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. […]

CSU sets enrollment record on 50th anniversary

Charleston Southern University has opened the 2014-2015 academic year with a record high enrollment and the kickoff of the university’s 50th anniversary. The 3,417 students (3,013 undergraduates and 404 graduates) represent the university’s largest enrollment in its history and a 3.9 percent increase over last year. President Jairy Hunter said, “Our vision of integrating faith […]

Record freshman class moves in at Anderson

By far, the largest freshman class in Anderson University history moved into the residence halls on campus Saturday morning August 16. 657 freshmen, an increase of 150 or 30% over last year’s class and 125 more than the previous record class in 2012 will officially become AU Trojans. Remarkably, the freshman class of 2014 is […]

God calls ‘all kinds of people’ to missions

Editor’s note: For security reasons, last names of missionaries in this story are omitted. In 1999, Jeff and Cyndi were raising their family in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Jeff had worked for 20 years in corporate banking, and they were content. Then God called.  “I was working as a vice president at a local […]

Hellams named VP, president’s chief of staff at Southern Seminary

South Carolina native Tom Hellams has been named vice president for denominational relations and chief of staff, Office of the President, at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, president R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced Aug. 19. “I’m very pleased that Tom Hellams is re-joining the Southern Seminary executive team,” Mohler said. “He is a man of rare […]

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 […]

Davis a ‘godsend’ for children’s home, says successor

Randy Harling, who took the helm as president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home on Sept. 2, says his predecessor, Ben Davis, has been a “godsend” to the ministry, especially in guiding the institution through the Great Recession that peaked in 2008. “Those were dark days for most non-profits, but Ben led Connie Maxwell through that period,” […]

For Ben and Polly Davis, Connie Maxwell is ‘place of hope’

Driving a visitor along the shady streets and country lanes of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood, Ben Davis clearly loves the “teaching farm” tucked away on a few acres in the southwest corner of the campus — not only for its tranquility, but also for the therapeutic role the farm plays in healing hurting […]

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 […]

Fruitland to offer online associate degree

Students enrolling at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in the fall of 2014 have the option of completing an associate degree in Christian ministry and worldview entirely online. President David Horton said the program will enable students to pursue a degree who are unable to attend the main campus in Hendersonville, N.C. The online curriculum consists […]