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 […]

Longtime pastor Bert Welch retires from Covenant Baptist, Lancaster

Bert Welch, founding pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in Lancaster, retired Oct. 5 after 20 years of service. He previously served First Baptist of Lancaster, Alice Drive Baptist of Sumter, and Second Baptist of Lancaster. He has served as chairman of the Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and […]

Scenic Hills Baptist calls Bryan Stokes as assistant pastor

Bryan Stokes has been called as assistant pastor of Scenic Hills Baptist Church, Travelers Rest. A graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible College, Stokes and his wife, Gail, founded and operated God’s House of Hope, a ministry of Eastlan Baptist Church, Greenville. Pictured from left are pastor Tommy Brashier, Gail Stokes, and Bryan Stokes.

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 […]

Wolf Pond Baptist calls Mark Evans as pastor

Mark Evans has been called as pastor of Wolf Pond Baptist Church in Pageland. In 2006, Evans left a business career to pursue a full-time call into the ministry. He attended Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, where he graduated in 2008. He and his wife, Leslie, have been married for 19 years and have a son, […]

Jamestown Baptist Church calls Jamey Collins as pastor

Jamey Collins was recently called as pastor of Jamestown Baptist Church, Conway. He previously served at Flat Rock Baptist Church, Liberty, which added more than 100 new members and baptized 150 during his three years there. A South Carolina native and graduate of North Greenville University, Collins is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Liberty University. He and his wife, […]