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 […]

South Carolina Baptists to gather under ‘LiveIT’ banner for 2014 annual meeting

Representatives from churches across the South Carolina Baptist Convention are set to convene Nov. 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia for the denomination’s 194th annual meeting. This year’s theme of “LiveIT” is reflective of the convention-wide vision emphasis of “Great Commission Living,” which was adopted at last year’s annual meeting. In addition to welcoming […]

SCBC’s Orman to retire; accepts Mississippi position

Roger Orman, associate executive director for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, has announced his retirement effective Nov. 30. Orman, who joined the state convention staff in 2000, is relocating to his home state of Mississippi, where he will serve as a team leader for discipleship development and Sunday school with the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board […]

You Do WHAT Kind of Ministry?

Jamie Ballentine is in the “mascot ministry.” What does that mean? He says, “My talent is performing as a stuffed animal.” He was “Cocky,” the mascot for the South Carolina Gamecocks, from 2002 to 2006 and planned a career as a professional mascot. Working in different places, he eventually landed in Charleston and was the […]

Report of 2014 SCBC Committee on Committees

Tony Smith, Chairman (All terms to begin Jan. 1, 2015) (*non-church employee, #unexpired term) Bylaws Committee Chairman: Bill Rigsby Vice Chairman: David Barfield Tyler Caines, Loris (2017) Denis McCory, Nichols (2017) Ken Petrus, Greenwood (2017) Tom Turner, Anderson (2016 — unexpired term, replacing Sam Evatt) Alternate: *Phil Ellenburg Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee Chairman: […]

Lexington pastor will be nominee for SCBC president

Rocky Purvis, senior pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Lexington, will be nominated for president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at this year’s annual meeting, to be held Nov. 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. He is the second confirmed nominee, joining Tommy Kelly, pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church. “I was called […]

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 […]

Obituary: Joseph Seay

Joseph Daniel Seay Sr., 94, of Greenville, died Aug. 16, 2014. Born in Oconee County, he was a Southern Baptist minister for 55 years. He served four churches in 30 years, including Forestville Baptist Church in Greenville and Edgewood Baptist Church in Greer. He also held pastorates in North Carolina. He was a graduate of […]