Hellams named VP, president’s chief of staff at Southern Seminary

South Carolina native Tom Hellams has been named vice president for denominational relations and chief of staff, Office of the President, at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, president R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced Aug. 19. “I’m very pleased that Tom Hellams is re-joining the Southern Seminary executive team,” Mohler said. “He is a man of rare […]

Jack Hester honored for 65 years in ministry

Jack Hester (left) was honored Aug. 3 for preaching the gospel for 65 years. As a 20-year-old, he preached for the first time at his father’s church in Hendersonville, N.C., on Aug. 6, 1950. Tommy Brashier, pastor of Scenic Hills Baptist Church in Travelers Rest, presented Hester with a plaque. Hester, who has preached in […]

Former SCBC president Sonny Holmes to retire from pastorate Oct. 31

Sonny Holmes, 64, pastor of Northwood Baptist Church in North Charleston since 2003, has announced that he will retire from active pastoral ministry on Oct. 31. Holmes served as president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 2011. He previously pastored Hampton Heights Baptist Church in Greenville (1986-2001) and First Baptist Church in Goose Creek […]

Upstate congregations merge as Capstone Church

Two churches in Fountain Inn have merged. Fairview Street Baptist Church was a declining 104-year-old congregation, and Capstone Church is a five-year-old church plant. Through the ministry of Kermit Morris, transitional pastor at Fairview Street, the two churches agreed to unite. The name will be Capstone, and the church will be located in the newly […]

Fruitland to offer online associate degree

Students enrolling at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in the fall of 2014 have the option of completing an associate degree in Christian ministry and worldview entirely online. President David Horton said the program will enable students to pursue a degree who are unable to attend the main campus in Hendersonville, N.C. The online curriculum consists […]

Greenville pastor authors book on disciple-making

Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, has published “Aspire: Developing and Deploying Disciples in the Church and for the Church.” The book contains a one-year strategy for relational disciple-making that can be used by members of the local church. The author outlines three 12-week studies that move a person through a […]

LifeWay suspends sale of Driscoll books

LifeWay Christian Resources has suspended the sale of books by Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll in light of issues surrounding his ministry. Driscoll, founder of the Acts 29 church-planting network, and the Mars Hill Church he leads were removed from the Acts 29 church-planting network’s membership in early August. In announcing its decision, the Acts 29 […]

CP receipts within striking distance of projections

Year-to-date Cooperative Program gifts of $16,096,129 from South Carolina Baptist churches represented 96.82 percent of budgeted needs for the first seven months of 2014. Churches forwarded nearly $2.8 million in CP gifts in July, according to a report released by Pam Carroll, chief financial officer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Carroll also noted that […]

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 […]