Anderson University presents 2014 Pastor of the Year awards

Anderson University presented its 2014 South Carolina Baptist Pastor of the Year awards Nov. 10 at the South Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference in Columbia. The annual awards are designed to recognize some of the most outstanding pastors in the South Carolina Baptist Convention and are based on the following criteria: having served in South Carolina […]

Have you been blessed by giving to someone else?

Courier editor Rudy Gray tells the story of when he was a youth director at his home church and took a group of kids out for an evening of miniature golf and hamburgers at McDonalds.  Even though he’d told the teens to bring enough cash for the outing, one of the girls did not, and […]

Leesville First Baptist Church celebrates homecoming, revival

First Baptist Church of Leesville celebrated homecoming on Oct. 12. The church’s first pastor, who was ordained 71 years ago, along with one of his members who has preached for 66 years, addressed the congregation. John O. Reed Jr., better known as “Joe,” was ordained to the ministry in 1943 by Lexington Baptist Church. He became […]

Shannon Long celebrates 50th anniversary in the ministry

Whitmire First Baptist Church honored pastor J. Shannon Long for his 50th year in the ministry, as members of the congregation, friends and family joined together for a special “golden anniversary” worship and celebration service Nov. 9. Long’s ministry has come full circle at Whitmire First Baptist Church. While attending Presbyterian College in 1962, he and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]