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 […]

Varnville pastor to be nominated for SCBC president

Tommy Kelly, pastor of First Baptist Church of Varnville, has told The Courier he will be nominated for president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at the Nov. 11-12 annual meeting at Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia. Brad Goodale, pastor of Philippi Baptist Church in Union, will nominate Kelly. Kelly currently serves as SCBE first vice […]

How does your church protect children from abuse?

The Childhood Ministry Group of the South Carolina Baptist Convention recommends that all churches take measures to make sure children are protected from abuse in the church. Basic steps might include something as simple as making sure there are always two adults in the room, according to Sue Harmon, associate director of the SCBC Childhood Ministry […]