishing Southern Baptist Church.
September 1971 – Second Baptist Church – Ogden was established with the support and aid coming from the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention. An old LDS Ward Building was purchased with a $15,000 loan from the Home Mission Board.
October 1971 – Other Southern Baptist Churches in the area provided funds, Bibles, Hymns, furniture and services needed to develop the physical and spiritual growth of the Church, as well as Church development.
January 21, 1972– The Second Baptist Church – Ogden was officially incorporated.
February 1972 – Organ and Piano were donated and a choir was organized by Mother Bessie Malone (a member of the New Zion Baptist Church). She maintained her membership at New Zion while providing services at both Churches.
March 1972– Pastor Speech was instrumental in providing the Ogden Community with a Sunday evening radio program.
August 1972– Pastor Speech left the Second Baptist Church and Utah, to return to his home state of Texas.
September 1972 – The Church struggled without the leadership of a Pastor. The small flock February 1973 dwindled down to three (3) members. Many potential shepherds came, only to remain for a short period of time.
March 1973 – Rev. Cal Carter was called to Pastor the Second Baptist Church. Under his January 1975 leadership, a Daycare Center at the Church was established, which enabled the Church to financially keep its doors open.
January 1975 – Rev. James Gates was called to serve as Interim Pastor.
June 1975 – Second Baptist Church called Willie F. Martin as their Pastor. Under his
November 1984- leadership, the Church began to grow and prosper. The lost were saved
and ministries were established to take care of those new Christians. Second Baptist Church went from a low of three (3) members to seventy-five (75) members during this time frame.
November 1984 – Second Baptist Church was without a Pastor and only had one elderly
March 1985- Deacon. Other local Churches from the National Baptist Convention came in to help establish a Deacon Ministry. Two local ministers were asked to serve as Interim Pastors.
January 7, 1985- Second Baptist Church, with the support of the local National Baptist Churches, ordained five (5) Deacons.
March 1985- A business meeting was held for the purpose of calling a Pastor. That meeting ended in total confusion and much hurt on behalf of the membership.
April 1985- Charles Petty, a former member who had been called into the ministry and was attending Bible College, was called as Interim Pastor.
April 1985 –A great degree of healing occurred.
July 1985- Another business meeting was held for the purpose of calling a Pastor. The call was extended to Charles Petty and several weeks later, he accepted the calling.
December 1985- William S. Beard was the first Minister licensed.
July 1988- First Ministers ordained at Second Baptist Church were William Beard and Walter Evans.
December 1989 –Mortgage Burning.
March – July 1990-Major Church Renovation, including a handicap ramp ($60,000.00)
February 1992 –8:00 A.M. Morning Worship Service was established.
March 1992 – Ordained four (4) Deacons.
March 1994- Ordained Tony Simmons and Mark Davis into the gospel ministry
May 1994-Ordained four (4) additional Deacons.