Our Church

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About Second Calvary Baptist ChurchA community church with a global vision

OUR VISION

Our vision is to be a congregation that lives in the power of the Holy Spirit and who is intentional about the work of missions and ministry.

OUR MISSION

We are “a community church with a global vision.”

WHAT WE BELIEVE

The core spiritual values of Second Calvary are our church’s guiding principles that help us in our decision-making and day-to-day operations. They are the primary biblical and theological motivators for the development and implementation of the church’s ministry model. These are the values, ideas and principles that are important in the life of the congregation. They are grounded in Scripture, which gives them strength and longevity. These are the Core Spiritual Values that are at the center of the ministry and spiritual life of Second Calvary Baptist Church.

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Pastor and First Lady Guns Leading with excellence while following God’s holy word.

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Dr. Geoffrey Van Guns

Senior Pastor
Rosettta Guns

Mrs. Rosetta Guns

First Lady
KEY LEADERS & STAFF
Reverend Dr. Geoffrey V. Guns, Senior Pastor
Deaconess Rosetta H. Guns, First Lady
Deacon Danny H. Miller, Chairman, Deacon Ministry
Deaconess Kimberly Davis, President, Deaconess Ministry
Trustee John Norfleet, Chairman, Trustee Ministry
Trustee Philip Brooks, Executive Administrator
Sister Jocquelyn Chapman, Church Clerk/Accounting Asst.
Deaconess Wilhelmenia Smaw, Church Treasurer
Sister Dana Joyner, Church Administrative Assistant
Reverend Gloria Williams, Church Accountant
Pastor’s Secretary, Vacant
Deacon Danny Miller, Chairman
Deacon Charles Jordan, Co-Chairman
Deacon Charles Barnes
Deacon Nathaniel Parker
Deacon Horace Spady
Deacon John Smaw
Deacon Joseph Torian
Deacon Tyrone Walker
Deacon Leon White

Deacons In Training

Brother William Parker
Brother Howard Alston
Brother Booker Murphy
Brother Randy Daniel
Brother Ozell Smith
Brother Clarence Oliver
Brother Anthony Williams
Brother Paul Bennett
Brother Randall Collins
Brother Tarance Majette
Brother Ernest Taylor
Deaconess Kimberly Davis, President
Deaconess Bantha Alston, Vice President
Deaconess Kimberly Davis
Deaconess Rosetta H. Guns
Reverend Chandrea Jordan
Deaconess Angela Miller
Deaconess Beatrice Payton
Deaconess Sarah Scarbor
Deaconess Wilhelmenia Smaw
Deaconess Sandra Spellman
Deaconess Mary Summerville (Emeritus)
Deaconess Audria Torian
Deaconess Mary Wilson
Deaconess Zueleanor Sessoms (Emeritus)

Deaconesses In Training

Sister Talitha Parker
Sister DeLydia Williams
Sister Nannie Carter
Sister Yolanda Matthews
Sister Debbie Boney
Sister Shinese Collins
Sister Demetria Majette
Sister Denize Daniel
Sister Michele Wright
Trustee John Norfleet, Chairman
Trustee Joseph Summerville, Co-Chairman
Trustee Cora Bridgers
Trustee Phillip Brooks
Trustee Bobby Buck
Trustee Donald Dawson
Trustee Debra Flores
Trustee Barbara Fornville
Trustee Hiram Holton
Trustee Ingrid King
Trustee Tanya Kearney
Trustee John Norfleet
Trustee Claudette Overton
Trustee Haywood Porter

Trustees In Training

John Paige
Kyle Bullard
Reverend Dr. Frank Guns, Sr., Senior Stateman
Reverend David Charles
Reverend Dr. Mary Colden
Reverend James Crump, Sr.
Reverend Joycelyn Crump
Reverend Ronald Godsey
Reverend Robert Goodrum
Reverend Nicole Guns
Reverend Roma Hall
Reverend Dr. Veronica Haynes
Reverend Chandrea Jordan
Reverend Regina Mitchell
Reverend James Prioleau
Reverend Leslie Rainey
Reverend Jamal Reid
Reverend Leray Smedley
Reverend Betty B. J. Stancel
Reverend John Stratton
Reverend Stanley Taylor
Reverend Weldon Thompson
Reverend Kenyetta Veal
Reverend Barbara White
Reverend Joseph Wright
Our Core Values

We believe…

…that the Word of God is the center of our preaching and teaching. The Bible is the standard by which we measure our worship and service to God. The Bible is the primary source regarding what God wants the church to be, become and do.

We believe…

…that the church must be actively engaged in the work of ministry and mission (local and abroad). The church must be culturally relevant and sensitive to the needs of those it ministers. The church operates beyond geographic, social, cultural and ethnic boundaries.

We believe…

…the church must have leaders who are Spirit-filled, committed, well trained, biblically qualified and led by the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, leaders must be open to the authority of the Scriptures, Senior Pastor and other spiritual leaders ordained by God\’s Word.

We believe…

….that the central purpose of the church is to be on mission for Jesus Christ. Thus, as members of the body of Christ we are committed to spreading the Gospel to the ends of the Earth using all resources available to us.

We believe…

…that the local congregation is the visible manifestation of the ”body of Christ” in the world. All members, with various spiritual gifts are equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit, must be sent out to exercise their spiritual gift for the work of ministry.

We believe…

…that families, children and youth are important to the life of the church. Therefore, people and resources must be dedicated to helping them grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, empowering them to reach their full God-given potential in the Kingdom.

ARTICLES OF FAITH

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.

We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.

We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.

We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.

We believe that the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life.

We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.

We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.

We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arise entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.

We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons whose Qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public, and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.

We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the Kings of the earth.

We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.