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 […]

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 […]

Aynor First Baptist to kick off centennial Oct. 11

Aynor First Baptist Church (shown here in the church’s earlier years) will kick off its 100th anniversary Oct. 11 with singing, games and food. Revival services will start the next day, with pastor Michael McGirt preaching in the morning service (which will be followed by a meal) and Lebron Crisp bringing the evening message. On […]

Centenary Baptist dedicates new building at Oct. 19 homecoming

The congregation of Centenary Baptist Church, Marion Association, dedicated a new church building and observed homecoming on Oct. 19. Jerry Pace and Timothy Shaw, son of former interim pastor Richard Shaw, brought dedication messages. Richard Shaw retired on Sept. 14 following a stroke in May. Former pastor Thelton Powell and his family brought a message […]

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 […]