Zion Hill Baptist honors 100-year-old member

Aileen Black, who has attended Zion Hill Baptist Church in Spartanburg for every one of her 100 years, was honored Feb. 2 by her church. Her birthday was Jan. 30. She says her life has been “filled with love, beginning with her parents,” according to her pastor, Keith Davis, pictured here with her.

CSU’s Rick Brewer to lead Louisiana College

Rick Brewer, who has served in several administrative capacities at Charleston Southern University over the past 28 years, has been elected president of Louisiana College in Pineville, La. Louisiana College trustees unanimously elected Brewer as the school’s 11th president on March 5, according to a news release. The college is affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Brewer takes office […]

Kenneth Ridings, former Fruitland president, passes away

Kenneth Ridings, retired president of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute (now College) in Hendersonville, N.C., died Thursday, March 5, following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ridings, a South Carolina native, joined the faculty at Fruitland as professor of homiletics in 1968 and was named president of the school in 1997. He retired in 2008. His hometown was […]

Letter: The Toughest Job in America?

In his book, “By The Stream,” Monty Hale quotes leadership guru Peter Drucker, saying that the four toughest jobs in America are: president of the United States, a hospital administrator, a university president, and the pastor of a local church. Are you surprised by number four? I mean, just how difficult can it be to be […]

New book offers Scripture-based approach to hot-button issues

Ernest Ray Winburn, a Southern Baptist pastor, has written “Beyond the Issues: The Essentiality of Authority, Truth, Values and Spirituality,” a new release from Courier Publishing. Winburn examines the social and political issues that dominate the news headlines and offers a quartet of “timeless and universal” realities that should inform a Christian’s response. He identifies […]

‘Worry’ now available as 8-part video teaching series

Courier Publishing has released an eight-part study on the subject of worry that can be used by small groups or Bible-study classes in churches. Authored by Courier editor Rudy Gray, “Worry: The Silent Killer” offers a scriptural approach to dealing with worry, an affliction that Gray argues is curable even though it affects most people, […]

NGU mission teams serve in North America, around the world

North Greenville University sent out two international mission teams and one North America team over Christmas break. The international teams traveled to South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and the North America team served in Cleveland, Ohio. Pictured are members of the group that traveled to Cleveland in partnership with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

David Kessler is new bivocational pastor at Pelion Baptist Church

David S. Kessler has been called as bivocational pastor of Pelion Baptist Church. A graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible College and Wingate University with additional studies at Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity, Kessler comes to Pelion after 12 years of pastoring North Carolina churches and 10 years as director of religious education for the U.S. […]

Skip Owens retires from CSU staff

James W. “Skip” Owens has retired as director of denominational relations at Charleston Southern University. The 1976 CSU graduate had served his alma mater since 2001 and was previously a pastor in South Carolina. He is a former president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and has served as a trustee at CSU and at […]