Retired missionary sees positive signs

June Batson Goodwin, a retired Southern Baptist missionary who grew up in South Carolina, says interest and involvement in missions is on the rise. Goodwin, 86, who lives near Raleigh, N.C., recently visited her home church, Reedy River Baptist Church in Greenville, where she was recognized for her career service as a missionary. She and […]

Upstate men share ‘Lamb of God’ in Israel

“I have come from South Carolina to tell you I love the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. My love for the God of Israel has given me a love for the people of Israel.” That was Michael Post’s introduction to several Israelis during an evangelistic trip in August. “This opened up the door to […]

Q&A with Jim Austin, retiring SCBC executive director

Editor’s note: Jim Austin, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention since April 2007, will retire on Oct. 7. We asked him to talk about his tenure as the state convention’s chief executive and his thoughts on the future for South Carolina Baptists. COURIER: What would you consider to be the most important thing […]

State CP giving 6 percent behind budget

Gifts from South Carolina Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program were 6.06 percent short of budgeted goals through August, according to information released by Pam Carroll, chief financial officer for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The state convention budget runs from Jan. 1-Dec. 31. At the national level, year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and […]

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 […]

North Greenville University dedicates new tennis complex

North Greenville University takes another giant step in completing its athletics master plan in 2014. On Friday, September 19, the school held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Vance Tennis Complex. Although the funds raised for this facility came from multiple donors, the lead naming gift came from the family of Vance and Theda […]

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. […]

CSU sets enrollment record on 50th anniversary

Charleston Southern University has opened the 2014-2015 academic year with a record high enrollment and the kickoff of the university’s 50th anniversary. The 3,417 students (3,013 undergraduates and 404 graduates) represent the university’s largest enrollment in its history and a 3.9 percent increase over last year. President Jairy Hunter said, “Our vision of integrating faith […]

Record freshman class moves in at Anderson

By far, the largest freshman class in Anderson University history moved into the residence halls on campus Saturday morning August 16. 657 freshmen, an increase of 150 or 30% over last year’s class and 125 more than the previous record class in 2012 will officially become AU Trojans. Remarkably, the freshman class of 2014 is […]