Building wheelchair ramps stems from a ‘servant’s heart’

Writer: Stephanie Hutto Fred R. Hiers is known to many in his hometown of Bamberg, South Carolina. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1991 after 30 years of service, a job that put him in touch with people from varied socioeconomic backgrounds throughout the community. His love for people, an expression of his […]

Georgetown First Baptist members ‘all in, all out’ for community missions

More than 170 members of Georgetown First Baptist Church participated in a church-wide mission project called “All In-All Out” during the week of July 13-18. Members were divided into teams, including a backyard Bible club team, a projects team, a visitation team, a spiritual awareness team and a community-needs team. Volunteers worked on 12 houses, […]

Lowcountry students give their summer to revamp their schools

Before the first verse of the invitational hymn was complete, 15-year-old Jordie Skinner made her way into her pastor’s arms. Next, lanky, outspoken 16-year-old Ryan Pevey went up front. Marvin Pyles, a 17-year-old newcomer to the youth group and Sunday mornings, and Emily Doyle, a 23-year-old school teacher and youth leader, followed and stood beside […]

Anderson University a treasure house of learning in our own backyard

Writer: Alexander Campbell, Special to the Anderson Independent-Mail This is a tale of two universities. Both were founded as distinctly evangelical Christian institutions, one in 1636 the other in 1911. The motto of one was “Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae,” or “Truth for Christ and the Church.” The motto of the other is “Humanitatem per crucem […]

Children’s Bible Drill: Impacting Children, Families and Churches

Writer: Caroline Perez They looked like 10, 11, and 12-year-olds, but with Bibles grasped tightly in their hands, they were transformed into fearless, fierce and fast Bible drillers. On April 26, more than 140 children gathered from across South Carolina to demonstrate their Bible skills at the State Children’s Bible Drill. Children, leaders and parents […]

Hundreds attend ‘Jerusalem Day’ in Spartanburg, Columbia

Writer: Mary Jean Baxley Christians United for Israel sponsored Jerusalem Day May 28 at First Baptist North Spartanburg and Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia. More than 250 attended the Spartanburg breakfast event. Mike Hamlet, pastor of First Baptist North Spartanburg, said the time spent with Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the U.S., and Sen. […]

Strength team rallies Laurens community for Christ

Writer: Clay Webb On March 25, the Team Impact planners of Davidson Street Baptist Church, Clinton, met to prepare for an eventful weekend. Eight weeks later, the church hosted Team Impact for the Laurens County community. Team Impact, a Christian strength organization based outside of Houston, Texas, sent two of its members to Davidson Street […]

Ministry teams employ creative arts at festival, block party

This year, the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Creative Ministries Festival has been divided into two separate events. The first event took place March 22, when ministry teams held a creative ministry festival and block party in Winnsboro. Later this year, creative ministry training for leaders will be presented at the Worship Summit on Aug. 22-23 […]

Philippi Baptist Church celebrates 200 years of service

On Feb. 23, Philippi Baptist Church of Johnston celebrated 200 years since the church was organized to serve a rural area of the Johnston community. The bicentennial celebration began with the regular Sunday morning worship services by Philippi pastor Josh McClendon. The church was filled with an estimated 300 people in attendance. Following the morning […]