South Carolina churches observe Easter in different ways

Many churches mark the Easter season with special services, including musicals, dramas and sunrise services. We asked Courier readers to tell us about some of the ways their churches celebrate the resurrection of Christ. At Goucher Baptist Church in Gaffney, pastor Norman Gardner is presenting a monologue as the biblical character of Pilate. (Dell Byars) […]

Bill Pfister accepts position with Samaritan’s Purse

Bill Pfister, who served as senior pastor of Locust Hill Baptist Church in Travelers Rest for five years, has accepted a position as international regional director for Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child. He has previously served churches in North Carolina and South Carolina and has served with the International Mission Board in Argentina. He will be […]

Chris Yeargin commissioned as Army chaplain

Chris Yeargin was commissioned recently by Ridge Spring Baptist Church, Ridge Association, to serve as a chaplain in the United States Army. Yeargin, 40, who served as Ridge Spring’s pastor for seven years, is completing training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, and will graduate this spring. He will eventually be stationed at Fort Stuart in Georgia. […]

Fairview calls Tony Crouch as pastor

Tony E. Crouch has been called as pastor of Fairview Baptist Church, Kinards. He formerly served as senior pastor of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, Laurens. A graduate of Erskine Theological Seminary, Crouch has been in the ministry for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Mary Ann, who is a principal in Laurens School […]

Small, rural S.C. church typifies ‘the backbone’ of SBC, Page says

It’s fitting that Josh McClendon should pastor 200-year-old Philippi Baptist Church in quaint, rural Johnston, S.C. The 33-year-old said he senses a spiritual calling to the small-town setting. McClendon said his burden for rural communities began during his senior year of college. “It seemed like a lot of young guys, and rightly so, want to […]

Men find good food, gospel at ‘The Barn’

On an unseasonably mild late afternoon in February, a setting sun expends the last of its warmth on a red barn in southern Greenville County, about five miles west of Fountain Inn. Two chattering boys toss a football near the barn’s twin garage-door openings, while Chloe, a 6-month-old black Lab, works earnestly to make a visitor feel welcome, shaking off a spray of pond water.

Philippi Baptist Church celebrates 200 years of service

On Feb. 23, Philippi Baptist Church of Johnston celebrated 200 years since the church was organized to serve a rural area of the Johnston community. The bicentennial celebration began with the regular Sunday morning worship services by Philippi pastor Josh McClendon. The church was filled with an estimated 300 people in attendance. Following the morning […]

Eubanks is new evangelism minister at Simpsonville FBC

Tony Eubanks of Pendleton has been called as minister of evangelism at Simpsonville First Baptist Church. He begins his work April 1. Since 2009, Eubanks has run a spiritual mentoring program called “Spiritual 2-A-Days,” which he founded. He served as chaplain at Clemson University from 2004-2010 and as chaplain at the University of Georgia from […]