Holland Avenue Baptist Church calls J. Dow Welsh as pastor

Holland Avenue Baptist Church in Cayce recently called Augusta native J. Dow Welsh as pastor. He is the sixth full-time pastor in the history of the church. A graduate of Clemson University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Welsh comes to Cayce after serving 19 years in the ministry, including six years at St. John’s Baptist Church in Greer. He and his […]

Frances H. Yon receives Baptist Foundation award

Frances Hester Yon of Wagener was awarded the 2014 Dr. Lonnie H. Shull Jr. Legacy Award by the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina at the Foundation’s Partner in Ministry events held at the South Carolina Baptist Convention in Columbia Sept. 22-23. The Dr. Lonnie H. Shull Jr. Legacy Award is given annually to a friend […]

Have you been blessed by giving to someone else?

Courier editor Rudy Gray tells the story of when he was a youth director at his home church and took a group of kids out for an evening of miniature golf and hamburgers at McDonalds.  Even though he’d told the teens to bring enough cash for the outing, one of the girls did not, and […]

Leesville First Baptist Church celebrates homecoming, revival

First Baptist Church of Leesville celebrated homecoming on Oct. 12. The church’s first pastor, who was ordained 71 years ago, along with one of his members who has preached for 66 years, addressed the congregation. John O. Reed Jr., better known as “Joe,” was ordained to the ministry in 1943 by Lexington Baptist Church. He became […]

Shannon Long celebrates 50th anniversary in the ministry

Whitmire First Baptist Church honored pastor J. Shannon Long for his 50th year in the ministry, as members of the congregation, friends and family joined together for a special “golden anniversary” worship and celebration service Nov. 9. Long’s ministry has come full circle at Whitmire First Baptist Church. While attending Presbyterian College in 1962, he and […]

Courier readers share Thanksgiving anecdotes

From sumptuous meals of turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce to spirited backyard touch-football games, thousands of South Carolinians will gather Nov. 27 for their annual Thanksgiving Day family festivities. Three of our readers recently told us their Thanksgiving stories. Cooking for Others John and Christy Meadows moved to Charleston, S.C., from Mississippi in 2010. For […]

At 88, ‘Still Painting for My Lord’

Danny Burnley, pastor of Laurel Baptist Church in Greenville, has never come across anyone like 88-year-old John Aspray. In 2012, Aspray and his wife, Gayle, joined Laurel Church. He received a ministry booklet, as all new members do, and signed up for building and grounds. He approached Burnley and asked if he might paint all […]