Scenic Hills Baptist calls Bryan Stokes as assistant pastor

Bryan Stokes has been called as assistant pastor of Scenic Hills Baptist Church, Travelers Rest. A graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible College, Stokes and his wife, Gail, founded and operated God’s House of Hope, a ministry of Eastlan Baptist Church, Greenville. Pictured from left are pastor Tommy Brashier, Gail Stokes, and Bryan Stokes.

Tom Tucker to be nominated for SCBC first vice president

The Courier has learned that Tom Tucker, pastor of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Mill, will be nominated for first vice president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention next month. SCBC messengers will elect a slate of officers for 2015 when they convene Nov. 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia for the state […]

Ken Moore celebrates 25 years as pastor of Elim Baptist Church

Elim Baptist Church, Effingham, recognized Ken Moore (center) on Sept. 21 for 25 years as pastor. Attendees included former members, friends and family of the Moores, and Florence Baptist Association director of missions Chris Smith, among others. Pictured with Moore are deacon chairman W.J. Jones, left, and DOM Chris Smith.  

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 […]