David Kessler is new bivocational pastor at Pelion Baptist Church

David S. Kessler has been called as bivocational pastor of Pelion Baptist Church. A graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible College and Wingate University with additional studies at Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity, Kessler comes to Pelion after 12 years of pastoring North Carolina churches and 10 years as director of religious education for the U.S. […]

Skip Owens retires from CSU staff

James W. “Skip” Owens has retired as director of denominational relations at Charleston Southern University. The 1976 CSU graduate had served his alma mater since 2001 and was previously a pastor in South Carolina. He is a former president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and has served as a trustee at CSU and at […]

Rocky River pastor Bobby Jones celebrates 50 years in ministry

Bobby Jones, pastor of Rocky River Baptist Church, Iva, celebrated 50 years of ministry on Dec. 13. He was ordained Dec. 13, 1964, by Friendship Baptist Church, Abbeville, and the late Bill Ellison served as moderator of the ordination council. During his ministry, Jones has held nine pastorates at churches in South Carolina. He and his wife, Grace, reside in Calhoun Falls. They have […]

Holland Avenue Baptist Church calls J. Dow Welsh as pastor

Holland Avenue Baptist Church in Cayce recently called Augusta native J. Dow Welsh as pastor. He is the sixth full-time pastor in the history of the church. A graduate of Clemson University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Welsh comes to Cayce after serving 19 years in the ministry, including six years at St. John’s Baptist Church in Greer. He and his […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]