SENIOR PASTOR

T. Ellsworth Gantt II — is a native of Texarkana, Arkansas. He was born to Theodus E. Gantt Sr. & Era Opal Gantt.  He is a twin and the youngest of four children.  He attended public schools from K-12 in Texarkana, Arkansas.  He accepted Christ at an early age, and at 17 years old, he accepted his calling to preach the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 

Education – T. Ellsworth Gantt II graduated from Washington High School in Texarkana, Arkansas. He attended Bishop College in Dallas, Texas, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy; to further his education, he attended Perkins Theological Seminary and SMU. 

 

Leadership – In 1972 while attending Bishop College, he was called to Pastor, Hickory Baptist Church, in Nash, Texas. In 1976, he was called to Pastor, Zion Travel Baptist Church, in Clarksville, Texas. In 1977, he was called to Pastor, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, in Tucson, Arizona. In November 1990, he was called to Pastor, Second Baptist Church, in Riverside, California, where he currently serves as the Senior Pastor.  

 

Journey – God has blessed our pastor to produce many preachers/teachers, pastors and evangelists under his pastoral leadership. Pastor is a friend and mentors many preachers/pastors across the country.  He has been blessed to travel the country for leadership, stewardship and evangelistic services. One of the greatest experiences in pastor’s life is when he travel to Kenya, Africa, and ministered to his brother and sisters. In October 2016, Pastor and Lady T, traveled on a Mission Trip Hosted by Pastor Yesupadam Inty and the Calvary Baptist Church of Akividu, India. The experience from this mission trip has caused a life changing experience for our Pastoral family. Under pastor’s leadership, SBC is actively supporting Calvary Baptist Church of Akividu, India in feeding and clothing the poor families in many villages as they evangelist spreading the good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In addition, Pastor has had the privilege to preach the gospel in many states in the USA, and in other countries, including Holland, Africa, London, South America, India, and the Bahamas.

 

TBN – Pastor has been ministering the gospel on the Trinity Broadcast Network yearly. He is privileged to have an open invitation with the TBN family. 

 

Civic – Pastor has participated in numerous civic and community activities during the course of his ministry. He has represented the voice of Christian conscious in each community in which he has served. He has visibly established himself in Riverside by affiliating with the local, civic, schools and community organizations. He has built a relationship with local officials which include the current mayor and city council. His enthusiasm and charismatic personality brings joy to the Second Baptist Church family and those who cross his path.

 
Pastor’s Family – He is married to the former Ms. Tofa Faasasalu Polamalu with four adult children, and an eleventh year old, Keon. Pastor is a wonderful husband, great father to his children and 10 grandchildren. Pastor loves to spend quality time with his wife, lovingly known as Lady T, and son, Keon. He is a very involved father in Keon’s life. He has made himself known on the school campus, and at the local park sports organization where Keon is active. Pastor volunteers his time, talent and treasure to enhance his son’s future and all children of the community.