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 […]

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 […]

Messengers gather at Shandon Church for 2014 SCBC annual meeting

Editor’s note: Please follow us on Twitter @BaptistCourier and Facebook for updates from the 2014 SCBC annual meeting. Messengers from churches across the South Carolina Baptist Convention are gathering in Columbia today (Nov. 11) and tomorrow at Shandon Baptist Church for the denomination’s 194th annual meeting. This year’s theme of “LiveIT” is reflective of the convention-wide vision emphasis of […]

Boston church plant to be ‘catalyst for encounters with Christ’

When Chris Causey and Jason Hodges were friends and classmates at Columbia International University, they talked of someday working together in ministry. They even dreamed about planting a church together. A few years later, they began serving on staff together in the student and adult ministries at Taylors First Baptist Church near Greenville, S.C. The […]

S.C. Baptist Pastors’ Conference elects 2015 officers

Stuart Houston (pictured above: center), pastor of Blue Ridge View Baptist Church in Pickens County, will serve as the 2015 president of the South Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference. Houston, who has served at Blue Ridge View Church for almost 16 years, was elected during the annual Pastors’ Conference meeting Nov. 10 at North Trenholm Baptist Church […]

SCBC names new director of camps and conference centers

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has hired Thomas Truitt as executive director of camps and conference centers, a new position that represents a consolidation of management responsibilities for Camp McCall and White Oak Conference Center. Truitt will begin his duties in mid-December. Camp McCall, a rustic mountain retreat for boys who are active as Royal […]

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 […]

Retired pastor Ron Jackson walks from Gaffney to State House to raise awareness for ‘Parson’s Pantry’

Written by: Beth Baker Ron Jackson, founder of Parson’s Pantry Ministry, recently walked 98.2 miles from Gaffney to the State House in Columbia, S.C. Jackson is a 71-year-old retired pastor. This is his third annual walk to raise funds in order to provide financial assistance to needy pastors, widows of pastors, and married ministerial students. Jackson began Parson’s […]

Anderson University graduate working overseas to combat Ebola

Jeff Deal’s disinfecting device has been described as a “superbug slaying machine.” Some have said it looks like the robot R2-D2 from Star Wars. Deal, who graduated in the 1970s from what was then Anderson College (now Anderson University), took his device to Liberia [recently] to help combat the spread of Ebola. Deal has been […]

Courier offers Christian resources through magazine, books

The Baptist Courier has long been a practical resource for pastors and laity in South Carolina, but with the addition of a book-publishing arm, the Courier is expanding its reach to include Bible study, devotional guides, spiritual autobiographies and children’s lessons. “Since 1869, the Courier has been South Carolina Baptists’ go-to source for inspirational news […]