Second Baptist Church Houston

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Second Baptist Church Houston
DenominationSouthern Baptist
Senior pastor(s)Dr. Ed Young

Second Baptist Church Houston is a megachurch in Houston, Texas, USA that has a membership of over 63,000. Its senior pastor is Dr. Ed Young.[1] Second Baptist Church is aligned with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, which broke away from the Baptist General Convention of Texas in 1998.[2] A 2008 survey by Outreach magazine gave attendance at 23,659.[3] In 2009 average weekly attendance was 22,723, making it the largest Baptist church in the country and the 5th largest church.[4]

First campus[edit]

The church was founded in 1927.[5] In 1946 the church sponsored foundation of the Second Baptist School as a self-supporting agency.[6] The school occupies a 42-acre (170,000 m2) campus in the Memorial area and is open to students without regard to race, religion, or economic background.[7] In 1957, Second Baptist moved west to the current main location at 6400 Woodway Drive in Houston.[5] The Woodway church boasts a pipe organ with 192 stops and 10,412 total pipes, one of the largest in the world. This organ is no longer used, having been replaced by contemporary worship music.[8]

In 1979 the church launched a weekly broadcast of worship services on local television. In 1982 a local radio program began, as well as national TV broadcasting. Since then this has expanded into international television, radio and internet distribution of the church's message.[9] The church participates in the Faith Comes By Hearing Audio Bible listening program.[10] In 2010, Second Baptist Church brought on the best selling Christian book author, Gary Thomas, as a writer in residence. Thomas also serves on Second's teaching team.[11][[]

On Easter day in 2012 the church began Spanish-language services, hiring Alfonso Gilbert to lead in worship.[12]


In 1999 Second Baptist opened the West Campus. The West Campus has a 4,500-seat worship center with separate buildings for educational programs, weddings, funerals, and other events.[13] It includes a 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) classroom facility and a 600-seat black box theater.[14] In 2004 Forest Cove Baptist Church joined Second Baptist and was renamed the North Campus, and satellite campuses in Pearland and northwest Houston were established in 2006.[citation needed]

Under the leadership of Ed Young the church grew from an average weekend attendance of 500 in 1978 to over 24,000 today.[5] The church has been described by its pastor as "a town within a city", with an annual budget of $55 million. In addition to worship facilities it has fitness centers, bookstores, information desks, a café, a K-12 school and free automotive repair service for single mothers.[15]

In February 2006 the Second Baptist Church pledged $84 million to expand its three sites in the Houston area and to add others by using movie theaters across the United States.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Second Baptist Church". Second Baptist Church Houston. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  2. ^ Ken Camp (January 20, 2006). "Houston Baptist University president to retire". The Baptist Standard. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
  3. ^ "Top 100 Largest Churches". Outreach Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  4. ^ "Baptist churches' size, growth rank among top in U.S." The Alabama Baptist. October 8, 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Second Baptist Church". SiteCore. Archived from the original on February 28, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  6. ^ "About SBS: Past Present and Future". Second Baptist School. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  7. ^ "Second Baptist School". Houston Area Independent Schools. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  8. ^ "The World's Largest Pipe Organs Ordered by number of ranks". Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  9. ^ "Second Baptist Church: Ed Young". Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  10. ^ "Second Baptist Church Of Houston Takes Bible Listening Challenge". Faith Comes By Hearing / Hosanna. December 22, 2008. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  11. ^ "Woodway Media". Second Baptist Church. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Second Baptist will launch Spanish service on Easter." Houston Chronicle. April 6, 2012. Retrieved on May 3, 2014.
  13. ^ "Second Baptist Church Hits all Four Corners with Meyer Sound". Meyer Sound Laboratories. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  14. ^ "Worship Facilities: Second Baptist Church West Campus". Studio RED Architects. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  15. ^ Jesse Bogan (June 26, 2009). "America's Biggest Megachurches". Forbes. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  16. ^ Norm Miller (February 27, 2006). "Second Baptist Houston pledges $84 million for expansion". Baptist Press. Retrieved August 4, 2010.

Coordinates: 29°45′28″N 95°29′57″W / 29.7577°N 95.4992°W / 29.7577; -95.4992