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 […]

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 […]

Tom Tucker to be nominated for SCBC first vice president

The Courier has learned that Tom Tucker, pastor of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Mill, will be nominated for first vice president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention next month. SCBC messengers will elect a slate of officers for 2015 when they convene Nov. 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia for the state […]

Upstate men share ‘Lamb of God’ in Israel

“I have come from South Carolina to tell you I love the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. My love for the God of Israel has given me a love for the people of Israel.” That was Michael Post’s introduction to several Israelis during an evangelistic trip in August. “This opened up the door to […]

Relational discipleship breathes new life into old church

This is the story of God at work in a 175-year-old church located in the Chester County town of Edgemoor. People are becoming Christ-followers, small groups are multiplying, and the pews are filling up. But Pastor Woody Oliver wants to be clear about what is happening in Harmony Baptist Church. “We are growing disciples that […]

5 Upstate churches partner in launch of Boston church plant

During First Baptist North Spartanburg’s Global Impact Celebration on Sept. 4, five Upstate pastors signed a partnership agreement with a new church plant — Encounter Church, located south of Boston. Their churches have already committed $75,000 to the project and plan to send teams throughout the year to help the church get established. Pictured from left are […]

How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?

Does your family or church have a special way of celebrating Thanksgiving? Are there certain traditions that make the holiday more meaningful for you? If so, we’d like to hear about them. By submitting your story, you agree that we may use your name and story in a future article to be published in The Courier. […]

Upstate congregations merge as Capstone Church

Two churches in Fountain Inn have merged. Fairview Street Baptist Church was a declining 104-year-old congregation, and Capstone Church is a five-year-old church plant. Through the ministry of Kermit Morris, transitional pastor at Fairview Street, the two churches agreed to unite. The name will be Capstone, and the church will be located in the newly […]