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, […]

Gambrells retire from First Baptist, North Myrtle Beach

John Gambrell, pastor, and his wife, Kathleen, music director, have announced their retirement from First Baptist Church, North Myrtle Beach, where they have served the past 12 years. Prior to that, the Gambrells previously served at First Baptist, Surfside Beach. During his 30-year ministry, John has also served as pastor of Ridge Spring Baptist Church, Ridge Spring, and Southside Baptist Church, Sumter. Following […]

Brett Davis is new senior pastor at First Baptist, Cross Hill

Brett Davis was recently called as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Cross Hill. He previously served on the staff at Northside Baptist Church, Laurens. A native of Clinton, Davis is a graduate of West Coast Bible College and Seminary and attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He and his wife, Lisa, have […]

Longtime Upstate pastor Louis Hart retires

Louis Hart retired April 27 as pastor of South Greenville Baptist Church, Greenville, after 44 years in the ministry. His first pastorate was at Laurel Baptist Church in Greenville. Other places of service include Woodlawn Baptist Church in Baxley, Ga.; Bethuel Baptist Church in Greenville; and Liberty Baptist Church in Piedmont. Hart and his wife, Doris, have two children […]

Jason Reid called as student pastor of Five Forks Baptist

Jason Reid was recently called as student pastor of Five Forks Baptist Church, Simpsonville. He previously served in similar positions at Tanglewood Baptist Church, and most recently at Pendleton Street Baptist Church, both in Greenville. Reid earned a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University and a master’s degree from Covington Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Sara, have two children. Reid began […]

Former SCBC president Sonny Holmes to retire from pastorate Oct. 31

Sonny Holmes, 64, pastor of Northwood Baptist Church in North Charleston since 2003, has announced that he will retire from active pastoral ministry on Oct. 31. Holmes served as president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 2011. He previously pastored Hampton Heights Baptist Church in Greenville (1986-2001) and First Baptist Church in Goose Creek […]

Curtis Pettit retires after 20 years at Walterboro church

Curtis Pettit, pastor of North Walterboro Baptist Church since July 1994, retired Aug. 10. He is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and formerly served as pastor of Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church in Middlesex, N.C. During Pettit’s 20 years at North Walterboro, the church built a new fellowship hall and sanctuary, and established many […]