Spinner Allen new leader at McCall Royal Ambassador Camp

A former camper and staff member at Camp McCall in Pickens County is returning home. Matt “Spinner” Allen has been named the associate director of camps and conference centers at the 300-acre camp for boys and men owned by the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Allen’s position was previously referred to as the camp director. As […]

Cooperative Program giving from South Carolina Baptist churches improves in 2014

Although the South Carolina Baptist Convention fell short of meeting its 2014 budget, gifts from churches to the Cooperative Program were up for the year. Churches forwarded $27,625,409 toward the state convention’s $28.5 million CP budget in 2014. Although CP gifts were 3.07 percent below budgeted amounts, South Carolina Baptists gave $279,669 more than they […]

North Greenville University president Jimmy Epting to step down in May

(This story was updated February 2, 2015) The North Greenville University board of trustees has announced that Jimmy Epting, the school’s president for the last 23 years, will be taking a sabbatical leave during the current semester and will retire at the end of the school’s fiscal year in May. “We are deeply grateful to […]

David Dockery to speak at Charleston’s Hamrick Lectureship

David Dockery, president of Trinity International University, will be the featured speaker Jan. 18-19 for the 20th annual John A. Hamrick Lectureship at First Baptist Church of Charleston. Dockery previously served for 18 years as president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He has also served as chief academic officer at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, […]

McDowell brings Connie Maxwell relationships to new position

Debbie McDowell, the new director of volunteer services at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, is no stranger to her latest surroundings. Her home church, Temple Baptist in Ninety Six, supported the children’s home throughout McDowell’s life. In Greenwood’s schools, McDowell taught and coached many Connie Maxwell children. One of those students is now her coworker. McDowell […]

Part-time pastor named top leader among small churches

Juan Molina, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Alpha y Omega in Landrum, was named Small Church Pastor of the Year during the November meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Originally from Mexico, Molina immigrated to the U.S. and began working in construction. While in Florida, he was invited to church services, and his life was […]

The Blessing of Giving

Acts 20:35 says, “Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Receiving is a blessing, but giving is the greater blessing. Baptists have consistently taught giving a tithe or more, yet most Baptists do not practice that level of giving. Craig Blomberg, […]

‘Dulcimer man’ brings out the inner musician in many

Dean Eades is the dulcimer man. Over the course of four decades, he has made thousands of the musical instruments and taught all ages to play the simple stringed device. He conducts a two-hour session where he teaches people to play. “We bring a dulcimer for each participant along with a pick and noter (something […]