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Second Baptists Plan Tribute To Minister

Rev. Mr. Carpenter Will Be Honored At Sunday Program

Members of the Second Baptist Church will honor on Sunday their pastor, the Rev. C. W. Carpenter, who has served here for the past 30 years.

At 3 p.m., there will be a special program paying tribute to the Rev. Mr. Carpenter for “the very fine and faithful service which he has rendered to the Second Baptist Church and the community.” The program is open to the public.

The Rev. Edwin J. Weiss, former minister at West Side Methodist Church who now is superintendent of the Chelsea Methodist Home, will be guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service.

The anniversary committee consists of Mrs. Nellie Monamus, Mrs. Hazel Spratt, Mrs. Odessa Robinson, Mrs. Louella Duncan, Mrs. Carrie Reed, Mrs. Clyde Smith and Usher Boards 1 and 2.

The Rev. Mr. Carpenter is the 14th pastor of the Second Baptist Church, which was started in 1865.

He came to Ann Arbor from Joliet, Ill., in November, 1929. Before arriving at Joliet, he had served as minister in churches at Duluth, Minn., Crawfordsville, French Lick, Marion and Muncie, Ind., and Toronto, Ont.

A native of Stanford, Ky., the Rev. Mr. Carpenter, 73, moved to Indianapolis, Ind., where he attended night school. In 1909, he was graduated from Tuskegee Institute as valedictorian. He then attended Payne Theological Seminary at Wilberforce University in Ohio, and was graduated from the Garrett Biblical Institute at Evanston, Ill. The Rev. Mr. Carpenter entered the ministry in Detroit in February, 1912.

Upon arriving here in 1929, the Rev. Mr. Carpenter found the Second Baptist Church deep in debt. Under his leadership, the congregation increased and, in 1953, the new $120,000 church was erected and dedicated at 216 Beakes St.

[image]:  The Rev. C. W. Carpenter