Horton: Let’s celebrate ‘winning team’ at SCBC annual meeting

Recognizing that the yearly meetings of the South Carolina Baptist Convention are not as well attended as they once were, SCBC president D.J. Horton hopes to inject a spirit of celebration into this year’s annual meeting, to be held Nov. 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. “I’m hoping we’ll have the largest gathering of […]

Davis a ‘godsend’ for children’s home, says successor

Randy Harling, who took the helm as president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home on Sept. 2, says his predecessor, Ben Davis, has been a “godsend” to the ministry, especially in guiding the institution through the Great Recession that peaked in 2008. “Those were dark days for most non-profits, but Ben led Connie Maxwell through that period,” […]

For Ben and Polly Davis, Connie Maxwell is ‘place of hope’

Driving a visitor along the shady streets and country lanes of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood, Ben Davis clearly loves the “teaching farm” tucked away on a few acres in the southwest corner of the campus — not only for its tranquility, but also for the therapeutic role the farm plays in healing hurting […]

Former editor Don Kirkland publishes collection of personal and devotional columns in new book, ‘Something Ventured’

Don Kirkland, editor emeritus of The Baptist Courier, has published a collection of columns he wrote while serving as editor from 1996 to 2012. “Something Ventured: Selected Writings from My Career in Christian Journalism” (2014, CourierPublishing, $10), includes nearly 70 columns written under Kirkland’s signature “Commentary” heading. While the articles are reflective of the times […]

‘The child comes first’ for newly elected Connie Maxwell president

The president-elect of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home says he will do everything in his power to be “an advocate for the fatherless.” Randy Harling, pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, will become the next president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in September. He told his congregation May 18. He will succeed Ben Davis, who will […]

Jim Austin stepping down as SCBC chief executive

Jim Austin, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention since April 2007, has announced that he will retire on Oct. 7 of this year. Dwight Easler, chairman of the SCBC Executive Board, confirmed to The Courier that Austin, 60, told the Executive Board of his decision on May 28. Easler provided a copy of […]

SCBC official: Bats cleared, White Oak Conference Center safe for summer campers

With summer camps for youth and children set to begin in early June, the problem of bats invading sleeping quarters at White Oak Conference Center appears to be solved, an official says. Parents should “absolutely” feel confident in sending their children to stay overnight at White Oak, said Roger Orman, an associate executive director for […]

Randy Harling to be next president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home

Randy Harling, pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, will be the next president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. He informed his congregation Sunday, May 18. Harling will succeed Ben Davis, who will retire Sept. 1 after serving at the Greenwood-based ministry to children for 21 years. Davis has been president since 2002. Harling has served […]

S.C. Disaster Relief provides aid to its own, looks forward

At about midnight on Feb. 12, in freezing rain, Dorothy Edwards held a flashlight while Jack, her husband of 50 years, poured gasoline into a generator that powered lights and a small electric heater for an elderly woman in their community near Marion. Earlier the same day, in the midst of a winter storm that […]