Men find good food, gospel at ‘The Barn’

On an unseasonably mild late afternoon in February, a setting sun expends the last of its warmth on a red barn in southern Greenville County, about five miles west of Fountain Inn. Two chattering boys toss a football near the barn’s twin garage-door openings, while Chloe, a 6-month-old black Lab, works earnestly to make a visitor feel welcome, shaking off a spray of pond water.

SCBC budget misses mark in 2013

South Carolina Baptists were $1.14 million shy of funding the state convention budget in 2013, marking the fourth budget shortfall in the last five years. Budget receipts from churches totaled $27,458,991, about 4 percent below the $28.6 million targeted in the SCBC spending plan. The state convention budget, which is supported primarily through Cooperative Program […]

Easley churches come together to preserve childcare ministry

More than 200 families will continue to have access to Christian-based childcare and educational development, thanks to a recent agreement between two churches in Easley. Geer Memorial Baptist Church and Easley First Baptist Church, less than two miles apart, merged their child development centers in December. The newly combined center, which serves 275 children and […]

Finding Faith in the Locker Room

During the opening week of the football season at North Greenville University, after evangelist R.V. Brown spoke to the team, 13 players prayed to receive Christ as Savior. That experience “sparked” something in senior punter Jacob Buckley’s heart, who for a couple of years had been holding a Bible study in the house he shared […]

North Greenville student remembered for caring spirit

A North Greenville University student who died Oct. 10 after falling while hiking near a steep waterfall is being remembered by staff and students as a warm and gregarious person who “touched so many for Christ” during his life and in the days following his death. Brent Elrod, 20, of Piedmont, was a Christian studies […]

South Carolina Baptists choose new convention officers

Newly elected officers of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, from left, are: Verla Bennie, member of Mauldin First Baptist Church, recording secretary; Shane Donald, pastor of Cedar Shoals Baptist Church, Belton, second vice president; D.J. Horton, pastor of Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church, Spartanburg, president; Tommy Kelly, pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church, first vice […]

D.J. Horton elected SCBC president

D.J. Horton, pastor of Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church near Spartanburg, has been elected president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Horton, 36, received 244 of 407 votes cast by messengers to the SCBC’s 193rd annual meeting, held Nov. 12-13 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. Dusty Bradshaw, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in North […]

SCBC messengers to elect president on Wednesday

Messengers to the two-day 193rd annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention will reconvene Wednesday at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia to elect a state convention president and other officers. The Courier is posting live updates from the annual meeting on Twitter (@BaptistCourier) and Facebook (Baptist Courier) and will publish a wrap-up at and in its December magazine. […]

Editor introduces ‘Friends of the Courier’

In the few months since Baptist Courier editor Rudy Gray began quietly sharing his vision for “Friends of the Courier,” more than $10,000 has been given by donors to support the newsmagazine’s ministry of Christian journalism. Now, Gray hopes many more individuals will consider becoming “Friends of the Courier,” which he describes as “a movement […]