South Carolina churches observe Easter in different ways

Many churches mark the Easter season with special services, including musicals, dramas and sunrise services. We asked Courier readers to tell us about some of the ways their churches celebrate the resurrection of Christ. At Goucher Baptist Church in Gaffney, pastor Norman Gardner is presenting a monologue as the biblical character of Pilate. (Dell Byars) […]

Bill Pfister accepts position with Samaritan’s Purse

Bill Pfister, who served as senior pastor of Locust Hill Baptist Church in Travelers Rest for five years, has accepted a position as international regional director for Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child. He has previously served churches in North Carolina and South Carolina and has served with the International Mission Board in Argentina. He will be […]

Retired missionary supported by Mother’s Day Offering

A retired Southern Baptist missionary is the latest recipient of assistance from the annual Mother’s Day Offering for South Carolina Baptist Ministries for the Aging. Barry Mitchell, who served with his late wife, Laura, as a missionary to Brazil for 25 years, lives at Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community in Laurens. “I truly appreciate the […]

Faith-themed movies hit big screen this spring

A quartet of Christian-themed motion pictures debuting this season offers moviegoers everything from a controversial big-budget retelling of Noah and the Great Flood to a spinoff of last year’s popular TV miniseries, “The Bible.” Dominating the online chatter has been the uproar over Paramount Studios’ $125-million production of “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe in the title […]

Chris Yeargin commissioned as Army chaplain

Chris Yeargin was commissioned recently by Ridge Spring Baptist Church, Ridge Association, to serve as a chaplain in the United States Army. Yeargin, 40, who served as Ridge Spring’s pastor for seven years, is completing training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, and will graduate this spring. He will eventually be stationed at Fort Stuart in Georgia. […]

Fairview calls Tony Crouch as pastor

Tony E. Crouch has been called as pastor of Fairview Baptist Church, Kinards. He formerly served as senior pastor of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, Laurens. A graduate of Erskine Theological Seminary, Crouch has been in the ministry for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Mary Ann, who is a principal in Laurens School […]

Letter to the Editor: Seeking ‘resource families’ for foster care

I am writing on behalf of the South Carolina Department of Social Services Resource Family Division to appeal for the support of the Baptist community of South Carolina. In recent years, the number of quality resource families in Region IV has declined, while the number of children coming into care has held steady. Many of […]

Anderson University to offer Logos training for pastors

Pastors and others who want to learn more about how to use Logos software for Bible study and sermon preparation are invited to attend a half-day workshop May 8 at Anderson University. The workshop will include sessions for both beginners and those who already use Logos but want more in-depth instruction in using it for […]

Evangelism Conference 2014: Passing the Truth of the Gospel to the Next Generation

Like most of the speakers at the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s annual Evangelism Conference, held Feb. 18-20 at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley, Michael Catt emphasized sharing Christ and reaching the next generation. Talking about the large numbers of people being saved and filling the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York, he noted, “They have […]

First book in ‘My Grandpa’s Bible’ series released

Doug and Lana Bodem have published the first of three children’s devotional books for their “My Grandpa’s Bible” series. In “Billy’s Early Years: Having Fun Learning Lessons from Proverbs” (CourierPublishing, 2014) readers can follow Billy as he grows from elementary school into middle school with the love and teaching from his mom, dad and grandfather. […]