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Reverend Leon Troy Sr.

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Rev. Troy

Reverend Leon L. Troy was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended schools in Toledo, graduating from Scott High School.  He received his B.A. degree from the University of Toledo, his B.D. from Oberlin Graduate School of Theology and his M.D. from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.  He has done studies at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Francisco, California.  He has also received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Ohio Dominican College and the recipient of the 1997 Temple Israel Humanitarian of the Year Award.  Rev. Troy has held four pastorates in the State of Ohio.  The First Baptist Church, in Oxford, Ohio; the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Sandusky, Ohio; the Second Baptist Church, in Warren, Ohio and the historical Second Baptist Church, in Columbus, Ohio, celebrating 171 years of Christian Service.  He has 50 years in ministry and 40 years of pastoring.

While in Sandusky, he instituted a Head Start Program, as a result of this program, ten other Head Start Programs were developed throughout the city and the country by other agencies.

Land was purchased for the erection of a new church, a new parsonage was also erected on the site.  The church membership experienced great growth.  He pastored Ebenezer Baptist Church for seven years.

In Warren, Ohio, where he pastored eleven years, approximately four acres of land was purchased around the church, the old Second Baptist Church building was purchased from the city of Warren for $1.00.  The facility is now located on the present site of the Second Baptist Church; it is also one of the historical sites in the city.

A.             While in Warren he was elected President of the Ohio Baptist General Convention at its 74th Annual Conference, the youngest person to be elected President of this convention of 350 churches, with over 100,000 members.  He was also a teaching instructor in the State work.


B.              By virtue of being President of the State Convention, he became one of the Vice-Presidents of the National Baptist Convention, Inc., which has a membership of over 6,000,000.


C.              He was a delegate to Baptist World Alliance in Tokyo, Japan, in 1970.    Following the meeting Pastor and Mrs. Troy shared in a World Tour sponsored by the Second Baptist Church in Warren, Ohio.


D.              In 1975, he was a delegate to the Baptist World Alliance in Stockholm, Sweden, representing the Ohio Baptist General Association.  Mrs. Troy also accompanied him on this trip.

E.              He presented a paper on the Negro Church to the Southern Baptist Convention Missionary Society at their annual session in Glorita, New Mexico.  As a result of this session, the book entitled, The Black Christian Experience was published; Rev. Troy was one of the contributors.


F.               Instituted a Pre-School Center at the Second Baptist Church in Warren for children three to six years of age.  He had a faculty of ten persons.  This program was designed to prepare children in readiness for school.


G.             He served as the first Black member of the Warren Board of Education, serving one term as President.


H.              He served as a Trustee of the Ohio Baptist Convention of the American Baptist Convention, also served on the Personnel Committee.


I.                 He was Co-chairman of the “Operation Shoe Leather Committee," for the Warren Area Church.  This committee spearheaded the project which supplies shoes for needy children.


J.               In 1972, he was presented a Civic Award by the Warren Area Jaycees for outstanding achievement through loyal, faithful and unselfish efforts, resulting in lasting contributions to the community.


K.              He was given the Governor’s Award in 1974 for Community Actions by the former Governor, John L. Gilligan


L.               Since August 14, 1975, he has been Pastor of the historical Second Baptist Church, 186 N. 17th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203.


M.             In 1983, he co-chaired the campaign for the election of Dana G. Rinehart for Mayor of the City of Columbus, Ohio. He was appointed by Mayor Rinehart to be a Special Assistant to the Mayor on Community Affairs.  In this capacity he related to the Mayor, City Council and 21 other related organizations.


N.              He acted as the Mayor’s official representative, responsible for aiding and assisting those citizens of Columbus or special interest groups, with particular concerns or interests.


O.             Served as official representative for the Mayor on boards and commissions, such as Operation Feed, Metropolitan Human Services, Disaster Relief, Volunteer Corps, Blood Mobile Committee and other community affairs.


P.              Acted as representative for the Mayor in a variety of contacts with business and industry, administrative officials, service organizations and the general public.


Q.             Inducted into the Franklin County Senior Citizens Hall of Fame (Rev. & Mrs. Leon Troy, Sr.), May 2007


R.               Democracy in Action Award


Some of Rev. Troy’s Accomplishments at Second Baptist Church Columbus, Ohio:


S.              Led the congregation in the building of a Million Dollar Educational Wing.


T.               Led the congregation in establishing the Second Baptist Housing Corporation.  The congregation received a Section 202 HUD Project Grant of $1,750,000 to erect a 45 unit housing complex for the elderly.


U.              The largest buyer of property within a three-block area of the Second Baptist Church (29 parcels).


V.              Instituted with New Salem Baptist Church, “Operation Potato”.  Which, provided more than 475,000 pounds of potatoes to the needy.


W.            Pastor Troy was a recipient of the United Negro College Fund’s Distinguished Service Award.  Rev. Troy has dedicated twenty-five years of leadership service on behalf of the United Negro College Fund in three cities:  Sandusky, Ohio; Warren, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio.  He is very proud that three of his five sons, one niece, and one granddaughter,  are products of the United Negro College Fund Colleges.


X.              He established the Columbus Laboratory School for students, Kindergarten through Sixth grade, with particular stress on individualized learning with a staff of ten persons.  The school was certified and licensed by the City of Columbus.


He has served on the following Boards and Committees:


•   The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

•   The Baptist Pastor’s Conference.

•   The Metropolitan Human Services Commission

•   Vice President of Eastern Union Baptist College, Columbus, Ohio

•   Columbus Metropolitan Area Community Action Organization

•   The Columbus Volunteer Board

•   The Operation Feed Board

•   Disaster Service.

•   Employment Relations Task Force

•   Human Services in Franklin County

•   Shelter for the Homeless

•   Mt. Vernon Plaza Project

•   United Negro College Fund

•   Project Care

•   Special Assistant to the Mayor for Community Affairs

•   The Commission for Ethics and Values

•   Established a Visitation Center to minister to broken families.

•   Appointed by County Commissions to the Franklin County Children Services Board

•   American Red Cross Board

•   Recently appointed to the Columbus Board of Education

•   Special Ties

•   Appointed by Governor Robert Taft to the Ethics Commission for the State of Ohio

•   Jessup w. Scott High School Hall of Fame Aware for Outstanding Political Achievement

•   The Warren Area Jaycees Man of the Year

•   Governor’s Award for Community Action

•   Member of the Warren City Board of Education

•   First President of Board of Trumbull County’s Anti-Poverty Agency

•   Board Salutes for Contributions to the Mental Health System

•   Certificate of Distinction, Gen. Chairman – Centennial Celebration

•   Columbus Board of Education, Doctor of Humane Letters, African American Man of Faith Award

•   Temple Israel, Humanitarian of the Year, Soldier of Faith Award, Greater Columbus Habitat for Humanity Community Builders Award

•   Southeastern Christian Academy Tribute to Black Men, Distinguished Service Award for Education

•   American Red Cross Board Member

•   The Eastern Union Bible College Chairman of the Board

•   Columbus Works Board

•   City of Columbus Community Relations Commission

•   Education Committee for the Columbus Foundation

•   First African American Fire Police Chaplin for the Columbus Division of Fire

•   Honoring Our Elders, The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission


Rev. Troy is married to the former Berniece Jordan (75 years).  They are the proud parents of five sons; Leon L. Jr., Keith A., Adam K., Eric J. and Jay Scott (deceased).  They have three daughters-in-law, Brenda, Victoria and Gayle.  They also have eight grandchildren; Myeshia, Tiffane, Andre, Shanece, Kendall, Armand, Aris, Raykale and seven great-grandchildren.