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 […]

SCBC messengers to consider bylaw changes, creation of ‘president-elect’

Messengers to this year’s annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention will vote on separate recommendations to change the convention’s bylaws. The changes would allow for the election of a president-elect and give clarification to what it means to be a “bona fide” contributor to the convention’s work based on Cooperative Program giving. The recommended changes to […]

Easler appoints committee to seek new state executive

Ten members of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention have been appointed by chairman Dwight Easler to comprise a search committee to find a new executive to lead the state convention. Jim Austin, who has served as SCBC executive director-treasurer since 2007, will retire Oct. 7. In sharing his recommendations in an […]

Retired NAMB official is nominee for interim SCBC executive

Richard Harris, a retired vice president with the North American Mission Board, will become the interim executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention if his nomination is approved by SCBC Executive Board members Oct. 7. Executive Board chairman Dwight Easler cited Harris’ “leadership record and success in interim positions” as primary reasons for recommending […]

Obituary: Carl Wesley Pointer

Carl Wesley Pointer, 88, of Seneca, died Aug. 11, 2014. A native of Oconee County, he was a retired Baptist pastor, having served Madison Baptist Church in Westminster, Fants Grove Baptist Church in Pendleton, Rehoboth Baptist Church in Piedmont, Hillcrest Baptist Church in Greer, and Cleveland First Baptist Church in Cleveland. He also pastored churches […]

Obituary: James E. Ellenburg

James E. Ellenburg, 86, of Pelzer, who served as a pastor and director of missions in the Upstate for most of his ministry, died Aug. 11, 2014. Born in Pickens County on Dec. 27, 1927, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army (1st Infantry Division) and served in World War II. Ellenburg attended North […]

Joy Rust, wife of former SCBC exec, passes away

Joy Lucille Rust, wife of former South Carolina Baptist Convention executive director-treasurer Ray Rust, died Aug. 9 in Richardson, Texas. She was born June 20, 1926, in New Orleans, La. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 13 at First Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Survivors, in addition to her husband, […]

‘The Shared Spouse’

Julie Cannon — a preacher’s kid, pastor’s wife and mom — knows firsthand what it is like to share her husband with everyone else in the church. To that end, she has written “The Shared Spouse: A Six-Week Devotional for Ministry Families,” designed to offer biblically based encouragement to ministry families. “In ministry, if you […]

‘The ABC’s of Healthy Living’

Sara Burton, a retired teacher and registered nurse, has employed the talents of her grandchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews to illustrate “The ABC’s of Healthy Living. The book, which features original full-color art drawn by the children, offers a healthy-living tip to correspond with each letter of the alphabet. The book was designed by Burton’s nephew, […]