At 88, ‘Still Painting for My Lord’

Danny Burnley, pastor of Laurel Baptist Church in Greenville, has never come across anyone like 88-year-old John Aspray. In 2012, Aspray and his wife, Gayle, joined Laurel Church. He received a ministry booklet, as all new members do, and signed up for building and grounds. He approached Burnley and asked if he might paint all […]

Laneir Singleton retires after 43 years in ministry

Laneir Singleton has announced his retirement effective the end of January. He has pastored Hoffmeyer Road Baptist Church in Florence for the the last 13 years of his 43-year ministry. Singleton is a graduate of Charleston Southern University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Connie, are both natives of Conway and have […]

New SCBC president touts relational evangelism

Tommy Kelly, pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church, is the new president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The 51-year-old was elected by messengers to the SCBC annual meeting in Columbia on Nov. 12. He succeeds D.J. Horton. Convention presidents serve one-year terms. Kelly was one of two nominees for the office and received 235 […]

Saluda Association severs ties with Pendleton church

Saluda Baptist Association in Anderson has dissolved ties with Pendleton First Baptist Church because the church’s bylaws allow for the election of a woman as senior pastor. Messengers to the association’s annual meeting Nov. 2 at Iva First Baptist Church voted overwhelmingly to recommend that the remaining 78 churches withdraw fellowship from the Pendleton congregation. The motion […]

SCBC 2014: Messengers OK bylaw changes; approve new office of president-elect

Messengers to the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s annual meeting Nov. 11 approved changes to the convention’s bylaws that create the office of president-elect and clarify what it means to be a “bona fide” contributor to the convention’s work based on Cooperative Program giving. Messengers will elect a candidate in 2015 to serve a one-year term as president-elect of […]

SCBC 2014: Horton appoints 2015 Committee on Committees

South Carolina Baptist Convention president D.J. Horton has appointed the 2015 Committee on Committees, which will consider and present for approval nominees to the convention’s standing committees at next year’s annual meeting, to be held Nov. 10-11 at First Baptist Church in Spartanburg. Committee on Committees members (followed by their church and association), include Lisa […]

Red Dam Baptist Church hosts annual Fall Festival

Red Dam Baptist Church in Hardeeville hosted its annual Fall Festival on Nov. 8 with a rodeo theme, including a mechanical bull, donkey and hay rides, pumpkin-seed spitting contest, petting zoo, a men’s chili cook-off, greased pole, corn hole, face painting, bounce house, cake walk, raffle and more.

S.C. Baptist Pastors’ Conference elects 2015 officers

Stuart Houston (pictured above: center), pastor of Blue Ridge View Baptist Church in Pickens County, will serve as the 2015 president of the South Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference. Houston, who has served at Blue Ridge View Church for almost 16 years, was elected during the annual Pastors’ Conference meeting Nov. 10 at North Trenholm Baptist Church […]