Harmony Baptist Church celebrates 175th anniversary

Harmony Baptist Church, Elgin, will celebrate its 175th anniversary Oct. 19. The name of the church first appeared in the minutes of Bethal Baptist Association in 1839. In 1863, the church was a founding member of Fairfield Baptist Association (which later became Columbia Metro Baptist Association). Through the years, the church was moved to its present location (which was no […]

N.C. church names Jack Weaver pastor emeritus

At the 218th anniversary and homecoming of Green Creek First Baptist Church, Columbus, N.C., the congregation honored their former pastor, Jack Weaver, by installing him as the church’s second pastor emeritus (the late J.L. McCluney was honored with the title in 1986). Weaver preached during the morning worship service, and though hampered somewhat by advancing […]

S.C. Baptist universities announce record enrollments

The three universities with historical ties to the South Carolina Baptist Convention all report record-high enrollments for the fall semester, with more than 9,000 students enrolled. The largest freshman class in Anderson University history — 657 students — moved into campus housing Aug. 16. School officials expect total enrollment this semester to top out at […]

Gowensville First Baptist calls Bruce Schmidt as pastor

Bruce M. Schmidt has been called as pastor of First Baptist Church, Gowensville. A native of Tabor City, N.C., he is a graduate of Old Dominion University and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Schmidt previously served as a medic in the 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army. He and his wife, Martha — who have three children and five grandchildren — served as church planters for the […]

Seven Pines Baptist honors longtime Sunday school teacher

Seven Pines Baptist Church, Snelling, honored Dallas Creighton on Aug. 31 for 57 years as the men’s Sunday school teacher. Creighton made a profession of faith at age 8 and has been committed to Jesus ever since. The men’s Sunday school class presented him with a plaque for his commitment and service.

Cottageville Baptist to observe centennial on Oct. 12

Cottageville Baptist Church in Colleton County will observe its centennial on Oct. 12. The celebration will begin with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., followed by worship. A dinner will be served to all guests, followed by music from the gospel group “Hi Cotton.” “Adventurous guests” are encouraged to wear 1914 attire, but it is not […]

Courier Publishing president presents book to author

Courier Publishing president Rudy Gray recently presented an author’s copy of “The Shared Spouse” to the book’s writer, Julie Cannon. The presentation took place at a celebration dinner for Parson’s Pantry, a nonprofit agency that Cannon is supporting with proceeds from her book.

Aynor First Baptist to kick off centennial Oct. 11

Aynor First Baptist Church (shown here in the church’s earlier years) will kick off its 100th anniversary Oct. 11 with singing, games and food. Revival services will start the next day, with pastor Michael McGirt preaching in the morning service (which will be followed by a meal) and Lebron Crisp bringing the evening message. On […]

Centenary Baptist to dedicate new building at Oct. 19 homecoming

The congregation of Centenary Baptist Church, Marion Association, will dedicate a new church building and observe homecoming on Oct. 19. Julie Powell Caldwell, daughter of former pastor Thelton Powell, is scheduled to bring a message in song and word. A fellowship meal will be served following worship. The previous sanctuary, which was built in 1913, was destroyed […]