Committee seeking new SCBC exec reports on progress

The chairman of a committee searching for a new executive director-treasurer for the South Carolina Baptist Convention says the group is pursuing a “nationwide effort to locate the right leader” and is putting prayer at the forefront of its efforts. Marshall Blalock, pastor of First Baptist Church of Charleston and chairman of the search committee […]

‘Lord Sterling’ extols virtues of trust, obedience

In “Lord Sterling” (CrossBooks, 356 pages), Robert Blackwell’s adventure novel, readers follow Sterling and his companions on a quest. The Great Light’s power becomes more and more evident as the group of travelers gets involved in physical battles as well as battles for the souls of men. The more they trust and obey, the more […]

Bringing Soldiers to God, and God to Soldiers

Lt. Col. Derrick Riggs’s life is not boring. Today he is serving in Afghanistan as command chaplain for NATO Special Operations and the Special Forces Joint Task Force. Riggs’s parents, retired Col. Dwight Riggs and his wife, Kathy, reside in Columbia and are members of First Baptist Church, where their son was actively involved before […]

Churches reach neighbors through ‘Dream Center’

The neighborhood is not unique. In fact, it’s like many others in towns all across the state. Most locals drive by it every day without so much as a second glance. About 275 families call this neighborhood home. Most of them live in single- or double-wide trailers. Many struggle economically, and some don’t speak English. […]

Pannell to head NGU as interim president

North Greenville University’s board of trustees has named Randall Pannell as interim president. The decision is in response to Jimmy Epting’s announcement of his sabbatical and retirement effective June 1. Pannell came to the institution in 2011 when he was hired as vice president for academics. “We want to continue offering quality education as well […]

State Evangelism Conference zeroes in on ‘ministry evangelism’

Speakers at the 2015 State Evangelism Conference, held Feb. 18-19 at Beach Church in Myrtle Beach, challenged participants to serve others and, in doing so, share the gospel. “Ministry evangelism is about serving first [and] being action-oriented and vocal in our evangelism,” said Lee Clamp, director of the Evangelism Group of the South Carolina Baptist […]

Ben Davis elected as SCDOT commissioner

Ben Davis, retired president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, has been elected as a commissioner to the South Carolina Department of Transportation. His previous public service, before joining the Connie Maxwell staff in 1993, included 12 years as mayor of Fountain Inn and three years on the city council. Davis received the Order of the […]

Augusta Heights calls Greg Dover as senior pastor

Greg Dover has been called as senior pastor of Augusta Heights Baptist Church in Greenville. He served at Earle Street Baptist Church in Greenville as associate pastor since 2009. He is a graduate of Furman University and Wake Forest Divinity School. He and his wife, Suzy, are the parents of a son, Yates, and a […]

Al Phillips begins new work as Greenville DOM

Al Phillips, former associate pastor of First North Spartanburg Baptist Church, has been called as director of missions for Greenville Baptist Association. Phillips, who was elected at a called meeting of the association on Jan. 27, succeeds Ron Davis, who retired in December 2013. Eddie Howard, pastor of Hillside Baptist Church and chairman of the […]