How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?

Does your family or church have a special way of celebrating Thanksgiving? Are there certain traditions that make the holiday more meaningful for you? If so, we’d like to hear about them. By submitting your story, you agree that we may use your name and story in a future article to be published in The Courier. […]

God calls ‘all kinds of people’ to missions

Editor’s note: For security reasons, last names of missionaries in this story are omitted. In 1999, Jeff and Cyndi were raising their family in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Jeff had worked for 20 years in corporate banking, and they were content. Then God called.  “I was working as a vice president at a local […]

Hellams named VP, president’s chief of staff at Southern Seminary

South Carolina native Tom Hellams has been named vice president for denominational relations and chief of staff, Office of the President, at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, president R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced Aug. 19. “I’m very pleased that Tom Hellams is re-joining the Southern Seminary executive team,” Mohler said. “He is a man of rare […]

Fruitland to offer online associate degree

Students enrolling at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in the fall of 2014 have the option of completing an associate degree in Christian ministry and worldview entirely online. President David Horton said the program will enable students to pursue a degree who are unable to attend the main campus in Hendersonville, N.C. The online curriculum consists […]

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 […]

South Carolina church is Southern Baptist Convention’s largest

A South Carolina church with multiple campuses tops the list of the largest SBC churches in the nation, according to Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. NewSpring Church, based in Anderson, has more than 27,000 people in attendance each Sunday at its 10 South Carolina campuses. […]

Courier readers tell how ‘A Teacher Changed My Life’

We asked Courier readers to tell us about teachers who have shaped their lives for the better. Here are some of the responses we received. A shoulder to cry on I moved from Boston, Mass., to Saluda, S.C., for nine months in 1982 when I was 11 years old. I attended Hollywood Elementary School for […]