Red Bank celebrates 230th anniversary

Red Bank Baptist Church in Saluda, founded in 1784, recently celebrated its 230th anniversary. The current sanctuary, built in 1911, is home to such Southern Baptist notables as R.G. Lee and Ellis Fuller. Pictured are former pastor Dan Griffin and his wife, Edith. Griffin, who was guest speaker at the anniversary celebration, was pastor at Red Bank from 1980-1987, […]

Harris Baptist Church honors pastor Frank Thomas for 35 years of service

Harris Baptist Church, Greenwood, honored pastor Frank Thomas on Sept. 7 for 35 years of service. A cookout was held at Lake Greenwood, where many shared how “Preacher Frank” and his family have ministered to them through the years, and how much they are loved and appreciated. Thomas began his ministry at Harris in 1979 at the age of 29. Under […]

Building wheelchair ramps stems from a ‘servant’s heart’

Writer: Stephanie Hutto Fred R. Hiers is known to many in his hometown of Bamberg, South Carolina. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1991 after 30 years of service, a job that put him in touch with people from varied socioeconomic backgrounds throughout the community. His love for people, an expression of his […]

Jack Hester honored for 65 years in ministry

Jack Hester (left) was honored Aug. 3 for preaching the gospel for 65 years. As a 20-year-old, he preached for the first time at his father’s church in Hendersonville, N.C., on Aug. 6, 1950. Tommy Brashier, pastor of Scenic Hills Baptist Church in Travelers Rest, presented Hester with a plaque. Hester, who has preached in […]

Georgetown First Baptist members ‘all in, all out’ for community missions

More than 170 members of Georgetown First Baptist Church participated in a church-wide mission project called “All In-All Out” during the week of July 13-18. Members were divided into teams, including a backyard Bible club team, a projects team, a visitation team, a spiritual awareness team and a community-needs team. Volunteers worked on 12 houses, […]

Lowcountry students give their summer to revamp their schools

Before the first verse of the invitational hymn was complete, 15-year-old Jordie Skinner made her way into her pastor’s arms. Next, lanky, outspoken 16-year-old Ryan Pevey went up front. Marvin Pyles, a 17-year-old newcomer to the youth group and Sunday mornings, and Emily Doyle, a 23-year-old school teacher and youth leader, followed and stood beside […]

Gary Romines honored for 40 years of ministry, 20 years at Red Bank

The congregation of Red Bank Baptist Church, Saluda, honored pastor Gary L. Romines Sr. and his wife, Monnie, with a reception on Aug. 17 for 40 years in the ministry and 20 years service to the church. Romines is one of the longest-serving pastors in the church’s 230-year history. He also served the congregations of Bethune; […]