Retired pastor Ron Jackson walks from Gaffney to State House to raise awareness for ‘Parson’s Pantry’

Written by: Beth Baker Ron Jackson, founder of Parson’s Pantry Ministry, recently walked 98.2 miles from Gaffney to the State House in Columbia, S.C. Jackson is a 71-year-old retired pastor. This is his third annual walk to raise funds in order to provide financial assistance to needy pastors, widows of pastors, and married ministerial students. Jackson began Parson’s […]

Church mourns youth pastor, wife & sons

The funeral of a youth pastor, his wife and two teenage sons was “the hardest thing I have ever done as the pastor of this church,” Justin Mason of Rosebower Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky., said Oct. 8. Michael Cruce, a Kentucky youth pastor, and his wife Monica and sons Joshua, 17, and Caleb, 14, […]

Anderson University graduate working overseas to combat Ebola

Jeff Deal’s disinfecting device has been described as a “superbug slaying machine.” Some have said it looks like the robot R2-D2 from Star Wars. Deal, who graduated in the 1970s from what was then Anderson College (now Anderson University), took his device to Liberia [recently] to help combat the spread of Ebola. Deal has been […]

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 […]