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 […]

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 […]

Report of 2014 SCBC Committee on Committees

Tony Smith, Chairman (All terms to begin Jan. 1, 2015) (*non-church employee, #unexpired term) Bylaws Committee Chairman: Bill Rigsby Vice Chairman: David Barfield Tyler Caines, Loris (2017) Denis McCory, Nichols (2017) Ken Petrus, Greenwood (2017) Tom Turner, Anderson (2016 — unexpired term, replacing Sam Evatt) Alternate: *Phil Ellenburg Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee Chairman: […]

Lexington pastor will be nominee for SCBC president

Rocky Purvis, senior pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Lexington, will be nominated for president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at this year’s annual meeting, to be held Nov. 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. He is the second confirmed nominee, joining Tommy Kelly, pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church. “I was called […]

Rockvale Baptist, Piedmont, calls Deane Harrison as pastor

Deane Harrison has been called as pastor of Rockvale Baptist Church, Piedmont. A graduate of North Greenville University and Liberty University Seminary, he previously served as associate pastor at Rockvale. Harrison and his wife, Christi, are expecting their first child, Hannah, in November.

Central Baptist Church, York, celebrates centennial Nov. 1-2

Central Baptist Church, York, celebrated its centennial the first weekend of November. In 1914, it was founded to meet the needs of the people who lived in the mill villages. It began as Charlotte Street Baptist Church and became Central Baptist in 1944 when the church moved to land in the Cannon Mill Village donated […]

Upstate pastor Engrum Johnson announces retirement

Engrum Johnson recently announced his retirement following a period of declining health. He previously served as pastor of several Baptist churches in South Carolina, including Black Creek in Dovesville, Rocky Creek and Grace in Greenville, and, most recently, Rockvale in Piedmont, where he was recognized in June 2014 for 50 years in the ministry. In […]

Longtime pastor Bert Welch retires from Covenant Baptist, Lancaster

Bert Welch, founding pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in Lancaster, retired Oct. 5 after 20 years of service. He previously served First Baptist of Lancaster, Alice Drive Baptist of Sumter, and Second Baptist of Lancaster. He has served as chairman of the Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and […]

Obituary: Joseph Seay

Joseph Daniel Seay Sr., 94, of Greenville, died Aug. 16, 2014. Born in Oconee County, he was a Southern Baptist minister for 55 years. He served four churches in 30 years, including Forestville Baptist Church in Greenville and Edgewood Baptist Church in Greer. He also held pastorates in North Carolina. He was a graduate of […]