Part-time pastor named top leader among small churches

Juan Molina, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Alpha y Omega in Landrum, was named Small Church Pastor of the Year during the November meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Originally from Mexico, Molina immigrated to the U.S. and began working in construction. While in Florida, he was invited to church services, and his life was […]

Mental health advisory group seeks input from Southern Baptist churches

“I was depressed and felt all alone, even though I was surrounded by people.” “When I was diagnosed with depression, I felt as though I finally understood why I felt alone,” said one man after seeking help through his doctor. “However,” he continued, “I still was afraid of telling anyone in my church about my […]

SCBC unveils transitional worship pastor ministry

Responding to an “overwhelming need in our churches,” the Worship & Music Office of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in October 2014 launched a transitional worship pastor ministry. In adapting LifeWay Christian Resource’s transitional pastor manual, Mark Powers, director of the SCBC Worship & Music Office, worked with Monty Hale, SCBC Pastoral Ministries director, to […]

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 […]

Have you been blessed by giving to someone else?

Courier editor Rudy Gray tells the story of when he was a youth director at his home church and took a group of kids out for an evening of miniature golf and hamburgers at McDonalds.  Even though he’d told the teens to bring enough cash for the outing, one of the girls did not, and […]

Anderson University presents 2014 Pastor of the Year awards

Anderson University presented its 2014 South Carolina Baptist Pastor of the Year awards Nov. 10 at the South Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference in Columbia. The annual awards are designed to recognize some of the most outstanding pastors in the South Carolina Baptist Convention and are based on the following criteria: having served in South Carolina […]

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 […]