Church-planting vision tour targets Halifax

Nestled halfway up the eastern coast of Nova Scotia is the booming city of Halifax. Famous for its natural harbor, one of the largest in the world, Halifax is known as the cultural center of Atlantic Canada. With more than 400,000 people living in Nova Scotia’s capital, the need for evangelical churches is great. Yet […]

Three Rivers Association breaks ground on mission center

On June 1, Three Rivers Baptist Association broke ground on a 5,000-square-foot mission center. The center will house offices, meeting rooms, a conference center, disaster relief trailers and other outreach supplies. Much of the construction of the building will take place during July with volunteer carpenters from around South Carolina. The two acres of land […]

Connie Maxwell president Ben Davis awarded two proclamations

Ben Davis, president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, was awarded two proclamations from the Greenwood delegation at the South Carolina Statehouse — one from the House of Representatives and one from the Senate — to commend him for his service at Connie Maxwell. Davis will retire in August. Pictured, from left: Rep. Shannon Riley, Rep. […]

SCBC releases May CP giving report

Cooperative Program gifts from churches forwarded to the South Carolina Baptist Convention were 2.61 percent behind budgeted needs through May. In May, churches sent $2,220,729 in CP gifts, according to information released by Pam Carroll, the SCBC’s chief financial officer. Receipts for the year were $310,467 short of budgeted needs of $11,875,000. At the national […]

Hundreds attend ‘Jerusalem Day’ in Spartanburg, Columbia

Writer: Mary Jean Baxley Christians United for Israel sponsored Jerusalem Day May 28 at First Baptist North Spartanburg and Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia. More than 250 attended the Spartanburg breakfast event. Mike Hamlet, pastor of First Baptist North Spartanburg, said the time spent with Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the U.S., and Sen. […]

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Obituary: Bruce A. Hall

Bruce A. Hall, 87, who served Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pamplico for almost 40 years, died May 26, 2014. A native of Conway, Hall was born on Sept. 17, 1926. He was a graduate of North Greenville University and Furman University, and earned a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in […]

Obituary: Esther Tye Perkins

Esther Tye Perkins, 92, wife of the late Charles G. Perkins Sr., longtime pastor in South Carolina, died May 23, 2014. Born in Eufaula, Ala., she was a daughter of the late James H. and Florence Whitaker Tye. In 1983, she became the first woman pastor of a Southern Baptist church in South Carolina, and […]

Obituary: Shirley Faye Hopkins Archer

Shirley Faye Hopkins Archer, 71, of Moncks Corner, died May 12, 2014. She was the wife of retired pastor William E. “Bill” Archer for more than 53 years. Born in Abbeville in 1942, she often served as WMU director and Sunday school teacher. She was a pianist and organist for much of her life and […]

Obituary: Bernett Waitt

Bernett Monroe Waitt, 85, of Summerville, a minister for 58 years, died March 31, 2014. Born Feb. 11, 1929, in Winnsboro, he graduated from Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His South Carolina Baptist pastorates included Antioch, Red Hill, and Republican churches in Edgefield; Reevesville Church in Reevesville; and First Church of Timmonsville. He […]