Sand Hill Baptist to celebrate 200th anniversary Oct. 12

Sand Hill Baptist Church in Kershaw will celebrate its bicentennial on Oct. 12. Jerry Satterfield will be guest speaker. In 1814, the church began in a log building, which was replaced with a white frame structure that was used from 1901 to 1950. The present building was constructed in 1949. A recreational building was added […]

Wolf Pond Baptist calls Mark Evans as pastor

Mark Evans has been called as pastor of Wolf Pond Baptist Church in Pageland. In 2006, Evans left a business career to pursue a full-time call into the ministry. He attended Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, where he graduated in 2008. He and his wife, Leslie, have been married for 19 years and have a son, […]

Retired missionary sees positive signs

June Batson Goodwin, a retired Southern Baptist missionary who grew up in South Carolina, says interest and involvement in missions is on the rise. Goodwin, 86, who lives near Raleigh, N.C., recently visited her home church, Reedy River Baptist Church in Greenville, where she was recognized for her career service as a missionary. She and […]

Q&A with Jim Austin, retiring SCBC executive director

Editor’s note: Jim Austin, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention since April 2007, will retire on Oct. 7. We asked him to talk about his tenure as the state convention’s chief executive and his thoughts on the future for South Carolina Baptists. COURIER: What would you consider to be the most important thing […]

Jamestown Baptist Church calls Jamey Collins as pastor

Jamey Collins was recently called as pastor of Jamestown Baptist Church, Conway. He previously served at Flat Rock Baptist Church, Liberty, which added more than 100 new members and baptized 150 during his three years there. A South Carolina native and graduate of North Greenville University, Collins is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Liberty University. He and his wife, […]

State CP giving 6 percent behind budget

Gifts from South Carolina Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program were 6.06 percent short of budgeted goals through August, according to information released by Pam Carroll, chief financial officer for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The state convention budget runs from Jan. 1-Dec. 31. At the national level, year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and […]

Letter to the Editor: Pray for Those Who Are Persecuted

I agree with John Faubert’s letter in the September 2014 issue (“Good Men Who Do Nothing”) concerning our silence while Christians are being persecuted around the world. He stated, “I must do something, yet I don’t know what that looks like.” If I may make a suggestion, there is a website, ICommitToPray.com, that gives believers […]

Letter to the Editor: The 21st-Century Difference

The Southern Baptist church of the 21st century seems, on its surface, to be much the same as the church from the latter days of the 20th century. It is still represented by good, hardworking, taxpaying Americans doing the best they know how, a hodgepodge of sinners saved by the unmerited favor of God. But […]