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The congregation of Second Baptist Church of Independence, Missouri was established in November 1861. It has a rich history of more than 153 years as a vital and integral part of the Independence community. This congregation has been serving God by reaching out to people in supporting their needs and promoting Christian values and morals in the community.

The church is known as the oldest African-American congregation church west of the Mississippi River. In the state of Missouri it is known for being the first school for Negroes. The Western Baptist Bible College established by the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri was organized at Second Baptist Church. Western Baptist Bible College is currently located at 2119 Tracy Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri

During the bicentennial celebration of Independence, the Bicentennial Commission appointed by the City Council as one of the twenty-four historic sites in Independence recognized Second Baptist Church. Resolution No. 1088 issued by the City council along with a Bicentennial plaque was placed at the Second Baptist church.

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Our Vision, Our Mission, Our Calling

Our mission is to be a congregation of joyful members who exist for the sole purpose of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through faith, trust, hope and worship. We further pledge to live our lives in accordance with the Scriptures and display love one toward another.

Our vision is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our members, the community and all those we meet in accordance with the commission of Jesus Christ so that all people have the opportunity to be saved. Matthew 28:19-20


What We Believe

Our congregation is fueled by a firm belief in the teachings of our Lord, and when we are together under the Holy Spirit of God — we become one. We welcome you to join our community and discover His power in your life. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more. We are always open to visitors and new worshipers who want to come and pray with us.

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