Easler appoints committee to seek new state executive

Ten members of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention have been appointed by chairman Dwight Easler to comprise a search committee to find a new executive to lead the state convention. Jim Austin, who has served as SCBC executive director-treasurer since 2007, will retire Oct. 7. In sharing his recommendations in an […]

Retired NAMB official is nominee for interim SCBC executive

Richard Harris, a retired vice president with the North American Mission Board, will become the interim executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention if his nomination is approved by SCBC Executive Board members Oct. 7. Executive Board chairman Dwight Easler cited Harris’ “leadership record and success in interim positions” as primary reasons for recommending […]

Obituary: Carl Wesley Pointer

Carl Wesley Pointer, 88, of Seneca, died Aug. 11, 2014. A native of Oconee County, he was a retired Baptist pastor, having served Madison Baptist Church in Westminster, Fants Grove Baptist Church in Pendleton, Rehoboth Baptist Church in Piedmont, Hillcrest Baptist Church in Greer, and Cleveland First Baptist Church in Cleveland. He also pastored churches […]

Obituary: James E. Ellenburg

James E. Ellenburg, 86, of Pelzer, who served as a pastor and director of missions in the Upstate for most of his ministry, died Aug. 11, 2014. Born in Pickens County on Dec. 27, 1927, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army (1st Infantry Division) and served in World War II. Ellenburg attended North […]

Curtis Pettit retires after 20 years at Walterboro church

Curtis Pettit, pastor of North Walterboro Baptist Church since July 1994, retired Aug. 10. He is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and formerly served as pastor of Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church in Middlesex, N.C. During Pettit’s 20 years at North Walterboro, the church built a new fellowship hall and sanctuary, and established many […]

Joy Rust, wife of former SCBC exec, passes away

Joy Lucille Rust, wife of former South Carolina Baptist Convention executive director-treasurer Ray Rust, died Aug. 9 in Richardson, Texas. She was born June 20, 1926, in New Orleans, La. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 13 at First Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Survivors, in addition to her husband, […]

Washington Avenue calls Seth Phillips as minister of music

Washington Avenue Baptist Church in Greenville has called Seth Phillips as minister of music. Phillips earned a master’s degree in music education from Anderson University and bachelor’s degree from Southern Wesleyan University. He previously served as minister of music at Calvary Hill Baptist Church in Easley for three years. He has been involved with the Barbershop Harmony Society for […]

Brunson quilting group dedicated to ‘helping people’ since 2005

In 2005, several members of Brunson Baptist Church, in Brunson, started a quilting group with the desire to “help people.” Since that time, the group has made 180 quilts that have been sent to various parts of the community and the nation, as well as several foreign countries. Pictured are current members Sara Corbin, Iva […]